Want Help With Managing Your Design Business? Try Motiv! (sponsored)

by Brant Wilson
on May 4, 2014

in Sponsored

In this day and age, one thing that every business professional complains about is time. Time is of the  essence, and markets are flooding with many time management apps and software. Now, of course different apps are suited for different people, and are intended for different purposes.

But if you are a freelancer and are looking for an app to help speed up your work, then we have a recommendation for you. You should try out Motiv.

Motiv’s aim is to provide services for freelancers and people who run small businesses within the creative industries. Writers, designers, coders, programmers, search engine optimizers and marketers can all benefit from a system that has been well crafted to match their needs.

Some of the important features of the website are as follows:

Dashboard

After you register for an account and log in into Motiv, you will be greeted by a dashboard that gives you a list of all the details you need at a glance. You can see the status of your most recent invoices, or you can easily jump on to create a proposal or contract.

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iPad POS: The Next Generation Solution For All Retailers?

by Brant Wilson
on April 29, 2014

in Business/Freelance

Are you one of those people who hate to wait in lines to bill your purchases? Well, wait no more, as iPad and Wi-Fi based Point of Sale systems are now here to stay. iPad POS systems are the wave of the future and they offer multiple benefits that will streamline your billing process by as much as 60 percent. dmpinkThe business website Entrepreneur, states that retailers have yet to jump on to the handheld POS system but its popularity is a given. In fact, the Alabama State University Stadium was the first to incorporate the virtual billing system for its concession vendor service during the first game of the year. The handheld billing systems made it possible to clear a record 5721 sales in the matter of a few hours. This rapid billing system impressed other stadium owners as well and handheld billing systems may be expected to be implemented at all major stadiums in the US. Although this does seem impressive, is it really possible to phase out the traditional billing register and use only tablet-based systems?

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30 Opera Browser Extensions for Web Designers and Developers

by Jake Rocheleau
on April 28, 2014

in design

The Opera web browser is a great choice for reliable cross-platform Internet surfing. It’s typically quicker than Firefox and offers a longer development history than Chrome. The Opera team works hard to create an expansive browser with plenty of extra features to keep users coming back. And it’s fair to say the people who use Opera definitely enjoy the program.

This gallery is dedicated to extensions for Opera which can help you design, take apart, reconstruct, or analyze websites. Both designers and developers will find something useful in this collection. Whether you’re a long-time user or might just try Opera on a whim, this post has an extension for every web enthusiast.

Validator

w3c validator html opera browser extension

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How to Deal with Web Design Clients You’ve Never Seen

by Laura Spencer
on April 25, 2014

in Web Design

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“I could never work for someone I’ve never met.”

My friend was discussing my freelancing career with me and she couldn’t imagine working for clients she’d never met in person. But freelance web designers and other freelancers do it all the time.

Many freelancers connect with their clients primarily through the Internet. Their clients might be located across town, or across the world. It’s simply not practical or cost-effective to personally visit every web design client.

Working with remote clients has some unique challenges. But it’s quite possible (and probably even necessary in today’s competitive market) to successfully include remote clients into your business strategy.

In this post, I’ll provide some key strategies for dealing with web design clients that you never meet face-to-face. You’re also invited to share any tips you have for dealing with remote clients.

If you enjoyed this post, you may also like 6 Common Freelancing Problems That Using a Contract May Solve.

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