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 online, and over 3,000 new stores launching every month, the need for great designers with an understanding of designing for ecommerce and building Shopify themes is growing rapidly.
If you aren’t familiar with Liquid it’s a templating engine first developed by the founder of Shopify and now widely used. Templating languages make it really easy to pull in the data from your online store into your templates.
Posted July 3, 2013 in Tools/Resources
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 diagrams can make facts and figures more interesting.
You can use charts and diagrams to add visual interest to your speaking presentations, SlideShare presentations, and even in your freelancing blog posts.
To create effective charts and diagrams you need a good tool. In this post, I list over 13 options for chart and diagram software.
Posted May 23, 2013 in Tools/Resources
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 outline a few resources for grabbing high quality branding effects. These graphics may include icons, vectors, photographs, and lots of other similar examples. Overall you want to choose pieces of media which will enhance your website layout. This should not require a lot of work, and picking out the right solution is simply a matter of testing the various choices.
Posted April 18, 2013 in Tools/Resources
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 degree. That would cost you thousands of dollars and take up several years of your life.
Fortunately, getting a degree is not the only way to acquire business skills. There are plenty of free training resources online. In this post, I’ll share ten of them.
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