Being a freelancer is something of a foreign lifestyle choice to those that have grown accustomed to and are quite fond of typical employment. The random spots of high and low-income, no interaction with coworkers, responsibility solely resting on that one person’s shoulders, but there is one that probably baffles most of all — working from one’s own home!
Of course not ALL freelancers work from home, many have their own offices somewhere in close proximity to a coffee shop or cafe. However it is safe to say that a large number do indeed work out of their home, and that baffles those not living the freelancer lifestyle. There is one assumption that does make sense though, and is a good question. How professional can the experience of meeting clients at your office actually be?Read More
Evernote is an amazing “catch all” application. You may already be using Evernote or you might be using some other note application. None-the-less, Evernote is powerful and very customizable. When showing people how to use Evernote, I equate Evernote to Twitter. There is no real right way to take or organize your notes as long as it fits your needs.
When I say Evernote is a “catch all”, I mean you can store all of your, well, everything. With a premium account, you can upload any kind of files or media to your account.
Here are some tips how you can use Evernote to keep your life organized.Read More
As web designers, we need to keep an eye on the latest trends in the design hemisphere. One cannot be successful unless he or she keeps himself or herself updated with the latest happenings in the design world. And when it comes to being updated, the best sources are design blogs and websites. Further more, such blogs also provide excellent tools and tips regarding web and graphic design, thereby enabling you to harness your talent to the maximum (not to mention the numerous freebies and giveaways).Read More
In my opinion, having a blog attached to your website is the single best way to keep current website visitors coming back to your site, attract new website visitors, and to educate your visitors about your website topic. That said, keeping a blog is a lot of work! Even though keeping a blog updated with new articles is a lot of work, there are ways to dramatically increase your return on investment for your blog. In this article I will be discussing ways in which you can find hot topics to blog about, which should attract many new visitors to your website. We will cover how to find trending topics to write about, the ways in which you can leverage what’s trending for creating new blog content relevant to your website topic, and some tools to use for finding trending topics.Read More
Like with any life changing decision, there are pros and cons to the decision to work for yourself. One such con is the responsibility to handle your retirement by yourself. If you aren’t careful as a freelancer you could be setting yourself up for financial ruin later on down the road. The burden of establishing your retirement fund rests entirely on your shoulders. In this post I hope to offer insight into different retirement planning options that can establish a safe financial future for freelancers in any industry.Read More
If you are running a blog on a self-hosted platform, chances are you’re using either WordPress or perhaps Drupal. There is no denying the fact that both of these CMSs have excellent capabilities. They are ideal for many different genres of website. However, at times, when all you need is a small personal weblog, running Drupal is a bit overkill. In other instances, when the need of the hour is a no-nonsense and nimble CMS, WordPress might seem a bit bloated to some users.
If this is the case for you, Habari might be the CMS meant for your blog.Read More
A portfolio is a collection of documents, works, progresses and basically everything you’ve done and want to show off. The point of a portfolio is to assist you in the process of presenting your skills, knowledge and experience. A portfolio has the aim of showing who you are in a short but detailed form. It’s important to always have a portfolio as you never know what kind of job opportunities you may have in any unexpected moment. That doesn’t mean you have to create one and carry 5 copies of it with you — instead, you can always keep it online!Read More
I am sure all of us have a lot of work to do during our freelance workday or even during the full-time agency job. But I am also sure that most of us have side projects as well. While some can be beneficial for your pocket and experience, sometimes you just want to develop your own tool, write a blog post or design something for friends or do some pro bono work. After eight hours of work, it is highly unlikely that you want to continue doing the same thing at home, so the question is how to manage doing both while still remaining motivated and focused on the goals. Moreover, if talking about what catches our attention all the time – money – personal projects are not usually the ones that put cash in our pockets.Read More