Living a Full Life as a Freelance Web Designer with Brian Hoff

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There are many people out there who want to become freelance web designers. However, freelancing is not all rainbows and unicorns, since you have to promote yourself, get clients, manage those clients, and, of course, get things done.

That’s not even mentioning more subtle issues, such as finding the right life/work balance, which can be very tough when you work from home.

In this interview, Brian Hoff, an experienced freelance designer, will share his thoughts on the topic.

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

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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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Interview with Alex Bilusic – Why And When Doing Spec Work Might Be A Good Idea

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Christian Vasile once wrote an article about spec work in which he explained what spec work is and why saying no to it is a good idea. Most people seemed to agree with his take on the issue of spec work in the article. However, a comment left by Alex caught our attention, because she made several thoughtful counter-arguments to Christian’s take, showing that the issue of spec work is not as black and white as it might seem. What is Alex’s take on spec work and why? She will tell us herself in this interview!

Alex Bilusic is a graphic designer from Croatia. She has an MA degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communications. Alex has been working as a designer and an art-director for seven years, including freelancing for the last several years.

In this interview, Alex discusses:

  • How doing spec work helped her during a tough time of unemployment.
  • How spec work led to a long-term relationship with high quality clients.
  • Why spec work is not a black and white issue and what are the shades of grey here.
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7 Inspiring Interviews That Every Web Designer/Developer Should Read

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It’s already August and the year is about to draw to a close…how are you doing with your work and projects? I know that inspiration is quite often hard to come by, and with our line of work inspiration is mainly the driving force. To give you a boost, why not read these 7 inspiring interviews by famous bloggers, web designers, and web developers, who have garnered success in their fields?

Are you ready to be inspired?!

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An Interview With Chris Coyier – Founder of CSS-Tricks

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Chris Coyier is a web designer and developer who not only builds websites, but also helps other people make their websites better. He’s the founder of CSS-Tricks and co-author of the famous book “Digging Into WordPress”. Chris is also involved in a few other projects, such as CodePen and ShopTalk Show.

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Wildly Successful Freelance Designer Jacob Cass Shares His Insights

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Jacob Cass, at the prime age of just 24, has already received numerous regional, national and international design awards for his work in identity, web and graphic design which makes him a wildly successful freelance designer. Jacob’s work also appears in a number of high-profile design-related books including The Best of Logo Lounge Master Series and the WOLDA Annual.

Jacob also runs the wildly popular graphic design blog Just Creative where he freelances as a graphic, web and logo designer. Jacob also runs the websites Logo Designer Blog and Logo Of The Day – two blogs dedicated entirely to branding & logo design. Throughout the day you will find him at Ammirati, where he specialises in interaction design for some of the world’s most vaunted brands (Jerry Seinfeld, VitaminWater & OMEGA to name a few). When not at his desk you will find him traveling the world.

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Ramit Sethi Explains How You Can Earn More Money As A Freelance Web Designer

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Ramit Sethi is the New York Times best-selling author of I Will Teach You To Be Rich and the author of the popular personal finance blog www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com, which hosts over 250,000 readers per month. Ramit’s advice has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE, NPR, ABC News and CNBC.  Ramit graduated from Stanford and co-founded PBwiki, a venture-backed startup.

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Joost de Valk, Founder of Yoast, Shares His Success Story

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Joost de Valk is the founder and CEO of Yoast.com. He’s one of the top SEO and WordPress experts in the world, best known for his great WordPress plug-ins.  Joost also runs a WordPress Podcast and speaks at a variety of conferences.

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An Interview with Lea Alcantara: One of the Best Female Web Designers in the World

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Lea Alcantara is a web designer who runs her own business at  Lealea Design. She was listed as one of the 50 best female web designers in the world. Her article series on The Art of Self-Branding  got a lot of recognition from web designers world-wide.  She also gives occasional talks on branding.

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