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Every profession has its own set of ethical guidelines most of its members adhere to. And while the design industry's code of ethics might not be as crucial as, say, the medical industry, there are still some important ethical considerations...
Search for any design-related term and you'll be greeted by a wall of competition. From invasive AdWords pitches to aggressively marketed websites, online competition in the web design world is rapidly approaching its breaking point. Small...
If you work as a freelance web designer or developer, you probably rely on a number of applications to perform daily tasks. From crafting code and pushing pixels to productivity and business management, it's usually safe to say, "There's an...
Cash flow is crucial for any business, but especially important for small businesses and freelancers. When you think back to when you first started your freelance design career, you probably didn’t expect to spend so much time chasing down...
If you don't like the idea of working for somebody else and you're quite attracted to idea of world domination then starting a web design business might be right up your alley. Unfortunately though, contrary to popular speculation, it's not...
We all know the importance of fact-finding before starting any web design project. We can't really get started on a project until we know exactly what's needed, what the client wants, and who the site is aimed at. In fact, in most cases we can't...
About two years ago, Chris Pearson's WordPress theme, Thesis, passed the $2 million mark in total sales. It's a remarkable achievement for a design-based product, particularly given the industry. Here is a theme-not a platform, but a theme-beating...
If you want to pursue full-time employment in the web design industry but not in an agency, then chances are that you'll be looking at working as an in-house web designer or developer for an internet based company. This type of role comes with...
Client relationships almost always start out really well. You're both excited to be working together, they're looking forward to a new site and you're looking forward to creating something really amazing. Sometimes it stays this way throughout...
While millions of people share the dream of working from home, very few understand its difficulties. From online distractions to technical malfunctions, online entrepreneurs and freelancers face thousands of potential setbacks, each...
Working with clients is one of the most difficult parts of being a web designer. It's a challenge which we face each and every day, regardless of whether we work in-house, as freelancers, or as agency owners. Some clients are great, while others...
Keeping organized is crucial to any successful freelancer. Failure to do so will eventually cause your projects to pile up, getting messy or missing important milestones. Meet Fanurio, a life saver for freelancers! It's a time tracking and...
It doesn't take much to set off a tsunami of public relations headaches in the digital world. As the last 12 months have shown us-what with BP's environmental disaster and a variety of online scandals-the damage that a disgruntled client or...
No one intends for their business to stagnate. In an attempt to advance their freelance work, many people turn to the wealth of advice on the Internet. But several age-old virtues seem to be lacking from the online conversation. This post is...