Freelance

  • Why Having a Blog is so Important for Freelance Designers

    With competition rising among designers, using social media is more important than ever, especially having your own blog to help spotlight your talent and abilities. A blog can not only show your work but your thought process, knowledge and professional demeanor… if it’s done correctly!



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  • Improve Yourself: WriteFull Helps Writers Get Better

    A new app for Windows and Mac OS X helps writers improve their writing. As long as they are writing in English, that is. After having called it via its configurable keyboard shortcut, WriteFull sits in a small pop-over above your words, eager to help you find words, synonyms, correct phrases and more. In its free-to-use iteration, WriteFull uses the Google Books database. The app is available as a free download. All in all, we found that this is enough reason to take a closer look at it…



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    Best Practice: How to Make Your Business Card Work

    We all love articles that show cool and amazing business cards. They are creative, well-designed, and inspire us to do better with our own cards. The problem is; do they work? Do people keep them, share them with others, but most importantly — do they encourage clients to call you?



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  • Freelancers Rejoice: Billbooks Helps You Run Your Business Successfully

    Invoicing is a task that does not appeal to a lot of people. Yet, if it is not done properly, you’ll never get paid for all the great work you’ve done. There is no getting round it. Whether it is Google Sheets or Excel or any other kind of solution, you need an easy and reliable way to administer your bills and expenses. Billbooks is a fairly new service that wants to help you get these things done. We here at Noupe have taken a deeper look at what you can expect…



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  • Design Contests: The Pros and Cons

    One of the biggest hot buttons for designers is the subject of design contests. The mere mention brings murderous comments from most, and the belief that these contests are devaluing the entire design industry. So, are these contests the death rattle for the average freelancer? Is there a bright side to the dark side, or does the design industry have to change to meet the same fate retailers faced when online shopping started gaining popularity? Here’s the pros and cons of the new crowdsourcing.



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  • Value for Free: What to Give to Get Peoples’ Email Addresses

    Your blog’s email subscribers are the life and blood of your online business. Your blog is, quite rightfully, judged by the number of subscribers it has. There are many ways to get more email subscribers. One of the most important one of them is giving away something in exchange of peoples’ email IDs. But the question is – what should you be giving?



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  • Leaving The Treadmill: The Five Biggest Advantages of Freelance Writing

    Writers are needed everywhere. It is one of the most ubiquitous professions of the world. Be it newspapers, magazines, comic books, websites, blogs – they all require writers.
    You can become a writer in two ways. One – Take up a full-time job in an office of your town that is recruiting writers. Yes, this will be a day job. Two – Offer your writing services to different clients and charge on per project basis. This is known as freelance writing.



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  • Sit Down And Shut Up: How To Rescue Your Clients From Their Own Bad Taste

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    We’ve all been there before: a client hires you to design something, let’s say a website, for them. Work is good, right? But then as you start working on the spec with them, red flags start to crop up. Does your client proactively push you in directions you would never want to go? Does your client demand for the most aweful color palette that has ever been used in the history of web design? Let’s stop him. I’ll show you how..



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  • Tips for Designing Small Websites Faster and Cheaper without Sacrificing Quality

    Web designers/developers often find themselves needing to turn down small projects simply due to a lack of time or budget. For instance, a friend may be starting a doggie daycare and needs a simple website to provide clients with information. Or maybe a cousin needs to create a website for her social club events. Some of these projects may only pay in exchange of services, a much lower fee than you would offer if it wasn’t your cousin, or maybe even no pay at all.



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  • The Anatomy Of A Web Designer [Infographic]

    The people at UK web hosting company Heart Internet wanted to find out what web designers think of their jobs, their perspectives and the industry as a whole. As 5oo designers had their say, the results may well be seen as at least not totally out of range. Still they are not representative for the industry as a whole. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the key findings…



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