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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...
It's hard to believe that 2012 is coming to a close. We lived through the Mayan "apocalypse". And we're now looking at the start of another year. It's traditional to make some New Year's resolutions at the start of the year. 45% of Americans generally...
Any time you choose an artistic career path, such as web design, you are in for a mix of triumphs and challenges. One of these challenges is bound to be financial. But if you find ways to operate within a budget, you will be able to maximize the money...
/ / Dec 27, 2012
When I walk into a design studio, there are several things I know I'll see; tattoos, piercings and toys... lots and lots of each. Why do designers, as well as non-creatives, love toys? We love toys because they are the first art form to which we...
/ / Dec 26, 2012
The wonders of the QR code have been proved over and over for marketing and customer engagement. You see them all over, read about them in countless articles and have probably used them for a client's project, but what about the fun side? Have...
The first question to ask, is do you really need to send Christmas cards to your clients and business contacts, and if so why? The answer is 'yes', and for very good reasons. Leaving aside 'the spreading good cheer' aspect, sending holiday greetings...