The Top 5 Myths About Being a Freelance Web Designer

Starting a business is one of the biggest leaps of faith you’ll ever take. And it seems like more people in the web design and development fields make this move every day. Why? Well, it’s an attractive proposition. Web design isn’t a particularly expensive business to get into. While you can use brand-name tools, there …

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Getting Clients to Work Your Way

They say that “the customer is always right”. And while that may be true (most of the time), it certainly doesn’t mean that we have to bend over backwards for them in every instance. I should know, as I spent years attempting to contort myself to fit whatever clients wanted. One area that is particularly …

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What Do Potential Clients Want to See in Your Portfolio?

A design portfolio can be a tricky thing. On one hand, it’s very much a necessity for showing the world the great work you’re doing. At the same time, not everyone is going to pour over every bit of your work with a microscope. In fact, this isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition. So, what impact should …

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9 Time Tracking Apps for Freelancers

When you’re not working on the typical schedule of a nine-to-five job, it’s easy to lose track of all those hours. Where is all that time going? If you’re struggling to stay on task, or just want to make the most of your hours, one of these time tracking apps is just the thing. It’s …

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Avoiding Burnout: The Working After Hours Rulebook

We’ve all been there. Those situations where there is too much to do and not enough time to get it done. It’s a common problem in just about all fields, but it seems especially so for freelancers. Because, when you’re working solo, everything rests on your shoulders. Therefore, the temptation to work after normal business …

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How to Stay Focused and Productive as a Freelancer

For some freelancers, churning out work and keeping focused comes easy. For others, it’s a living nightmare. If you find yourself struggling and wasting hours on social media, all hope isn’t lost. Before you give up on freelancing and go back to that office job, try these tips to get back on track. Establish Structure …

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How to Set Yourself Apart from DIY Website Providers

Competition within the web design industry is fierce. With the sheer number of agencies and freelancers out there fighting for clients, it can feel like no project is uncontested. Throw in the ever-growing list of companies that offer DIY solutions for business owners and the market becomes even more overcrowded. For many of us, it …

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10 Free Excel Templates for Freelance Designers

As a freelancer, you have to keep track of everything. From monitoring budgets to planning new creative ventures, there’s way too much information to keep track of. Some people work on paper or cobble together tables in word processors, but both of these options are difficult to manage. If you own Excel, however, you have …

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The Struggle for Freelance Growth

Being a freelance web designer offers plenty of advantages. You get to work the way you want and for the type of clients you prefer. Whether you’re specializing in a niche or open to anything – it’s all for you to decide. And, if you manage to hang around long enough, you’ll have found a …

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Branding 101 for Freelance Designers

Branding seems like marketing jargon, but it’s actually an extremely important part of freelancing – much more than it’s given credit for. Whether or not you think branding is important or find it ridiculous, the truth is that we live in an era where branding is crucial to a freelancer’s success. It’s important to see …

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