Easy Accounting Tools for Your Freelance Business

How badly do you hate accounting? Yeah, me too. We certainly can't avoid it. But, we can automate it with some really slick and easy-to-use accounting tools. Let's take a look so you can spend less time battling those numbers. A few weeks ago, we discussed the importance of streamlining your business with systems, software and automation. Today we are going to take a look at how to automate, quite … [Read more...]

10 Free Project Management Applications

Are you just a freelancer? Chances are, the answer to that question, is no. Think about it – you are a business owner and as such, you fulfill many different roles. You are a marketing expert, you are an accountant, you are a supervisor. You play some extremely vital parts to run and successfully sustain your freelance business. How do you tackle your project management? Do you write a to-do list down … [Read more...]

10 Amazing Free Online Writing Courses

The decision to pursue your freelance career is a huge step. Congratulations! But... Now what? Where do you start? How do you know what resources are good and what resources aren't? Is every free report worth your time? Should you pay membership fees and dues to join forums? We have been exactly where you are! Don't stress. We've done a bit of research and have come up with a great list of free online … [Read more...]

Launch Your Web Design Business

I know starting your web design business can be overwhelming. There is so much to learn and changes in the industry come constantly. For over 10 years I have been helping web designers build their skill set and even launch their businesses. During that time, we have fine tuned our training to not only give beginning web designers the tools for success, but even better, we give you the edge on the … [Read more...]

One Productivity Tool That Can Double Your Freelance Income

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing the tools I use to run my freelance business. Today, I am going to share the most important productivity tool I have in my toolbox. It has transformed the way I work and, more importantly, increased my income. Let me start by sharing a story about a recent coaching session I had with a Freelance web designer. Let's call her Jennifer. Jennifer was concerned about … [Read more...]

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...]

Freelancers: Shopify Needs You!

Over the last few years everyone from freelance web designers to large agencies have been growing their businesses thanks to Shopify, the hosted ecommerce platform founded in Canada in 2006. Helped by the free to join Shopify Experts programme wed designers and front-end developers are reaping the rewards of the immense growth happening in the ecommerce marketplace. With over Shopify 70,000 active shops … [Read more...]

13+ Chart and Diagram Creation Tools for Freelancers and Others

Do you ever need to share statistics and data? Have you ever tried to explain a complex process or describe a relationship between two things? Charts and diagrams can help. Of course, you could just type out your information in a long paragraph and be done with it. But that's not really the most effective way to share facts and figures if you actually want people to pay attention to them. Charts and … [Read more...]

Website Branding with Detailed Photographs

Web graphics and stock photos are some of the more popular solutions to building a sense of credibility. Visitors may overlook stock photos at a first glance, but the aesthetics are still present within the content. This will leave a certain emotion placed onto each page or blog post. Using these photographs in your design can help to push a specific mood or effect onto the visitor. In this post I want to … [Read more...]

10 Amazing Free Online Business Training Resources for Freelancers

If you're a freelancer, you're probably an expert in your field. But while you may be an expert writer, programmer, designer, translator, or whatever--you probably don't know much about running a business. Yet, successful freelancing is all about running a business. If you want to succeed, you're going to have to acquire some business skills. Now of course, you could go back to school and get a business … [Read more...]