How to Really Accomplish What You Need to Get Done by Becoming More Accountable

by Laura Spencer
on June 27, 2014

in Business/Freelance

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We’re well into 2014 by now. How are you coming with your annual freelance web design business goals?

That’s what I thought. But don’t worry. It’s not just you. Most of us are behind on our goals.

One of the biggest perks of freelancing is also one of the biggest problems. To be precise, the problem is the fact that you don’t answer to a boss.

Most freelancers that I know love the fact that no one is looking over their shoulder to make sure that they get their work done. And I agree. Not having a boss can be great.

  • Want a day off? Just take it.
  • Having trouble getting started in the morning? No problem. Get up later.
  • Don’t feel like working today? Then don’t.
  • Do you dread working with that problem client today? Put it off until tomorrow.

You get the picture. There’s a lot of freedom when you’re a freelancer.

Unfortunately, sometimes that freedom means that you don’t get your work done. You may miss deadlines. You may not keep up with your accounting tasks. You might put off marketing until you have no clients coming in.

It’s easy to see how freelancing freedom can be detrimental to your web design business.

Fortunately, you can do something about it. You can choose to be accountable. In this post, I’ll explain how accountability can improve your productivity and help you to get more done. I’ll also describe what to look for in an accountability partner and list some possible accountability partners.

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What You Absolutely Must Know Before You Form a Web Design Partnership

by Laura Spencer
on June 20, 2014

in Business/Freelance

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Should you work with a freelance design partner?

The answer is “maybe.”

Not every freelancer is cut out to be in a partnership. And not every pair of freelance designers who decide to work together succeed.

For many, working with a freelancing partner is the best thing that ever happened to them. But for others, forming a partnership results in nothing but chaos and misery.

What’s the difference?

That’s an excellent question, and one that we’ll explore in this post. We’ll look at why some partnerships work and others don’t. I’ll also provide five tips to help you form a working web design partnership.

If you liked this post, you may also like 10 Essential Guidelines for Freelance Collaboration.

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

by Laura Spencer
on May 16, 2014

in Business/Freelance

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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.

If you like this post, you may also like Freelancers, Use this 22-Point Checklist to Find Out How Professional You Are.

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How to Deal with Web Design Clients You’ve Never Seen

by Laura Spencer
on April 25, 2014

in Web Design

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“I could never work for someone I’ve never met.”

My friend was discussing my freelancing career with me and she couldn’t imagine working for clients she’d never met in person. But freelance web designers and other freelancers do it all the time.

Many freelancers connect with their clients primarily through the Internet. Their clients might be located across town, or across the world. It’s simply not practical or cost-effective to personally visit every web design client.

Working with remote clients has some unique challenges. But it’s quite possible (and probably even necessary in today’s competitive market) to successfully include remote clients into your business strategy.

In this post, I’ll provide some key strategies for dealing with web design clients that you never meet face-to-face. You’re also invited to share any tips you have for dealing with remote clients.

If you enjoyed this post, you may also like 6 Common Freelancing Problems That Using a Contract May Solve.

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