Wet Your Pants To Impress Your Client – Get Your Gold Client VIDEO Series

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 18 Comments

I still cannot believe how many freelance web designers take so much for granted.
Even something as important as first impression.

No, I’m not referring to looking good and impressing people when you go out.

First impression is when you interact with a potential client for the first time.
So many of you do not stress enough about it.

But you should.
You really should even wet your pants if that is what it takes.

Today I will give you another easily actionable step to get your gold client.

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

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 48 Comments

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

Posted in Freelance, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 49 Comments

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

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 53 Comments

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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The Secret On How To Reach Your Freelance Long Term Financial Goals

Posted in Freelance, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 29 Comments

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.

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The Secret Of Learning Web Design And Getting Paid While Doing So

Posted in Blogging, Freelance, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 139 Comments

Are you a Web Designer or a person who wants to learn Web Design?

I would like to know why you want to learn Web Design!

Some people like to create great designs and become popular while others will choose it as their career and method of income.

What is yours?

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Build Your Freelance Web Design Business Using WordPress – My Story And Lessons Learned

Posted in Freelance, HowTos, Tips, Web Design, WordPress2 years ago • Written by 114 Comments

Take a few minutes with this video so that we can get to know each other. :-)

It is my goal in 2013 to teach you the Business of Freelance Design. That is to say, how you can make your passion into your livelihood.

Specifically, I’m going to share with you my six years of online experience, helping thousands of customers to monetize their talents and turn their dreams into reality. Freelancers such as yourself are incredibly gifted in design and are very creative, but notoriously weak at maximizing the return on their time invested. We will change that together.

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3 Reasons Why Web Designers And Developers Must Learn Online Marketing

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 25 Comments

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?

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1WD Ebook Launch Case Study: How To Get 8000 Downloads in 3 days

Posted in 1WD Features, Freelance, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 24 Comments

Two months ago 1stwebdesigner launched three ebooks, stepping into this market for the first time. We planned our promotion in a way that we had 8,000 free downloads in three days, which resulted in $1,000 profit for the first month through Amazon. The following month we did even better, closing to $2,000 for July. The best thing about this promotion is that I know we’ll be making $1000 per month passively and if we want to make more it will depend on our own promotion. These numbers may not seem impressive compared to a $100,000 launch, but I like that this money is earned passively, it’s a nice side income, regardless of whatever we are doing. Mainly it’s because of the huge Amazon market itself, giving us a regular 500 sales per month.

Would you mind earning $2,000 monthly as side income? Please don’t read further if these numbers don’t sound good enough for you! Search for the next quote about Scamworld, where gurus will teach you how to make millions! Hell yeah – that’s what I am talking about! In this post I will reveal details how we came up with the idea for ebooks, promoted them on Amazon to get rankings and leveraged their market. My aim is to show you how you can do the same thing and possibly perform even better.

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6 Tips for Budding Designers to Earn While Building a Portfolio

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 13 Comments

Design is one of the more unusual industries to work in because it’s one of the few that often involves working for free, especially for those who are just starting out in a design career. Working for free is starting to become more and more commonplace for those new to particular industries – as this article from The Guardian shows – but for designers, who actually create something, it doesn’t need to be this way. The dangers of spec work are well-known, and this post in particular does a brilliant job of explaining why it’s harmful. The premise is that a client offers money for designers to compete with each other. One designer gets paid, the other designers don’t. It’s not fair, and it’s not rewarding.

But when you’re just starting out in a career in design, you may be tempted to work for free in order to build your portfolio. You know that you can design but you need to get clients on board, you need a good portfolio to show people and, when your portfolio is on the small side, clients may ask you to work for free with the benefit being that you get to showcase the work that you do on your site.

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