How We Created The Best Freelance Marketplace On The Internet

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Are you unhappy with the lack of clients you are getting as a freelance web designer?

We know, we asked, and we understood the need for a great place that connects freelancers with clients but we couldn’t find a good solution to recommend.

Existing job boards, crowd sourcing sites and freelance marketplaces all seem to undervalue designers and serve clients with cheap solutions.

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10 TED Talks Every Web Designer and Developer Should Watch

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What are TED talks? Why is it so popular nowadays?

Ted Talk is a nonprofit discussion event devoted to spreading ideas which can be in the form of a short, powerful and convincing talks usually runs from  18 minutes or less.

TED began in 1984 as a conference where (T)echnology, (E)ntertainment and (D)esign converged. But nowadays, it covers a variety of topics, from business to global issues and hot topics across the globe.

Some are independently running TEDx events that help share ideas in communities in every part of the world.

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Bring up the Verve: Why Write Your Own Book

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Books can be boring. Reading a book can be even more boring to many people. To some, this is their personal qualm and sentiment, something that should be respected.

After all, all people have their individual preferences. But have you heard how books and e-books have changed other people’s lives? How they become rich without having to work hard? Are these enough motivation to make you write your own book?

The Benefits of Writing a Book

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The English Labyrinth: How to Communicate with Freelance Clients

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English is a difficult language. So many rules. So many exceptions to the rules, but anyone can easily learn it.  The problem is, English as a language should be learned through immersion. But, generally, it is often taught academically.

It is really hard to communicate with freelance clients who speak English poorly. Issues also arise with native English speakers who particularly have a heavy regional accent that is too difficult to comprehend.

The Importance of the English Language

The English language is so critical that immersion is necessary. Some people can remedy this problem by imitation.

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Waste Time Productively with These Blogs

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It seems paradoxical to say that you can waste time productively. Productivity and procrastination are often conceived as two opposing forces that affect the lives of freelancers.

However, there is a slight glitch in this system. Given fair thought and immense amount of dedication, you can actually waste their time productively.

For web designers like you, there are some things you can do while you goof around your free time. You can:

  • Create freebies that could boost your portfolio
  • Look for more clients
  • Read more blogs that could actually help you in the future
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5 Best Remote Collaboration Tools for Teams

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Collaboration is a great way to get more projects done in the shortest span of time. In freelance web designing, collaborating with others seems to be a very wise decision since you can get more projects but work in less effort.

However, being in a freelance web design team doesn’t necessarily mean you work together physically. That is one of the many joys of freelancing. You can work alone, while working together.

However, this is never easy as remote collaboration tools for teams can lead to miscommunication and lack of monitoring. You need tools where you can easily keep track and manage the projects and clients you get. You also need something to set and monitor deadlines, a melting pot of all finished products, invoices and many more.

For this article, we have collected some freelance collaboration tools which will surely make working with a remote team easier and more convenient.

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It’s Getting Hot in Here! Keeping Your Cool in Front of “Clients from Hell”

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CLIENT: Can you make it less black, like half black?

ME: Do you mean grey?

CLIENT: No. Less black.

ME: Well, there’s black or there’s no black.

CLIENT: We want black, we just want the black to be less black. Like half.

Does this “keeping your cool” dialogue sound familiar to you?

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Save Your Ideas for a Rainy Day

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For web designers, ideas are very important. If web designers don’t have fresh, trendy and almost-original ideas, they might as well stop designing because it is the fuel that drives their job. Without any ideas, there would be no design and no design means no money. That said, how should you save your ideas?

You can only create what you can imagine.

These words have been my driving force the past years. As a budding designer and an emerging writer, I have considered imagination is the mother of all artwork.

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Money Saving Tips for Web Designers and Developers

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Freelancing has its perks, especially when we talk of freedom and flexibility. With all the liberty you have, you can do more projects and allot more rests. You also have the prerogative to work anywhere you want. Freelancing is a great career to step into but it has its drawbacks.

  •         You work alone most of the time.
  •         You deal directly with clients.
  •         You need to have a rich artistic bank.
  •         You are more prone to procrastination.
  •         Your budget is should always be planned.

Related post: How to Ace Your Freelancing Career

Of all these drawbacks, it’s the last one that hurts freelancers the most.  There are lots of articles on money saving tips. But which focuses entirely for web designers and developers?

When you freelance, you take matters into your own hands: getting clients, working on deals, doing the project, and everything you could ever think of.

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Collaboration Gone Wrong: Key Tips in Addressing and Preventing Conflicts

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Two heads sure are better than one, but harmony will always be second to none.

Collaboration is a great way for freelance web designers to accomplish great things with less effort and time wasted. It has opened avenues for sharing ideas, mixing and matching creative juices and most of all, increasing earnings.

With collaboration, one web designer can work freelance without the burden of being alone. Work can be improved, new methods can be learned and more energy and money is saved.

All of these perks truly make collaboration an interesting plot to plow. More and more designers are shifting from working by their lonesome selves to pairing or grouping with other great minds.

Truly, two (or more) heads are better than one.

But is it really? What happens when collaboration has gone wrong? What are the ways of preventing conflicts?

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