Are you independent? A self-starter? Do you love to be in complete control of your projects?
If you just read that and you thought “yes…yes…yes,” then you have a lot in common with many other freelance web designers.
We freelancers are known for our independent ways. We tend to be self-starters. And one of the big pulls for many of us is the chance to exercise more control over our work.
Do-it-yourself can be a good way to run a freelancing business…for a while. But eventually, there will come a time when you can’t handle everything you have to do. This post will help you deal with that time.
In this post, I’ll explain when you need to look into getting some help. I’ll also discuss the pros and cons of five alternatives to doing everything yourself.
As web designer, you already work hard. You may feel that you’re doing all that you can possibly do. And that’s perfectly all right.
But many freelancers are taking on side projects–sometimes for fun, and sometimes for money.
Besides the obvious opportunity to earn extra money, there are several reasons why you might want to start a side project:
- Gives you something other than your work to think about
- Helps you meet people with similar interests
- Keeps you busy during the slow periods
- Provides the opportunity to learn new things
In this post, we’ll describe thirteen side projects you might want consider starting. These are all projects you can work on at your own pace. Put as little or as much effort into them as you wish.
You may think that as a freelance web designer you don’t need to worry about public speaking. What you don’t know is that there are plenty of speaking opportunities for web designers. Here are just a few of them:
- Professional organizations
- Client presentations
With all of these opportunities, public speaking is great addition to your marketing arsenal. It’s also a good way to establish yourself as an expert in your field.
The fact is that giving a talk in public is good for business. Yet many web designers have no idea how to make a presentation.
In this post, I’ll take you through the public speaking process and give you tips to get you through each step–a total of 16 tips in all.
This post was originally published in 2007, but since then much has changed in the world of internet marketing. As a result, most of the content and options listed in the original post were no longer relevant. We’ve totally revamped this post and started from scratch. If you’re looking for some ideas on how to monetize your website or blog, take a look at the topics and resources listed here and I think you’ll find some great options.
One of the most popular methods of monetizing a site or blog is to sell advertising space, usually banner ads. You could manage this manually, but it is much more efficient to either use a network or a plugin/resource that will automate much of the process.
When designing a website, one of the most common challenges is to develop an effective color scheme. In many cases the sites color scheme will be determined, or at least influenced, by the existing branding of the company. However, when you’re facing decisions on color there are plenty of options. While it is always an important part of the design, color can be used to make a website stand out and attract attention.
Here you’ll find 25 examples of web designs that use a lot of color.
For those who primarily focus on web design, designing for print can be a little bit intimidating at first. If you’ve been wanting to design your own business cards but have been hesitant to make the jump to designing for print, you may find it to be helpful to follow a tutorial. There are a lot of tutorials available that will lead you through the process of designing a print-ready business card. Following a few tutorials will teach you the basics, and then of course you can use that knowledge to create a more personalized design of your own.
Here you’ll find 25 different tutorials (for Photoshop, Illustration, and even InDesign) that teach the essentials of business card design.
Business cards are a great resource for anyone looking to market or promote their business. While social media, blogging, and online marketing get most of the attention these days, some old-school in-person networking can also do wonders, and business cards are an essential resource for effective networking.
If you need to save some time or don’t have the experience to design your own cards, templates can be a great option. Many printing companies offer templates to choose from (although the quality will vary greatly), and you can also find others available from different sources. In this post we’ll feature 33 templates, 10 are free and 23 are premium. The premium templates generally cost less than $10 and can be well worth the expense.
Do you have a dream of selling an app you designed? Maybe you want to publish a book about web design? Maybe you’d like to turn your freelancing design business into a full-fledged agency?
What’s the biggest obstacle to your taking the next big step towards your dreams?
Often the obstacle to following your career dreams is money. It can take money to really develop a good business idea and make it a reality. Sometimes it takes a lot of money.
Finding money for a startup or a new venture used to be hard. Either you had to convince a bank to loan you money, you had to find an investor, or you had to finance your idea yourself.
Fortunately, there’s another way to obtain funding for your dream.
While it’s still a lot of work, many entrepreneurs are making use of crowdfunding sites. Crowdfunding sites allow a large number of people to contribute small amounts towards a project.
In this post, I list sixteen crowdfunding sites for web designers and other freelancers with a dream.
This post was originally published several years ago. As technology and trends have changed over the years, the content of the post became outdated. So we’ve updated the post with all new examples that will be more relevant for modern design and development.
jQuery Image Gallery/Slider Tutorials:
This tutorial by Jake Rocheleau is a re-make of a popular tutorial originally written by Soh Tanaka. Jake has updated the code used in the tutorial to include some new user-requested features.
In recent years as it has become easier and less costly for people to set up their own websites, more and more websites have been used for providing information about weddings. Because WordPress is free and simple for anyone to set up with most web hosts, it is naturally a popular choice for engaged couples wanting to provide information regarding their wedding.
Wedding websites typically include many of the same features and content types, including bios of the couple, engagement photos, directions to the wedding and reception, hotel information, and sometimes the option to RSVP through the website. Sites are also used in some cases to showcase wedding photos after the big day to share them with attendees and those who were unable to attend.
With WordPress, setting up a basic website to provide this type of information is pretty simple, and a number of themes have been developed specifically with weddings in mind. These themes often include some enhanced functionality, and they typically feature a design that fits well with wedding websites.
In this post we’ll take a look at 18 WordPress themes that are great options for wedding websites. Most of them are premium themes that must be purchased, but there are some free themes included as well.
A responsive theme available at ThemeForest.