One of the most important aspects of running a freelance business is getting and staying organized. Most freelancers wear so many different hats and have such a wide variety of responsibilities that organization will be one of the critical factors in determining what percentage of working time can be dedicated to income-generating activities. Organization is key to achieving optimal productivity and efficiency, which of course are important for any freelancer who wants to earn a living without working ridiculous hours. In the life and work of a freelance designer there are many different aspects that must be well organized. In this article we'll take a look at a number of different ways that freelancers need to be organized, and I'll point out some helpful resources along the way.
Resource lists to save time for designers.
Most designers and developers follow at least a few blogs from the design industry, but podcasts and video podcasts offer even more opportunities for learning and for staying up-to-date in the industry. In this post we'll feature more than 30 podcasts and video podcasts that are excellent resources for designers, developers and freelancers. Boagworld A popular weekly podcast from Paul Boag that covers a variety of topics relevant to designers and developers.
Mozilla's Thunderbird is a popular email application that is used by many freelancers and designers. Like Firefox, one of the great things about Thunderbird is the ability to extend it with a wide range of add-ons that are available. In this post we'll highlight 15 that are likely to be appreciated by designers and developers who are looking to improve their efficiency.
This extension adds an extra toolbar to Thunderbird. When you drag a mail folder to it, you get a (rename-able) shortcut to that mail folder. This supports full drag and drop, like the corresponding folder in the folder tree - You can drag messages on it to move/copy them to the folder, and access the bookmarked folders through keyboard shortcuts. This is handy when you have a large tree of folders for clients or projects, but use only a few of them at the same time.
With Halloween coming up now is a great time to add a few grungy and dirty based typefaces to your font collection. Here we have a large A-Z list of some of the best free grungy and dirty fonts to use in your designs from the ever-popular dafont.com! A is for Ambulance Shotgun