What You Need to Know About Freelancing Before You Start

by Laura Spencer
on May 21, 2012

in Business/Freelance

Over a fourth of all workers are self-employed according to some studies, and now you want to join them. You’ve decided to become a freelance designer or other freelancer.

You’re especially looking forward to:

  • Not having a boss
  • Picking your own projects
  • Setting your own hours
  • Working from home

But, hold on a minute. You can have all that…maybe. However, if you’re thinking about freelancing design there are some things that you really need to know before you start.

In this post, I’ll list some freelancing details that many bloggers and gurus “forget” to mention. By considering these details up front, you’ll avoid disappointment later on and get more from your freelancing design career.

If you enjoy this post, you may also like 12 Reasons You Shouldn’t Freelance.

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40 Photos of Creative Offices & Freelance Workspaces

by Jake Rocheleau
on May 11, 2012

in Business/Freelance

There’s no denying that Wordpress has become the leading CMS on the market. Anybody looking to launch a simple website would be foolish not to consider WP. It has the largest amount of free themes and plugins – not to mention the huge base of developers working to push out bug fixes every day.

But just working with the default Wordpress options is not enough. That’s why I have this collection of 26 amazing resources for those interested in learning Wordpress. You can find hundreds of free templates & plugins to mess around with. Additionally some web developers have written tutorials on how you can edit code and customize your installation. Spend some time going through these links and be sure to share your thoughts with us in the post discussion area.

Creative Office Aquarium

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3 Ways WordPress Makes You a More Profitable Web Designer

by Conrad Feagin
on April 24, 2012

in Business/Freelance

A lot of web designers – both beginning and advanced – ask me how they can increase their hourly rate.

They want to work fewer hours and make more money so they can have the things they want without sacrificing time with their family and friends.

Some web designers know this is possible, they just don’t know how to do it. Other web designers think it’s a “pie in the sky” kind of dream.

I’m here to tell you, making $125 (or more) per hour as a web designer is not unheard of. In fact, it’s the average rate my students are able to make after completing our training programs at LearnWebDevelopment.com.

For the past 8 years, I have worked with tens of thousands of beginning web designers and, as a result, I’ve developed the best way to start and run a web design business.

For both beginning and advanced web designers, one piece of advice comes up frequently: To increase your hourly income, build your websites in WordPress.

Over the past few years, since I started recommending WordPress, it’s only increased in popularity and demand. It’s gone from a simple blogging platform to the most popular content management system around. It’s so popular that clients are now asking for WordPress websites.

If you’re still not using WordPress to increase your web design income, what are you waiting for? Here are three ways WordPress will make you a more profitable web designer:

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What to Do When You Get Sick

by Laura Spencer
on April 4, 2012

in Business/Freelance Inspiration

Getting sick is no fun for anyone. For a freelance designer (and other freelancers), getting sick (or injured) might spell financial disaster. That’s because freelance designers who don’t work don’t get paid. There’s also the risk of losing a client.

In this post, I examine some of the uncomfortable decisions freelancers must face when they become ill. If you enjoyed this post, you might also like Freelancing During an Illness.

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