6 Extremely Crucial Choices That Determine Your Freelancing Future

by Laura Spencer
on March 6, 2014

in Business/Freelance

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Ultimately, freelance web design is all about choices. The choices you make as a freelancer will determine your business success or failure.

The best course for a freelance web designer is to proactively plan how you will approach each choice. You can always change your approach later if you feel that something is not working for your business.

The alternative of not planning means that your business will sort of drift along. You’ll deal with each new situation as you face it, but you don’t really have a plan. You’ll probably base your decision about each situation on how you feel or the latest article you read. Your business direction will seem faltering and inconsistent.

If you’re extremely lucky (and very talented) your web design business may be okay drifting. You just might make it. You’ll probably be pretty frustrated, though.

Most freelance web designers, however, need to be intentional in order to succeed. In this post, I list six crucial interrelated choices that every designer needs to make in order to run and maintain a successful freelance web design business. (The advice can apply to other types of freelancers as well.)

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How To Code a Forrst API Webapp using JSON and jQuery

by Jake Rocheleau
on March 5, 2014

in Tutorials

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Modern development APIs work like agents for sharing information to other 3rd party websites. I’ve written many past tutorials about API development to help anyone new to this process. There are so many web-based services that it’s tough picking something to grab people’s attention.

In this tutorial I want to demonstrate how we can access the Forrst API using jQuery. Some API wrappers actually require server-side code like PHP or Ruby. But it’s often easier to work with JSON objects instead. Then we can parse all the return data using client-side JavaScript. Take a look at my sample demo to see the final product.

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Things you can do to Improve Page Load Times

by Gisele Muller
on March 2, 2014

in Web Design

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Loading speeds can certainly make or break a website. In times where users are overload with options, they don’t want to wait too much for a page to load. And by too much I’m referring to about 2 to 3 seconds. Websites should be fast and optimized to better load so that the user don’t have time to think about leaving the page until it loads. If you page takes more than 6 to 7 seconds to load, chances are you are already loosing users. Fast pages lead to lower bounce rates, better retention, higher engagement and better conversions. So before risking loosing users because your page is not up to expectations, check out some things you can do to improve page load times.

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Freelancers, Use this 22-Point Checklist to Find Out How Professional You Are

by Laura Spencer
on February 28, 2014

in Business/Freelance

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As a freelance designer who works hard, you probably pride yourself on the quality of your work. And with good cause. You know that your work is good.

But, doing good work and having a professional business mindset are different things. To truly succeed as a freelance design professional, you actually need both.

In this post, I’ll explain the importance of having a professional business mindset. I’ll also provide a 22-point checklist you can use as a guideline to find out whether you could improve on your professionalism.

If you liked this post, you may also like 10 Principles of Successful Freelancers.

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