Freelance

  • The Perfect Brainstorm: A How To

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    Given our fields of interest and chosen professions, most of us have at least once in our lives had to brainstorm for one reason or another. But for those of us who apply this mental tool in our creative pursuits much more regularly, learning to do so effectively is crucial.



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  • Some Reasons You Might Not Want To Become A Web Designer

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    Web design is often an appealing career choice for artistic and creative people. It’s seen as a potentially lucrative opportunity to be creative on a daily basis. But there are drawbacks that many people don’t realize going into the field.



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  • Better Time Management for Improved Cash Flow

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    We’ve all heard it: time is money. And as much as we sometimes hate to look at it in such base terms, it’s mostly true. As service providers (designers and developers), the time we spend on a project is directly proportional to how much we’re getting paid. How we spend our time also has a big effect on when money comes in.



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  • Tips for More Effective Business Meetings

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    Whether we like it or not, most of our professional lives are going to have their fair share of time spent in meetings. Be it with our coworkers or clients, a measurable fraction of our working lives will more than likely be taken up in an engaged discussion of tactics, projects, progress, etc.



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  • Freelancers Leaving the Comfort Zone

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    You’ve spent years honing your design skills in that corporate cubicle you’ve been living in, hoping for the day when you would finally make the jump to full time freelance. You’ve taken on some side jobs from some friends or friends of friends, but now you are itching to be out on your own. There’s just one glitch…



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  • When Designers And Developers Work Together

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    Even in today’s fluctuating job market, one rule that still remains constant and true is to always play to your strengths. Part of this comes from having a complete and firm grasp of your own capabilities and limitations, while part of it also comes from knowing the same about those you are working with. However, as we grow in our abilities we may begin entering a comfort zone wherein wearing every hat and attempting to take on the entire task by ourselves becomes more of a viable reality. And one that we may decide to run with.



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  • Get More Done: 10 Tips for a More Productive Web Design Process

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    I’m sure most web designers would love to get more done in a given day. Those that don’t probably wish they could get the work they do have done faster, giving them more free time. The good news is that you can do both: shorten your work day and get more done.



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  • Successful Freelancing for Web Designers: Buy our new eBook Now!

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    It’s time for something completely different. We have not published our own books at Noupe yet, but we did publish a couple over there at Smashing Magazine. Recently, we launched an eBook series. The first eBook was about Professional Web Design. And now our second eBook, brand new, is dedicated to Rules and Guidelines For Successful Freelancing. The book contains 260 pages and contains some articles that have appeared here on Noupe.



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  • A Designer’s Guide To Effective Proposals And Invoices

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    Because of the potential for variations in the different aspects of a web design project, creating a proposal or invoice for such a project can be trickier than that of another industry like accounting or legal services. If your proposal isn’t created carefully, it can lead to misunderstandings and unhappy clients (not to mention the grief it can cause you). The same is true for invoices: if it’s not clear what they’re paying for, clients can delay making payments or dispute charges.



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  • Effective Tips To Start Freelancing Without Getting Too Comfy

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    There are many reasons to leave secure employment and embrace freelancing, from enjoying professional freedom to enjoying actual physical freedom. When you work for someone else, you spend eight (or more) hours in their office, and usually not just any hours, but those from 9:00 to 5:00, when everyone is awake and doing business. Don’t you resent that? Of course you do! Who wants to wake up every morning to go spend their most productive hours doing something marginally engaging, listening to criticism from people they do not particularly respect and whose judgment they often doubt, just to make someone else’s business grow?



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