Are You Really Ready for Freelance Web Design after Graduation? Check Here First

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You’re about to graduate. Or maybe next year will be your last year of school.

After graduation, you have your career all planned out. There’ll be no traditional 9-to-5 grind for you. Your future is in freelancing… or so you think.

I have one question for you. If you plan to become a freelance web designer after graduation, are you really ready?

You may think you are ready to begin freelancing right out of school, but chances are that you’re not.

Fortunately, there are some steps to take to prepare yourself for freelance web design even before you graduate. In fact, the earlier you start preparing yourself for freelancing, the better.

So, if you’ve still got another year of school, be glad. That gives you some extra time to get yourself ready for freelancing.

However, if you’re graduating this year, don’t panic. There are still some steps you can take to get ready for freelancing.

In this post, I list over ten ways that students can prepare themselves for a future in freelance web design before they finish school.

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Freelancers, Use this 22-Point Checklist to Find Out How Professional You Are

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As a freelance designer who works hard, you probably pride yourself on the quality of your work. And with good cause. You know that your work is good.

But, doing good work and having a professional business mindset are different things. To truly succeed as a freelance design professional, you actually need both.

In this post, I’ll explain the importance of having a professional business mindset. I’ll also provide a 22-point checklist you can use as a guideline to find out whether you could improve on your professionalism.

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12 Goals That Freelance Web Designers and Other Freelancers Should Consider for 2014

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It’s that time of the year again. At the end of every year and at the beginning of the new year, freelancers and others start setting goals for the coming year.

While I’m not necessarily a big advocate of personal New Year’s Resolutions (simply because I think many are unrealistic and most get broken within a month anyway), I do believe in business planning, especially for freelancers. And planning involves goals.

Coming up with goals that make sense can be hard. Especially if you’re not used to setting business goals.

That’s why in this post I’ve done a lot of the hard work for you. I’ve listed twelve goals that will make sense for most freelancers. Also, since there are twelve of them, you may wish to tackle one goal a month to make the list more manageable.

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Earning Over $100k Per Year as a Freelancer

Every week my email inbox is overflowing with marketing emails that, for the most part, are not very interesting. But a few weeks ago I got an email from the guys at LearnWebDevelopment.com that really caught my attention. I met these guys at a conference last year, and they invited me to check out their program. After spending some time with them and exchanging a slew of emails, I realized they had a pretty unique program, and this was something my readers would be interested in.

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In the spirit of full disclosure, I want to be extremely transparent with my readers. Because I’m such a fan of their product I’ve partnered with them to be an affiliate to help promote their training. They offer a great product and I will receive compensation from them if you purchase their training, so it’s a win-win for everyone.

10 Principles of Successful Freelancers

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How do you know when you are successful? If you’ve ever questioned your freelancing success, you’ll want to learn the principles of successful freelancers.

75+ Articles to Help Freelance Designers Find More Work

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Where do you find work?

For freelance designers and developers, finding work on a consistent basis is one of the biggest challenges. Especially in the current economy, this is one aspect of freelancing that prevents some from achieving everything they want as a freelancer. Fortunately, there are plenty of great articles available online that can help you to improve in certain areas that will help you to have a steady workload.

In this post we’ll feature more than 75 articles on various topics that can help freelancers to find more work and achieve a more stable and significant income.

Gaining Confidence as an Inexperienced Freelance Designer

One of the reasons that freelancing attracts so many people is the ease of entry. With a computer and a few basic programs anyone can learn enough to put together websites and start working as a freelancer. It can be be debated (and it has been) whether this is good or bad for the industry as a whole, but the fact is that there are a lot of freelancers out there, part-time and full-time, that don’t have loads of experience as a designer.

However, just because it’s easy to enter the market as a freelancer doesn’t mean that it’s easy to find and retain clients, do build quality websites, and to make a living from your work. Many freelancers start out with high hopes, only to be discouraged by the reality that they find in their work. With so many other freelancers and design studios out there, one of the most important things that an inexperienced freelancer needs to develop is confidence in themselves and their work.

5 Effective Ways for Freelance Web Designers to Manage Information Overload

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Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed lately?

It’s no wonder. There are literally over a hundred million active websites. To be more precise, according the October 2013 Netcraft Web Server Survey (which is designed to count websites) there are 767,234,152 websites.

That’s a lot of information. Odds are that you’ve only personally encountered a fraction of those websites. And even that fraction can seem like too much.

If you add in all of the sharing that happens on social media sites, the thousands of blogs and news channels that are updated nearly every single day, and all of the images that are uploaded–the amount of information we are constantly bombarded with is staggering.

The web has become a noisy, noisy place. There’s no way any one freelancer can absorb it all. And they shouldn’t have to.

In this post, I describe five effective techniques that freelance web designers and others can use to manage information overload. If you enjoyed this post, you may also like How to Find and Use the Information You Really Need.