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Do you call yourself a freelance web designer? If so, you are only partially correct. The truth is that you also need to be a salesperson. If you can’t sell your own services, you likely won’t be a freelance web designer for long. A Google search...
If a company’s branding materials should seek to leave a mark, then Austrian design studio Bureau Rabensteiner has more than met the challenge with a recent client project. Using thermo-sensitive black ink, these visionary creatives...
As I put the phone down, I was still shaking quietly. It was one of the hardest phone calls I've had to make. I had just told the client that I was tired of him messing me around, that the way he worked was making it impossible for me to produce good work,...
Even the most creative mind needs a bit of left-brain order sometimes. While more work is what every freelancer and business wants because it means more earnings, it can also mean more stress, more admin and less time to spare. The answer is planning:...
Have you ever just finished a project and wondered: How can I do more for this client? or perhaps you were thinking: Oh darn, now I have to look for new clients. It doesn’t have to be that way. The most valuable clients are the ones that stay...
Whilst the trend for online business continues to grow, there is a significant increase in the number of consumers choosing not to do business online. The most oft-quoted reason is privacy. Six months ago, several thousand euros were charged...
Freelancers (and anyone else who works for him or herself) know that the tide of work ebbs and flows. There’s little question, then, that given the rather capricious nature of incoming projects, it’s critical to meet deadlines—after...
Are you trying to grow your freelance web development or design business? Do you want to spend more time designing websites and less time trying to figure out what the client really wants and needs? By finding the right web design niche, you can...
Picture this: you’re a freelance designer just starting out. You don’t have much of a reputation yet, but you know what direction you want to go in and who to design for. Your budget is low to non-existent, and you want to start reeling in some...
/ / Jan 15, 2013
Design and development community Forrst is a great resource for designers and developers who want to share their work and get feedback from others in their field. They made news last year when they were purchased by Colourlovers, and now they've...
Developing a good portfolio is an absolutely indispensable part of building a client base, or getting a good job for that matter. And developing a good portfolio can be a very difficult thing to do if you don't know all the little tricks. Fortunately...
Cards on the table: First and foremost, I’m a writer. And while I’ve worked with more than my share of design gurus, I’m not one myself. But that doesn’t mean we don’t share some commonality—namely, an affinity for the creative,...
I decided to sell my web design company when we were a top 3 agency within our province for medium-sized websites. We were profitable, had 17 employees and life was good. Naturally I believed I'd find a buyer easily, but I was wrong. Even though...
In the epic battle of Jedi vs. Sith, it never hurts to wield a trusty…business card? A tongue-in-cheek collection of Star Wars business cards has popped up on The Mary Sue, and according to one collector, they’re circa 1977 legit. If the...