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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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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This One Piece of Advice is All it Takes to Become a Successful Freelancer [Video]

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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.

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Your First 30 Days of Learning Web Design: How to Get Started and Not Give Up

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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. 

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