2014 – The Year of Ecommerce Design?

Over the last 18 months I have met hundreds of amazing designers and front-end developers, working independently as freelancers, as part of a collective or as a member of a small company, who are profiting from the rise in the popularity of ecommerce. This sector is experiencing large and rapid growth. If you haven’t added “designing for ecommerce” to your services portfolio yet then perhaps 2014 is the time … [Read more...]

Is Freelancing Easy?

Freelancing may be a more common career choice than it used to be, but there are still people who don't get it. It's still not uncommon to hear the following sentiment: "How hard could it be?" The uninformed acquaintance who uttered those words was talking about the work of a freelance web designer, but as a freelancer myself, I was a bit offended by his comment. Still, I know that there are others who … [Read more...]

Top 10 Pieces of Goofy Freelancing Advice

Freelancing advice seems to be everywhere. Unfortunately, not all freelancing advice is good advice. I've been freelancing for years, and sometimes I just shake my head at some of the advice that people are offering. If you're relatively new to freelancing, or are considering freelancing, all the advice out there can be confusing. It can be hard to find the right advice for you. In this post, I share … [Read more...]

7 Ways Freelance Specialization Is Completely Overrated

Did you make this huge freelancing mistake? First, you decide to freelance. Next, you choose a field such as writing, programming, design, and so on. The next big decision you make as a freelancer is choosing your specialization. If this is the way you started out as a freelancer, you may be off to a rocky start. Yes, I know that nearly every freelance blogger tells you that you need a specialized … [Read more...]

6 Questions to Help You Find the Right Freelancing Group on LinkedIn or Google+

Are you using Google+ Communities and LinkedIn Groups to network? If you're not, you should be. As you probably already know, participating in group conversations on social platforms such as LinkedIn or Google+ is a great way to network with freelance colleagues and prospects. Such groups also provide a chance for you to demonstrate your expertise in your field. Recently, I had some extra time so I decided … [Read more...]

Giveaway Alert: 3 Developer Subscriptions to Try DIVI from Elegant Theme

Who is Elegant Themes? Elegant Themes takes pride in its collection of 86 exquisite themes for WordPress websites (with Divi, 87). 200k happy users presently use this service. If you pay $39, you can peruse more than one theme, for as many websites as you want. What is Divi? Elegant Themes users have been waiting impatiently for a new WordPress theme to be released since October, and now it’s … [Read more...]

The Five Stages of a Web Design Business

You've probably heard me mention the folks at LearnWebDevelopment.com in past blog posts. They've let me know that they're going to be hosting a free live online training class, and I wanted to give you all the details. The class is titled The Five Stages of a Web Design Business, and it will cover a lot of information that can help you in your web design business. Here's the outline for the class: The … [Read more...]

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If I haven't introduced you to LearnWebDevelopment.com's WordPress Bootcamp yet, I would like to today. Here's what you get: - 42 complete WordPress training videos that you can download and watch again and again. - Two live sessions with our WordPress experts to better understand what you’re learning and ask any questions you might have. - Personal 1-on-1 support from LearnWebDevelopment.com’s experts … [Read more...]

Top Places From Where to Get Your Holiday Stock Images

Images that allude to the current season ignite a spark of recognition in viewers’ minds, so if you’re a blogger, advertiser, publisher etc., you know what this means – by using holiday-driven images, you attract new clients. But which are the best sources to acquire this type of stock photos for Thanksgiving and Christmas? This is a list with 10 of the topmost stock photo agencies in the winter of 2013. YAY … [Read more...]

Why We Love WordPress (sponsored)

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