Posts categorized as: Business/Freelance

Why You May Need a Social Media Specialist

by Laura Spencer

November 18, 2013 in Business/Freelance

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Do web designers and web developers need the services of a social media specialist?

The answer is…it depends. Here are some key questions to help you find out if you need the services of a social media specialist:

  • Do you want to grow your business?
  • Do you have a product to sell?
  • Do you operate a blog for profit?
  • Is the traffic to your website or blog lethargic or dropping?
  • Do you seem to get the wrong kind of reader?

If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, then your web design or web development business could probably benefit from the services of a social media specialist. (If you answered “no” to all of these questions, you are probably staying busy and don’t need any more clients or customers. Why fix it if it’s not broke?)

I’ve been creating web content for multiple sites for several years. One thing I’ve noticed is that the websites that are the most successful also have the strongest social media presence. That’s not an accident. If you want a strong social media presence, you probably need help.

In this post, I’ll examine what a social media specialist is. I’ll also describe some common social media myths and mistakes. Finally, I’ll discuss how to hire a good social media specialist.

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6 Factors to Consider When You Physically Move Your Freelancing Business

by Laura Spencer

November 14, 2013 in Business/Freelance

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After you’ve been freelancing for a while, you may decide to move. And of course, wherever you go, that’s where your freelancing business is.

While local moves probably won’t affect your freelancing business much, there are definitely some factors to consider when you move to a new city or even a new state.

In this post, I list six factors that may affect your freelancing business when you move to a new area. If you like this post, you may also like How I Kept My Freelance Business Intact During Relocation.

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How To Become A Successful Web Designer

by Brant Wilson

November 13, 2013 in Business/Freelance

As a reader of this blog, you’ve probably seen some of my posts about the guys over at LearnWebDevelopment.com, and their Successful Web Designer program. I’m sure you’ve probably thought about starting your own web design business, and in fact, you may have already started one. If you’ve been hesitant to start, or if you’re not getting the results you’d like, you’re not alone. Many people are afraid that it will take a long time to start making money. Others fear that they will encounter roadblocks, and not know where to turn for help.

But what if there were a way to avoid these problems, and get right to building a successful business and making money? What if you could learn how to keep your costs low, begin earning income in a month or less, and have expert one-on-one help whenever you need it?

Well, I have good news. LearnWebDevelopment.com has a program that will help you achieve just that. And this company is one of the largest players in the web design training industry, having trained more than 30,000 students to build successful businesses over the past 10 years.

By taking advantage of their Successful Web Designer QuickStart program, in just four weeks you can:

Get your first client (willing to pay real money)
Build an awesome website for them (even including e-commerce if you want)
Charge $1,000 (or more).

Everything is included: How to find high paying clients, how to build websites quickly and efficiently, how to generate leads, and much more.

And their support is second to none. You’ll work with a Member Ambassador, who will customize the program to match your specific goals. You will have one-on-one help whenever you need it. Whether you have a question about how to work with clients, how to write effective copy, how to code your website, or how to drive traffic, you’ll get an answer from an expert in that field. No more endless hours searching the Internet for answers.

But this is a limited time offer, and they’re closing the doors this Thursday at midnight. To secure your spot, go here and become a member. Don’t miss out on this chance to build a business that will allow you to achieve your goals and live your dreams.

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35 Thoughts on When and How to Raise Your Freelancing Web Design Rates

by Laura Spencer

November 1, 2013 in Business/Freelance

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Freelancing rates are one of the most emotionally charged issues that we freelancers discuss online. People have all kinds of opinions when it comes to rates. But it’s a topic that often comes up during this time of the year. Many freelancers naturally want to increase their rates when a new year rolls around.

If you plan to raise your rates in January, now is the time to start planning for your rate increase.

Most new freelance web designers struggle to figure out what to charge for their services. As a result, they often end up charging too little. Of course, there are some basic pricing principles you can follow to determine how much you should be earning.

But what if you started out wrong? What if you’re already earning far less than you should be earning? What do you do then?

In this post, I provide 35 thoughts on when and how to raise your freelancing web design rates. I’ll provide clear signs that it’s time to raise your rate. I’ll also list some strategies to help you earn more money.

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