Know It All And You Lose It All – Get Your Gold Client VIDEO Series

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How many times do you think I have heard people say, “I’m a web designer” or even “I’m an expert web designer”?

How many times?

I can tell you – too many times. I’m sick of hearing people say “I’m a web designer.

And you know why? Because it says absolutely nothing about you. Do you really think being one of millions of other “web designers” is something to be proud of?

No! It isn’t something to be proud of at all.

And today I will tell you exactly why.

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From Failure to Success – How Three Freelancers Learned from their Failures and Succeeded

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“Experiencing failure is to be living, and steering away from failure is simply to be alive. “

The quote above perfectly sums up the experience of a freelancer, and what makes many back away in terror. Face it people, we live in a world where only the successful ends of journeys are celebrated. In an industry where we are bombarded with success story after success story, it makes you wonder if those people were simply born winners? To answer this, THEY WEREN’T!

In this article three freelancers share their “failure to success” stories:

  • Spencer Forman of LabSecrets and LabZip relates how Ning unplugged him and his partner and how he started all over.
  • Dainis Graveris, founder of 1WD, tells us how 2.5 million monthly unique visitors dropped to 1.8 million, and a change of focus for our readers.
  • My story of how the dawn of Facebook affected my early freelancing career and how it changed me for the better.
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Basic Web Design Video Course – Wireframing, Photoshop Tools & Panels, and Designing [Part 1]

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Hello everyone, this is Mike and welcome to my Basic Web Design Video Course.

In this course I will walk you through the very basic steps on what to do and what to learn before, and during, building a website.

You’ll learn all the steps I use including:

  • planning
  • wireframing
  • using basic tools and panels in Photoshop
  • basic HTML and CSS
  • and after learning these we will apply our knowledge and create our very fist website from scratch.
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How to be Persistent While Learning Web Design

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One thing I often hear from people is: “If I am only more persistent I could do this or that.”

Persistence is a trait we all want to have more of. Yet, somehow, and for many things we want to accomplish, persistence simply isn’t there. I don’t want to admit it myself, but I’ve given up on many projects that, if I’ve stuck with for long enough, would probably bring me more money and happiness in the long run.

I’ve had enough!

I couldn’t stand watching myself giving up on so many goals I wanted to accomplish so I looked for some external help. Books.

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Create Your Responsive WordPress Site In Less Than 5 Minutes + Bonus Tutorial

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In this video post I will guide you through the whole process of how to create a responsive WordPress site without you touching a single code. Well, at least for the first part.

The first video focuses on how to setup a responsive WordPress site using Bluehost as your host, and along with it is a special discount for 1WD readers. Second part is a little more technical where I will teach you how to create a child theme for the WordPress theme called Responsive and basically redesign the whole theme to your liking.

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A Beginner’s Guide on How to Become a Better Graphic Designer

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As a beginner who wants to become a better graphic designer or web designer we all start learning on our own by reading tutorials around the web. We search things that we like to learn, such as a button effect tutorial, typography, web layouts, illustration, and a lot more. Along the way we end up hopeless, thinking that we can’t be as good as already established designers and then just stop there. Have you been there? I’ve been at that point. And I’m telling you, don’t look down on your skills because every person who strives hard will eventually reach success.

Striving for success without hard work is like looking for fruit in places that you didn’t plant seeds! Useless!

-Rev Run

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Introducing FounderTips: Blog Focused on Online Income for Web Designers and Web Developers

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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?

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2012 was a Great Year for WordPress Development, How Will it Fare this Year?

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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.

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New Discovery! Want To Be More Creative? Become Creatively Bored!

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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

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10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Become a Freelance Web Designer

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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.

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