Freelance

  • Help Wanted: Websites For Finding Design And Programming Jobs

    There are a lot of advantages to freelancing. You will have more flexibility over the hours you work, you won’t have to commute to work any more and best of all, you are your own boss. It can be hard work landing a job. Not to mention making sure a project is completed successfully can mean working unsocial hours from time to time, however most people who leave their 9 to 5 jobs are happy with the freedom freelancing offers.



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  • A Day in the Life of Freelance Designers

    Ever wonder what freelance designers do all day? Do they sleep in, design in their pajamas and drink tons of coffee? How do they juggle design, social networking, admin duties, lunch, families, the gym and so on? As designers and developers, most of us have often wondered how others spend their days and manage their freelance businesses so successfully.



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  • Humble Freelancer, Assertive Businessperson – A How To

    If you’re a freelance designer, or you work for another company, you got there not because you love business, but because you’re a designer at heart. The business side of things came as a necessary evil, but you really love nothing more than to doodle all day, mess around in photoshop, or bang out semantic code. There are a lot of traits of being a good designer which are counter-intuitive to being a good business person



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  • Types of Designers Not to Be!

    Here we have somewhat of a cautionary tale for all of those in the field, to help guide us away from those behavioral models that we should all avoid. Well, that we should avoid if we do not wish to have the often negative connotations that are associated with these types of designers impacting our reputation as a member of the industry…



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  • Live Together or Die Alone : Spec Work vs the Community

    For years the web design and development communities have had an enemy amongst the ranks. A wolf in sheep’s clothing, parading through the communities as a friend of the game, when really it is more of a foe. Perhaps a well intentioned foe, as some might argue, but a foe nonetheless. That enemy goes by the name of Spec Work.



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  • The Art of Saying “No”

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    For the most part, working in the design and development communities can often leave you feeling like somewhat of a ‘Yes’ person. That person who stands behind the client, nodding in agreement and understanding as the path to the project unfolds before you. For in this business, it pays to wear this agreeable hat. It helps the client begin to see us an ally in their mission, someone who they can work with to make their project see the proverbial light of day, not have to work around so to speak.



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  • Freelancing Tools: Key Ideas to Better Time Management

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    The modern freelancer has a platter of tasks and responsibilities dumped onto their head every day. The masses assume the work-from-home lifestyle to be a refreshing break from the corporate office, though at times we see this is not the case. Freelancing shifts most power into the hands of designers and developers to create and work with whoever they want. It’s a big step towards running your own business and provides enormous potential in regards to income and professional experience.



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  • Tips for Fighting Freelance Burnout

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    Freelancers are somewhat of a singular breed according to some of the outside perceptions held about us. We hear it all the time from friends and family, even at times from near strangers, that they could never work for themselves from home and actually be productive. Without some predetermined hierarchical structure that pits someone above them demanding results from them each day they are in the office.



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  • 5 Ways Listening to Well-Produced Music Can Improve Your Design

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    Need some fresh inspiration? Listening to well-produced music can improve your design. Sometimes the best inspiration is found in something completely unrelated to what you’re doing. If yet another design book or article — or studying your favorite designs — isn’t helping much, listening to well-produced music can give you fresh, much-needed insight and greatly improve your design.



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  • How to Not Catch a Social Media Disease

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    I caught a disease from social media and I don’t know if it’s “tweetable” by modern medicine. I am fully vested in all the important social sites; LinkedIn for business, Facebook for friends, old business coworkers and a few “must know” people registered for the big time waster. I even have a fan page. I have a couple of blogs, write for some blogs that aren’t mine, I tweet, I Plaxo, Spock and other social sites I’ve long since deleted the bookmarks. I was one of the first people to discover social media. Not a pat on the back – just a testament to my ability to keep my sanity.



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