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  1. 5 Steps to a Smooth and Successful Freelance Career

    To get started as a freelancer you need expertise, an impressive portfolio and a strong network. To maintain a stable freelancing career you need happy and returning clients. Clients are the key to your freelancing career flourishing or wilting. You need a good understanding of how to deal
  2. What I've Learned as a Freelance Web Designer

    project has ensured that my career continues to flourish and has helped me to grow both as a professional freelancer and as a person. In this article, I’ll share with you some of things that I have learned through working as a freelance web designer. I hope that what I’ve learned can help you &mdash
  3. 5 Innovative Ways to Use Web Data

    of the most recent (at the time) articles on the site. See the Pen HGant by Tim (@tevko) on CodePen. Take a look at Product Hunt Statistics, which uses an web crawler to get user data from Product Hunt. 3. Freelancers, get leads Are you a freelancer? Are you looking for more
  4. How Do You Work With Other People's Code?

    . Interact Who are the lead developers? Where are they? Are they available directly in your office? If so, go have a talk with them or email them. These people should be the best sources of knowledge about a project. Are you a remote worker or freelancer? What communication channels does
  5. 6 Real-World Networking Tips for Developers

    to get out there and meet people to press the flesh, if you will. I won’t lie, while being quite the social butterfly myself, in any new setting, I still have feelings of nervousness, awkwardness, and generally shyness. However, I’m also a freelancer, and if you don’t get out there when
  6. Designers Must-Reads #2: Web Designer’s Success Guide

    a freelancer. Here, Kevin gives advice based on his own experience (as everything in the book is, really) and describes the two prominent reasons why any designer may decide to go freelance: fun or fear. The gist of what he’s saying here is that many designers tend to begin doing a little work
  7. Freelancers: Bad Time Estimates Are Killing Your Profits

    Ever had one of those weeks where you're working around the clock, and when you finally get to the end of the week run your invoices, you look at the numbers and think, "... wait, that's it?!" As a freelancer, you're almost always trading time for money. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing
  8. 7 Tips for Landing Your First Client as a Freelance Developer

    , grab a few projects and begin to build your reputation. 1. Build an online portfolio One thing a client looks for in a potential freelancer is whether you'll be able to deliver. If you're new to freelancing, there's a 90% chance you'll lose out on projects to a more experienced freelancer
  9. Not an Accountant? How to Make Sense of Your Business Finances

    to accounting for freelancers will help you get started. For the sake of this post, let's assume that you're just about to hang out your shingle as a freelancer. Where do you start when it comes to organizing your business accounts? Registering your business The first thing that you have
  10. Introducing InvoiceNinja: Self-hosted Invoicing

    For a freelancer, nothing is more important than time. Tracking invoices or doing paperwork can quickly become tedious and occupy a large portion of that. In March, I showed you FusionInvoice, a tool to keep track of your clients and invoices. Although it’s a nice and easy to use tool, its open
  11. Rake: Automate All the Things

    for the first time, it's called an adventure. If you decide to do it again, everyone says it adds to your experience. But on the third run, it turns out to be boring. When you step into the Ruby on Rails world as a developer, freelancer, or hobbyist, you will immediately feel the thrill and excitement
  12. How to Upgrade Your LinkedIn Profile and Get Hired

    than just being a member as he does. Providing your job title is one thing, but what’s more important is how you performed at that particular task. Explain how you benefited the company or client and try to display specific achievements or results. Being a freelancer is a great way of avoiding
  13. 5 Steps to an Endless Supply of Freelance Gigs

    From an agency's point of view, there are several advantages to hiring a freelancer instead of a full time employee--so if you're finding yourself short on work, you can look at both local and national agencies. You can also check out talent networks and find out if your city has Facebook, LinkedIn
  14. Copyright 101: The 10 Things to Know About Using Imagery

    can begin to develop a stock photography library that you will be able to use throughout your career. You could even consider selling and licensing your images to others who aren't as ambitious. b). If you're a freelancer, dedicate 1 day a month to taking photos Just be aware of your
  15. PHP The Right Way: The Book

    outsource their production to the cheapest freelancer they can find, it’s no surprise the project fails or gets delayed into infinity. This unhealthy loop is a big part of PHP’s bad reputation, because bad practices propagated by bad resources and bad developers persist in the modern world which
  16. 12.5 Useful Activities When Business is Slow

    If you've been in business for any length of time, you've probably experienced predictable slow periods, like summertime or year-end. Business can also slow down due to economic uncertainty, such as the months proceeding a national election. So what's a freelancer to do? If you find yourself
  17. Dealing with Comments on Facebook

    is so valuable for you as a freelancer. Facebook is a valuable part of branding your design business and making it and you much more personal to clients. People like having a soapbox from which they can tout both negativities and excitements. They also like getting involved in a highly popular event
  18. Building an Audience to Build Your Business

    a salesperson, looking for ways to reach more prospects. (If a freelancer, you're both.) Yet, strategically speaking, it's the same approach. In an upcoming article, I'll be discussing specific strategies you can take. But the tactics you employ—what content to produce and share, and what social media