Designers and the Need to Get Disconnected

by Steven Snell
on June 5, 2009

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Working as a web designer requires substantial amounts of time on the internet, or at least in front of a computer. This, of course, means that we face all kinds of potential distractions throughout our daily lives. Being accessible to clients and colleagues through email and Twitter is a necessity that most of us gotten used to and accepted as the nature of the job. However, occasionally getting away from this environment can do wonders for your work and for your business, especially for freelancers.

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8 Signs of a Great Client

by Steven Snell
on May 6, 2009

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Client work can be fun and rewarding, or it can be frustrating and discouraging. Freelancers deal with clients on an every day basis, so there are bound to be some good and bad experiences in the mix. Recognizing and appreciating a good client can sometimes lead to more of the same as you may be able to find ways to work with the client on an on-going basis, or you may be able to encourage referrals who will have some of the same characteristics.

From my experience, good clients have a number of common characteristics besides simply paying on time. In this article we’ll take a look at some signs of a good client, and why they are important.

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13 Tips for Working with WordPress on Client Sites

by Steven Snell
on March 25, 2009

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In the right situation WordPress is an excellent CMS to use for client websites. As a designer/developer, it provides flexibility and it’s easy to work with. From the client’s perspective, it’s free and open-source and it gives them control over the content of their own website. However, there are some things that you’ll need to consider when working with WordPress as a CMS for clients. If you have built your own personal sites on WordPress you’re probably used to doing things in certain ways. Clients, on the other hand, may have a different experience and it’s important to consider some things during the process. In this article I’ll discuss some things from my own personal experience, feel free to share your own thoughts in the comments.

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Essential Qualities of a Home Office

by Steven Snell
on March 12, 2009

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Being able to earn a living working from home is a great privilege, and something in which most freelancers and web workers invest a great deal of effort. Part of being successful in this setting is creating a work space that is conducive to getting things done, and that will help to keep you relaxed and at peace when things can get stressful.

In this article we’ll take a look at 9 essentials of a great home office. I’d love to get some feedback from readers that have opinions on the topic from their own experience.

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