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
2012 is long gone. The past month was slightly busy owing to happenings here at 1stWebDesigner (stay tuned, we got a lot coming your way!), and as February begins, I have decided to take a look at how 2012 was, as well as what 2013 has in store for WordPress!
Now, before I actually start ranting about how good or bad 2013 is going to be, let us spend some time taking a look at 2012.Read More
As we promised, we will be giving you only the information and tips you ask for.
So, as you may have noticed recently, you received an email where we asked you “what is the one thing that you need help with right now?”
What is one thing you would love us to talk more about in the future.
We received your replies and we are full of energy and enthusiasm to answer your questions and help you through the challenges you are facing right now.
“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. ” George Bernard Shaw
There are literally hundreds of reasons why you should become a freelance web designer, and three of the best reasons are financial freedom, creative freedom, and you can work just about anywhere you want to.
But let me tell you why it’s a bad idea.
You probably have hundreds of reasons to hate your current job.
Maybe you call in sick occasionally because you just need that extra day off more than you need the money they pay you.
Or perhaps you’ve been delaying that request from a friend from two weeks ago?
Simple reasons, big consequences.Read More
Let me guess.
You cannot stop thinking.
Cannot stop thinking of how amazing it would be to live a highly successful freelancer’s lifestyle.
Well, as you may have guessed, you are alone no more!
Today I am here for you! I want to give you only one piece of advice. Yes, only one, yet a highly valuable piece of advice.
Today I am not here to teach you anything from a book, nor am I interested in giving you a speech about life.
Today I want YOU to take action. I want to see you get real results.
And because of that reason I am ready to start whenever you are.Read More
Have you decided to learn web design?
Congratulations! Web design can be one of the most useful skills to acquire in your professional career. Your first 30 days of learning are crucial because many people simply give up after a week or two. In this article, we’ll go through some useful tips and tricks to help you get started with web design and stay on track.Read More
Do you know that in order to speed up, you need to take things slow? That’s right, before running, it is smart to warm up and prepare – check the map, put on the right running gear, and put a drink in your backpack!
You don’t just start coding a website right off the bat, right? Before you create a website for a client you probably send them a questionnaire, discuss the details and draft a contract outlining what you agreed too, right?
Even if you design a website for yourself, don’t you write down what the end result will look like?
Don’t you sketch or create a wireframe before you start coding?
Well, you can choose to skip the preparation stage in the hopes of getting your project finished sooner, but you will likely waste a lot of time if you don’t have clarity and run into creative blocks!
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The Business of WordPress Design using WordPress – Video Three
Hi Gang! In this video we’re going to put together the five essential tools you need to succeed using WordPress.
Fortunately, they are all free or of little cost, so you don’t have to have much money to get started.
The important thing to remember when assembling your own toolkit is the fact that there are no “proper” tools. Rather, much like craftsmen of old, you may have a unique preference for certain tools than other designers or freelancers. That’s OK!Read More
Work environment for web designers? Yes, I know, I know it all sounds totally boring. But come on guys, we all have been there before.
We have all felt exhausted. We have all felt irritated. We have all felt that we just ran out of inspiration. And after all, we ended up leaving the project halfway done.
It all happens even if you have the maddest web design skills. Even if you have decades of experience. Even if you have great amount of knowledge and even if you have the most unique talent.
All of that means nothing, absolutely nothing at all.
If there is something that could kill it all at once.
And today I will talk exactly about that.Read More
Hi gang! To get you pumped up to start 2013 the right way, please watch this short video (6 minutes) and begin thinking about where you see yourself in 12 months as far as freelance design income is concerned.
Before we go farther in our journey to monetize your freelance design skills, we need to start from this destination, and then work our way back to today. This will provide us with both a roadmap, as well as the focal points we need, to ensure your long term financial success along the way.Read More