15 Tips for Breaking in as a Part-Time Freelancer

by Steven Snell
on September 23, 2009

in Business/Freelance

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The best way to get started as a freelancer, in my opinion, is part time. There are many benefits to starting off in a limited role (which we will discuss in this article), as opposed to jumping in full-time. Here we will take a detailed look at the subject and provide tips based on experience. This article is intended primarily for those who have some experience with design but are looking to gain more experience and improve their skills before going into full-time freelancing.

I’m constantly in contact with readers who are at the early stages of freelancing or designing for a career, so I hope this subject will prove to be of value to you.

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Win One of Three Free Templates from TemplateWire

by Steven Snell
on

in Site News

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TemplateWire has offered to give free templates to three DesignM.ag readers. If you’re not familiar with TemplateWire they are a leading marketplace of CSS templates, Flash templates, and logo templates. For $49 you can get 12 months of unlimited access to all of their premium templates. Or you can get 3 months of access for $29. You can use the templates on an unlimited number of websites for you or your clients.

TemplateWire

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How to Add a Fixed Position Banner to a Website

by Steven Snell
on September 22, 2009

in Tutorials

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One trend in web design that has been gaining popularity is the use of fixed position banners that remain at the bottom of the browser as visitors scroll vertically. There are a number of sites in the design niche that are using this approach for various purposes. In this post I’ll show you how you can add one to your site, and for WordPress users we’ll look at how you can change the banner depending upon the category of the post by using PHP.

First, let’s take a look at 5 websites that are currently using this type of banner.

Web Design Ledger

Web Design Ledger started using a fixed position banner a few months ago to promote their premium membership and it has since been changed to be used for advertising space.

WDL

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12 CRM Options for Freelancers

by Steven Snell
on September 17, 2009

in Resources

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Freelancers are typically in communication with a lot of clients and potential clients at any given time. It’s important to be able to keep track of your contacts and to have an organized approach to provide service to them, not to mention the need to keep track of professional contacts in your network.

Gmail, Thunderbird and Outlook all offer some contact management features in addition to email, and in this post we’ll look at other resources that can also help you with CRM (customer relationship management).

There are a lot of options for CRM and many different types of professionals that use these resources. Some of the more robust options are better-suited for large sales forces and (in my opinion) are more than what is necessary for a freelancer or a small design studio. Not surprisingly, those options also tend to carry higher price tags. Here we will look at affordable (and some are even free) options that may be a good fit for designers.

BatchBook

BatchBook

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