What Everyone Ought to Know about Initial Client Meeting

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In the glorious field of web design there are far too many prices, skillsets, levels of professionalism, and difference in deliverables for any client to really understand them all or even comprehend where to start. We live and work in a field that is ever-changing and as hard as it is for us to keep up with technology, clients can’t possibly be expected to. This post is going to be the start of a series on the entire process of building a website for a client. It will entail many phases from initial meeting to design mockups to development, testing, and launch. Within each of the articles there will be pertinent information for anyone in the freelance field whether you’re a full-timer or not. My simple goal is to provide information for each of you that will aid you in streamlining the process and help cut out some pitfalls along the way. I’d also like to ask for your feedback on each of the phases I’ll be outlining here. There is no “right way” to do things so give your thoughts and opinions, no holding back. Let’s get started.

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Art Direction Trend Coming To 1WD: Foundations And History

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Art Direction is here. The art of creating kick-ass blog posts with great content and super awesome unique designs.

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Excellent Ideas to Having a Positive Outcome to Your Website

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A business owner loves to put up a website. In fact, this is the way to reach millions of people in the market to buy your products and services. But the problem you might encounter once you have the website is how people or online visitors will discover it. Whether you have a big or small company, having a website makes a difference. In prominent search engines, so long as your site is ranked on the topmost pages, you have every which way to compete with big online stores like Amazon, Microsoft and eBay.

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Why Make Effective Networking Part Of Your Freelance Job

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Being a freelancer is no regular job to do. It takes a lot of hard work to become successful in this field. And as a freelancer, it is essential to build contacts for your business work. You need sufficient references – people who work out as your clients. You need people to help you deliver expected results. So what drastic steps should you do in establishing contacts for your business?

This is where effective networking comes in. Networking simply means the act of creating, extending and maintaining personal connections with different types of people in the business. It is a way to seek sources for opportunities like extending business to more clients and how to gain technical expertise.

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Please All Types of Clients: Guide to Choosing Color Combinations

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Every graphic designer knows that choosing the color combinations is among the most important parts of the design making process, on print or on the web. There is no universal color combination that will please all types of clients. For some designers, it is a matter of trial and error. But trial and error means you wasting plenty of precious time. Time is an important commodity in the graphic designer’s fast paced world. Through proper research, sense of style and good common sense, you can eliminate the long time of experimentation.

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Simple Ways To Sharpen Your Freelancing Skills

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Most people find themselves working eight hours a day, five days a week. They could be connected to a small business or work in a prominent establishment where income is manageable. However, working on a daily basis makes you burn-out and want to work on your own with no boss watching you around.

Why freelancing is right for you? These days, seeking regular 8-5 jobs seem impossible to find. Employment seemed to have decreased over time with the current recession. Because of this, you find many people out of work. This then calls for a freelancing job where you can maximize your own time. But remember, you need to have the quality skills to become a successful freelancer.

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Can Free Design Resources Be Exemplary?

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As designers we’re always after some good resources for inspiration and even for design elements to help us when we have a mental block. But the thing is that there’s not very many GREAT resources out there that give FREE stuff away. You have inspiration sites like Dribbble and DeviantArt (deviant does give some things away) but there’s a new community emerging where the resources are not only free, but also outstanding. Let’s take a deeper look into this new community called DesignMoo.

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Capture Visitors’ Attention Through Your Home Page

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What made me decide to share with you this article is the experience I had when I was working as a part-time freelancer. I remember that whenever I planned the design for websites, I always made it a point that the home page is the most attractive page on the site. I made sure that the home page can capture each viewer that visits the site, not only to scan the home page but to enjoy exploring the whole site.

The home page is the page that loads when the Home button is clicked and usually the first page you see when a website loads. Therefore, it is one of the most important pages on your site. Do you agree?

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The Necessary Qualities Why You Should Hire Yourself

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In freelancing, job hunting may seem a tedious process. First, you need to prepare a careful layout of your resume so that prospective clients will get to notice what you have to offer. Then you need to prepare yourself with interviews so you know how to defend yourself on why they should hire you. You need to prove to these people that you are the best person around suited for the position.

These days I work as a freelancer. And as a freelancer, seeking more clients is part of my job. This is because I want my business to keep going on and on. It is also essential that I meet their expectations and requirements so I can keep them on a long term basis. Working long for them will provide me with material things my family will need. It is also in this way that I gain expertise and more referrals from their associates who might be interested in what I am doing. It is a way to build more contacts for my job to prosper.

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Blogging For Effective Personal Branding

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The evolution of blogging has been so dynamic since its birth in 1994. It started as an online diary, and then became how to manuals, and then a vehicle for the latest news and gossip. Now there are several types of blogs: personal blogs, political blogs, corporate blogs and more.

Blogs have changed the whole scene of marketing, creating millions of opportunities to all people, and to both small and large businesses. I personally have several blogs for many reasons–personal and business uses to name a few. Why shouldn’t we graphic designers bite a piece of that huge pie, too?

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