How to Make a Successful Transition from Employee to Freelancer

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Taking the step from being a regular employee with a safe and stable income and to becoming a freelancer with all the challenges that come with it can be hard. In this article we’ll give you some tips on how to make the transition as painless as possible. There are many things you should consider doing to be prepared. Hopefully this can be of help to all those considering going freelance.

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The Ultimate Guide to Object Oriented Basics of JavaScript

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Thanks to expertly crafted libraries such as jQuery and MooTools, JavaScript has become a foundation of Front-End Development. However, it’s extremely important that we note the higher level concepts utilized in these wonderful libraries. Why is that? As web developers, we must equally balance learning the current programming trends with attempts to push the boundaries of those trends. Without this balance, no innovation will occur in web development. So let’s take a moment to appreciate the fundamentals of JavaScript Object Oriented Programming, which include classes, inheritance, and scope.

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The Signs That You’re Ready To Start Freelancing

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A lot of designers spend some time working for others before they start getting the urge to start up their own freelance business. This is in most cases a good thing as you will get a lot of valuable experience both in seeing how a business is run and getting the feedback and help needed from other more experienced designers.

In this article we’ll have a closer look at some signs that will appear to show you that you’re getting ready to take the step into the challenging yet exciting world of freelancing.

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Data-Driven Web Design: How to Take Advantage of It

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Web design should be all about creativity, right? Free flow of ideas, designing what you want etc…While all of that is important, there are various ways to use objective data to get the most out of your design efforts. In this article, I’ll assume you’re a freelancer and working on someones else project. What steps can you take to ensure your web-design is data-driven?

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Colors in Web Design: Choosing a right combination for your Website

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Color is undoubtedly the essential means to touch the emotions of your website visitors. It is a non-verbal communication and creates a physical and emotional reaction of the viewers. Colors are able to set the right tone and carry a necessary message for visitors. Colors can calm or excite, arouse plenty of feelings and stimulate to actions. Color is extremely powerful.

When choosing a color scheme for a website, it is important to do it right, guided by the main principles of the color theory and of course, follow professional advices.

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SEO Matters:How to Get Ranked for Your Website Name

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There’s a lot of advice out there on how to get ranked for some competitive keyword terms (like weight loss, credit cards and so on). What about first ranking for your websites name (if you have a new site)? If you create 2ndwebdesigner.com, for example, that doesn’t mean you’ll be #1 for ‘2ndwebdesigner’ or ‘2nd web designer’ immediately! Why?

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Minimize Freelance Stress the Easy and Clever Way

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Are you working as a freelancer? Do you constantly feel the pressure and stress of running your own business? In this article we’ll have a look at how this stress can be made easier to handle for you by following a few simple tips. You probably know a few of these from before, but are you able to remember them when it counts?

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Upcoming and OnGoing Web Design Trends of 2010

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Trend is a set of rules we somehow follow, not as something we designers obey. It is more like a guidance to help us set new ideas whenever we create a design. In the web design industry, we realized that the trend changes rapidly. Not only to accomplish the aesthetically feel, the user interface plays another great role as well.

Although the year of 2010 will be over in 3 more months, the revolutions in web design this year have led designers to achieve extra ordinaries web designs, while continuing to set the unlimited parameters of it.

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How to Make Better Decisions (by Understanding Cognitive Biases)

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According to Wikipedia, a cognitive bias is:

the human tendency to make systematic errors in certain circumstances based on cognitive factors rather than evidence

There are certain things you can do as a web designer to make better decisions by recognizing and thinking twice about these cognitive biases. My attempt here will be to make you familiar some of these common decision mistakes and offer suggestions on how you can avoid them.

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How to Start Treating Your Web Design Business as a BUSINESS

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Most of us treat our web design businesses not as a business but as a hobby. And hobbies are dealt with in a different way than businesses. Most of us don’t know the exact definition of a business; even Wikipedia says: “the exact definition of business, like much else in the philosophy of business, is a matter of debate and complexity of meanings.” It definitely is.

In my opinion, as a small business owner, in order to start treating your web design business as a business you need to focus on 2 things.

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