Agota is a digital nomad who makes a living writing. She has a hard time staying in one place and loves slow travel. As a result, over the last five years, she has lived in United Kingdom, Spain, and Greece, where she's currently staying for the summer. Agota believes that travel is a great way to learn more about yourself and about the world, and that pretty much anyone can afford it if they set their mind to it.
You have probably heard about those people who travel the world for years on end.
You know who I’m talking about – they live in places like Thailand, work from the beach, and make everyone envious with their never ending stream of fascinating stories and amazing pictures.
Now, what if I told you that you, a freelance web designer or web developer, can live a life like that?
Well, guess what – you can.Read More
There are many people out there who want to become freelance web designers. However, freelancing is not all rainbows and unicorns, since you have to promote yourself, get clients, manage those clients, and, of course, get things done.
That’s not even mentioning more subtle issues, such as finding the right life/work balance, which can be very tough when you work from home.
In this interview, Brian Hoff, an experienced freelance designer, will share his thoughts on the topic.Read More
How can freelancers from developing nations charge more for their services that can be on par with their counterparts from developed nations?
In the world of entrepreneurship, it’s becoming more and more trendy to outsource to developing countries, since this way you can hire skilled people for a fraction of the cost. I always had mixed feelings about this: is it really okay to pay someone a slave-wage only because they are living in the Philippines or India? It seems that most entrepreneurs think that it’s justifiable, therefore I was pleasantly surprised to stumble on an article by Janet, a Filpina web designer from USA, who called BS on this whole thing.
I know that many of you guys are from developing countries, therefore I decided to interview Janet, and ask her to explain her take on this outsourcing trend and share how she went from working for low paying clients to working for high paying ones.Read More
E-books about principles of design, and specifically about web design, are getting more and more popular. Years ago these kind of information can only be found on universities, but now they’re everywhere and people are taking them in like hungry lions.
If you don’t know this, well, seriously, what rock have you been living under last year?
- Sacha Greif wrote “Step by Step UI design”
- Jarrod Drysdale wrote “Bootsrapping Design”
- Nathan Barry wrote three e-books, “App Design Handbook”, “Designing Web Applications” and “Authority”.
When I saw David Kadavy’s “Design for Hackers: Reverse-Engineering Beauty” I was like:
Wait! This is a REAL book? Published by an actual PUBLISHER? And it hit #18 on Amazon? What is this?!
The days when blogging was just a hobby of teenagers are gone; now, even entrepreneurs want to have their own blogs, but do you know how to talk to clients? What does this mean to freelance web designers?
It means that there are a lot of people out there who are willing to spend money on a custom design for their blogs. How can you impress these potential clients and get lucrative jobs?
Talk to your potential clients about what is important to THEM!Read More
You already know that as a web designer or a web developer you need passive income. However, making money online might seem like some unrealistic fantasy: sure, maybe those “4-hour work week” folks can chill in Thailand while the money is rolling in, but what about everybody else?
This is why I decided to show you what web designers CAN and DO to make passive income online.Read More
As a freelance web designer or web developer you have probably already realized these two things:
- You have to take care of your own financial future, because as a freelancer, you don’t have any guarantees.
- Annoying things always happen when you least expect them: cars break, clients disappear, you get sick, etc.
This means that you have to put in extra effort to make yourself as financially secure as possible. However, you can only take a certain number of clients at any given time, assuming you don’t want to lose your sanity. What else can you do to make your life easier?Read More
Christian Vasile once wrote an article about spec work in which he explained what spec work is and why saying no to it is a good idea. Most people seemed to agree with his take on the issue of spec work in the article. However, a comment left by Alex caught our attention, because she made several thoughtful counter-arguments to Christian’s take, showing that the issue of spec work is not as black and white as it might seem. What is Alex’s take on spec work and why? She will tell us herself in this interview!
Alex Bilusic is a graphic designer from Croatia. She has an MA degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communications. Alex has been working as a designer and an art-director for seven years, including freelancing for the last several years.
In this interview, Alex discusses:
- How doing spec work helped her during a tough time of unemployment.
- How spec work led to a long-term relationship with high quality clients.
- Why spec work is not a black and white issue and what are the shades of grey here.
I’ve interviewed quite a few successful web designers and developers over the last couple of months. One thing that they all seem to have in common is that they took time to learn about online marketing and have built a strong online presence. This made me wonder, why don’t more people do the same thing?
I think that if you are a web designer or a developer who understands, and implements, online marketing, you not only have a tremendous advantage over your competition, but also a realistic shot of creating a very nice lifestyle over a couple of years. Why?Read More