Business/Freelance

Managing & Directing your Creative Projects with Confidence

Whether you are a freelance designer or working as part of a team, there are going to be times where you need to lead the way. Not everybody enjoys being the leader and sometimes it is easier to follow directions working towards a greater goal. But I want to share a few ideas to help teams and individuals for managing their creative projects.

inside studio desks working creative designers

Confidence is a big piece of the process because you want the customer to understand what you are doing. Even if you may not have as much confidence in the work, keep this buried down and push through the workload. You may surprise yourself with what can be accomplished. A successful creative project requires open communication and a lot of pushing in the right direction. I do hope these tips may help other designers when building future ideas.

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Business/Freelance

Top Tips on How to Stop Struggling to Get Paid for Freelance Designers

US one hundred dollar bills falling from a blue sky.Have you ever had trouble getting a client to pay you? Some freelance designers struggle to collect the money that is due to them.

From a freelancer’s perspective, getting paid is the most important part of the project. The money we get from freelancing pays our bills and helps us to stay in business.

And to be honest, no one wants to spend weeks (or even months) trying to collect from a former client. But sometimes, payment problems happen anyway.

Happily, there are some steps you can take to reduce or even eliminate payment problems. In this post, I share some tips to help you get paid including the seven steps of effective invoicing and five invoicing tools. If you enjoyed this post, you may also like The Nitty Gritty Details Freelancers Need to Know About Getting Paid.

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Business/Freelance

What is Shopify? – eCommerce Websites for Designers

As I’m sure many of you are aware you can use Shopify is a online store platform. The reason this audience is going to be interested in their platform is because of the details of their stores. They give users the ability to design beautiful online stores. Designers are visual creatures. We rely on the gut feeling over the substance. Our intuition drives nearly every visual decision we make. Shopify has carefully crafted stores to give their user base some of the most eye catching and functional shops found anywhere on the web.

The stores come out of the box with lots of great features. Just to name a few:

You can choose from over 100 professional themes
Complete control over the store. They allow you to take their store and make any custom CSS or HTML edits.
Shopping cart integration provided
Unlimited hosting bandwidth
They’ve got pricing plans ranging from $14 per month to $179. See pricing plans here

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Business/Freelance, design

Improve Your Creativity & Problem-Solving with these 7 Brainstorming Techniques

Do you allow yourself enough time for creative brainstorming?

Most designers don’t. In fact, many designers don’t allow themselves any time for brainstorming. Then they wonder why they feel uninspired.

Maybe you feel uninspired because it takes time to be creative–time that most freelance designers don’t work into their schedules. The true creative cycle looks something like this:
creative-process

But many designers act like this is the cycle:
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No one is a never-ending fountain of creative ideas. We all need inspiration sometimes. In this post, I share seven great brainstorming techniques that you can use to improve your creativity and solve problems. If you’ve ever suffered from creative block, this post is for you.

If you liked this post, you may also like My Best Ideas for What to Do When Your Freelancing Creativity Fails You.

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Grab Your WordPress Bootcamp Seat Today and Save $200

If you’re looking for a fast way to learn WordPress, LearnWebDevelopment.com has created the perfect program. It’s their WordPress Bootcamp – a training course that will teach you how to build a fully-functioning WordPress website in just 8 weeks! And, because they give all their students weekly feedback as they go through the course, you’ll […]

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Business/Freelance

Articles on Longtail Keywords for SEO Strategy

When targeting search engine results you need to understand the most common strategies for website ranking. Longtail keywords are the searches which make up over 70% of Google search terms. These are often longer than 3-4 words and they can be very specific in relation to your website. This is why most visitors who search longtail will stay on your website for a long time, if you can fill their exact need(s).

google logo shadows photo keywords searching

For this post I just want to share a few alternate resources which are related to longtail keyword research. There is no perfect solution and it merely requires new attempts at different areas for driving positive traffic. Search Engine optimization is a long-term process and you must be ready to continue studying years into the future.

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Business/Freelance

The Benefits of Using a Tumblr Corporate Blog

Tumblr is an online social network for blogging and connecting with other users. It is easy to post new photos and reblog what others have posted. I really like this system because of the Dashboard UI, which displays all the latest reblogs from everybody you follow. It is much different than Facebook or Twitter and you can share all types of media, from text to videos and audio too.

designmag flickr photo tumblr network interface

But what about the option of using a Tumblr blog for your company? The idea is very popular among new startups which are not interested in hosting their blog locally. This provides an external resource for managing company updates. And users who are on Tumblr may follow your blog to keep themselves in the loop with new posts. I’ll share just a few benefits to using a Tumblr blog and why it may be a good choice for your company.

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