Getting Started with Graphics Design for the Web

by Jake Rocheleau
on June 30, 2014

in Graphic Design

Graphic design is such an engrossing topic because it requires an enormous amount of time and practice to learn. This is similar with web development, but coding is often seen as more logical and straightforward. Design has structured guidelines, but it is much more of an art than a science. You should learn these basic guidelines and understand why certain graphics or colors work together before starting to breaking those rules.

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If you have passion and perseverance then nothing can truly stop you from becoming a great designer. The first step is to recognize how the process works and where your energy needs to be focused. I want to share my thoughts about graphic design for website layouts and offer a few bits of advice for anyone interested in the field.

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How to Really Accomplish What You Need to Get Done by Becoming More Accountable

by Laura Spencer
on June 27, 2014

in Business/Freelance

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We’re well into 2014 by now. How are you coming with your annual freelance web design business goals?

That’s what I thought. But don’t worry. It’s not just you. Most of us are behind on our goals.

One of the biggest perks of freelancing is also one of the biggest problems. To be precise, the problem is the fact that you don’t answer to a boss.

Most freelancers that I know love the fact that no one is looking over their shoulder to make sure that they get their work done. And I agree. Not having a boss can be great.

  • Want a day off? Just take it.
  • Having trouble getting started in the morning? No problem. Get up later.
  • Don’t feel like working today? Then don’t.
  • Do you dread working with that problem client today? Put it off until tomorrow.

You get the picture. There’s a lot of freedom when you’re a freelancer.

Unfortunately, sometimes that freedom means that you don’t get your work done. You may miss deadlines. You may not keep up with your accounting tasks. You might put off marketing until you have no clients coming in.

It’s easy to see how freelancing freedom can be detrimental to your web design business.

Fortunately, you can do something about it. You can choose to be accountable. In this post, I’ll explain how accountability can improve your productivity and help you to get more done. I’ll also describe what to look for in an accountability partner and list some possible accountability partners.

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Tips & Tricks for Managing Efficient WordPress Websites

by Jake Rocheleau
on June 23, 2014

in Wordpress

One of the easiest CMS engines to learn is WordPress. They have a free service where newbies can sign up to learn the system without committing to a full domain name. Once you get a personal server there are many additional benefits, however it can become more confusing to manage an entire WordPress website. Thankfully there’s a ton of resources online for learning how to utilize WordPress to its fullest potential.

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In this guide I want to share a few tips for managing your own efficient & speedy WordPress website. The system may seem confusing at first but it’s really easy to learn with a bit of time. Practicing the backend will make everything else a lot easier to grasp, and this includes customizing plugins or theme files.

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What You Absolutely Must Know Before You Form a Web Design Partnership

by Laura Spencer
on June 20, 2014

in Business/Freelance

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Should you work with a freelance design partner?

The answer is “maybe.”

Not every freelancer is cut out to be in a partnership. And not every pair of freelance designers who decide to work together succeed.

For many, working with a freelancing partner is the best thing that ever happened to them. But for others, forming a partnership results in nothing but chaos and misery.

What’s the difference?

That’s an excellent question, and one that we’ll explore in this post. We’ll look at why some partnerships work and others don’t. I’ll also provide five tips to help you form a working web design partnership.

If you liked this post, you may also like 10 Essential Guidelines for Freelance Collaboration.

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