Freelance Design

The 5 Types of Projects NOT to Include in Your Portfolio – Website Design Article

When it comes to designer portfolios, bigger is not necessarily better. While it’s tempting to list each and every project you’ve ever done, it may actually be counterproductive. That is, if you’re using your portfolio as a means to generate new business. Portfolios can be a terrific sales tool. A good one can show potential clients that you have the talent and experience to get the job done. It also provides a way to target the kinds of projects you…

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The 5 Forgivable ‘Sins’ of a Freelance Designer – Website Design Article

The web is full of advice for freelance web designers. Certainly, I’ve offered up my share. But, while it’s often well-meaning, there is an unintended consequence. It can lead us to believe that we need to achieve perfection in order to succeed. But no matter how much great advice we give or receive, none of us are perfect. We all make mistakes. Sometimes, we run a bit low on motivation. It’s all part of the human experience. Today, we’ll explore…

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5 Things I Wish I’d Known as a Young Web Designer – Website Design Article

Like most things in life, no career is without its share of challenges and revelations. What’s really amazing is how experience can change our perspective and provide both insight and hindsight. It serves as a reminder that, no matter how smart we think we are, we often start out with very different ideas about what it takes to be a web designer. This has all prompted me to think about the 20+ years I’ve spent in this industry. With it…

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The Best Printing Services For Your Freelance Business and Clients – Website Design Article

Whether you are a freelance web designer, developer or any other type of business, you will need printing services to promote, publicize, and communicate your brand. Business cards, stationery, stickers, brochures, and flyers are just some of the items businesses need printed, and when you’re looking for printing services it can be difficult to find a place that provides creative and unique solutions. Until now. In this post we’ll look at a printing company that will help your business of…

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800+ Free & Premium Procreate Brushes – Website Design Article

Procreate makes it easy to create stunning designs and pieces of artwork for personal and professional use. However, gathering all the resources you need, like Procreate brushes, can seem like a daunting task when you’re first starting out. Instead of having to hunt down brushes to use in your art, we’ve put together a resource you can reference whenever you need a new brush. Here, we’ve compiled some premium brushes, free collections, as well as premium (free & premium) collections…

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12 Free and Premium Online Invoicing Apps for Freelance Web Designers – Website Design Article

When you work as a freelance web designer or developer, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day functions of your business and forget about some of the administrative tasks you need to attend to. Invoicing comes to mind. Or, maybe invoicing is just taking you way longer than it needs to. If you’re managing invoices manually, that can take up a lot of unnecessary time. It’s time that you could be spending creating websites and doing client work.…

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How to Give Your Web Design Clients What They Really Need – Website Design Article

The more time you spend working as a web designer, the more you start to realize that this industry is about way more than just design. For example, you might spend a significant amount of time dealing with clients. While you might consider that to be in the realm of sales or customer support, I’d argue that it’s also a bit of psychology as well. So much of what we do really comes down to bringing out what clients need,…

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Ways to Improve Communication with Your Clients – Website Design Article

Communication may just be the most overlooked ingredient in building a great website. I’d argue that it’s just as important as awesome design and development skills. Without it, the final product is going to suffer. The site may look nice enough, but is it on target with regards to branding and messaging? Will the functionality match up with your client’s intended goals? Despite its importance, communication is also one of the hardest skills to learn. In addition, it’s a two-way…

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What Do Potential Clients Want to See in Your Portfolio? – Website Design Article

A design portfolio can be a tricky thing. On one hand, it’s very much a necessity for showing the world the great work you’re doing. At the same time, not everyone is going to pour over every bit of your work with a microscope. In fact, this isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition. So, what impact should this have on how you build out your portfolio? It can actually depend a good bit on the types of projects you’re looking for. With…

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Avoiding Burnout: The Working After Hours Rulebook – Website Design Article

We’ve all been there. Those situations where there is too much to do and not enough time to get it done. It’s a common problem in just about all fields, but it seems especially so for freelancers. Because, when you’re working solo, everything rests on your shoulders. Therefore, the temptation to work after normal business hours is strong. And while it can result in making some serious progress on your workload, it can also stress you out. Working when seemingly…

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