How to Charge More as a Freelancer From a Developing Country [An Interview With Janet Brent]

Posted in Freelance, Interviews, Tips, Web Design10 months ago • Written by 23 Comments

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.

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How Content Marketing Helped the Businesses of Famous Web Designers

Posted in Blogging, Freelance, Tips, Web Design10 months ago • Written by 36 Comments

Are you missing out on the benefits of content marketing? Most likely yes, you are.

Does it even actually work as good as everyone is saying it does?
No, content marketing works even better than what you have heard about it.

As long as you use it wisely and don’t shoot blind.

So here are four guys from the web and graphic design industry who will make your doubts disappear.

But before you scroll down.
Remember – content marketing is not your average marketing strategy.

No Pushing, No Forcing, No Arrogance and No Spammy Attitude.

Keep that in mind and there is no reason why you could not be included in a list of successful stories like this one.

Ready?

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Principles of Design and David Kadavy’s Design for Hackers, Interview

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design11 months ago • Written by 3 Comments

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?!

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How to Talk to Clients if You Want to Get Hired

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design11 months ago • Written by 50 Comments

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!

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Homer Simpson’s Guide to Dealing With Difficult Clients

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design11 months ago • Written by 26 Comments

Experience is needed to avoid dealing with difficult clients, something that not many freelancers have. How would you deal with impossible clients, or con artists or scammers?

What would Homer do?

For every article about how fun it would be to be a freelance web designer or developer, there is about ten more articles saying the exact same thing. This creates a bubble that easily attracts new freelancers, and will have them crying in despair after realizing how much they let the ideas inside the bubble control their outlook on the industry. It’s time to break that!

So in this article we’re going to go over some of the things the less friendly side of freelancing has to offer newcomers.

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Why Bad Designers are Scarier than Dating Taylor Swift

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design11 months ago • Written by 83 Comments

Do you want to have a little fun and learn what mistakes some bad designers are making that you shouldn’t? This post is not for the faint of heart!

Web design has become a popular topic, there are a lot of guys changing careers or just starting out to as a web designer, and many of them are bad.

It sounds wonderful, why not? You would ask.

After all – more to choose from.

On the other hand, there is more competition.
Just like with every industry, web design industry does not develop as smoothly as we would like it to. It has its ups and downs, bumps and holes.

And one of them drives many people crazy, including me.

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Design a Pricing Plan Using CSS3 in Under 15 Minutes – Downloadable

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS, Tutorials11 months ago • Written by 21 Comments

Today we continue the series of tutorials on basic HTML5 and CSS3 coding and we jump even deeper into CSS3 with this video on how to design a pricing plan.

If you own a product which you sell only on a subscription basis, then you will probably need pricing tables in order to showcase your product and the purchase options better. This tutorial will teach you how to do that.

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WordPress Plugin Development from Scratch, Part 4/4: Settings Page

Posted in Plugins, WordPress11 months ago • Written by 15 Comments

Welcome to the final part of our tutorial series on WordPress Plugin Development for Designers. In the last three parts, we discussed the importance of plugins for you as designers and identified a basic structure for design based plugins while integrating a jQuery slider into WordPress.

Today we are going to complete the basic structure of a plugin by learning how to create a WordPress plugin settings page for our slider. Stay tuned as settings are an important part in customizing the functionality of a Plugin.

So let’s get started.

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Free Webinar: Proven 3-Step Formula on How to Get Clients

Posted in 1WD Features, Web Design11 months ago • Written by 12 Comments

Reading this post might be the best decision you will ever do for your entire career. New Free webinar about freelance web design on how to get started and how to earn your first $300 in just 3 days. What are you waiting for?

Our method has been proven and tested, and it even went beyond expectations. We offer a free introductory lesson and a course where people can enroll on, and people are achieving success through it!

Ok…couldn’t wait to get home and post this. I got my first $600 check today (installment 1 of 2) for a site and it was from using the SIMPLE steps in the bootcamp!!!! BOOYAH. I think this is going to be a simple project with a nice turn around time and I can’t wait to have the client tell her friends and customers how easy it is to work with me. Keep you all posted. Thanks again.

- Leon Clinch, 1WD Bootcamp participant

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How These 11 WordPress Scripts Will Stop North Korea And Improve Your Blog

Posted in HowTos, WordPress11 months ago • Written by 23 Comments

In this post you will get 11 WordPress scripts that will help improve your blog’s performance and that may or may not stop North Korea from terrorizing us.

Either way, you will find these little WordPress hacks very useful for your daily blogging needs, which can help you save lots of precious time!

If you’re eager to enhance or improve the functionality of your WordPress site, then below are powerful WordPress scripts that will definitely give you a great head start.

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