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.Read More
Are you missing out on the benefits of content marketing? Most likely yes, you are.
Does it even actually work as good as everyone is saying it does?
No, content marketing works even better than what you have heard about it.
As long as you use it wisely and don’t shoot blind.
So here are four guys from the web and graphic design industry who will make your doubts disappear.
But before you scroll down.
Remember – content marketing is not your average marketing strategy.
No Pushing, No Forcing, No Arrogance and No Spammy Attitude.
Keep that in mind and there is no reason why you could not be included in a list of successful stories like this one.
E-books about principles of design, and specifically about web design, are getting more and more popular. Years ago these kind of information can only be found on universities, but now they’re everywhere and people are taking them in like hungry lions.
If you don’t know this, well, seriously, what rock have you been living under last year?
- Sacha Greif wrote “Step by Step UI design”
- Jarrod Drysdale wrote “Bootsrapping Design”
- Nathan Barry wrote three e-books, “App Design Handbook”, “Designing Web Applications” and “Authority”.
When I saw David Kadavy’s “Design for Hackers: Reverse-Engineering Beauty” I was like:
Wait! This is a REAL book? Published by an actual PUBLISHER? And it hit #18 on Amazon? What is this?!
The days when blogging was just a hobby of teenagers are gone; now, even entrepreneurs want to have their own blogs, but do you know how to talk to clients? What does this mean to freelance web designers?
It means that there are a lot of people out there who are willing to spend money on a custom design for their blogs. How can you impress these potential clients and get lucrative jobs?
Talk to your potential clients about what is important to THEM!Read More
Experience is needed to avoid dealing with difficult clients, something that not many freelancers have. How would you deal with impossible clients, or con artists or scammers?
What would Homer do?
For every article about how fun it would be to be a freelance web designer or developer, there is about ten more articles saying the exact same thing. This creates a bubble that easily attracts new freelancers, and will have them crying in despair after realizing how much they let the ideas inside the bubble control their outlook on the industry. It’s time to break that!
So in this article we’re going to go over some of the things the less friendly side of freelancing has to offer newcomers.Read More
Do you want to have a little fun and learn what mistakes some bad designers are making that you shouldn’t? This post is not for the faint of heart!
Web design has become a popular topic, there are a lot of guys changing careers or just starting out to as a web designer, and many of them are bad.
It sounds wonderful, why not? You would ask.
After all – more to choose from.
On the other hand, there is more competition.
Just like with every industry, web design industry does not develop as smoothly as we would like it to. It has its ups and downs, bumps and holes.
And one of them drives many people crazy, including me.Read More
Several years ago, I enrolled in a self-improvement course which taught me a concept I found pretty useful to get more clients for my freelancing career.
If you want to “hit” a goal, you need to focus on two things:
- Trying to hit the goal as much as possible, called goal intensity.
- Trying to increase your chances for each hit, called goal efficiency.
Let me explain with a simple example. Let’s say your goal is to get ten dates this month. How do you go about doing it? You could spend all your time at the gym, attending self-improvement courses and so on. These things won’t help you get dates directly, but when the time comes to ask a girl out, these things will indirectly help you increase the chances that she’ll say yes.Read More
Let’s face it folks, everyone in the web design world is chirping away about responsive websites these days. People definitely carry strong views about it and whether you like it or not, you cannot deny the fact that responsive web design has gone mainstream and will continue to progress and expand in the future.
Every client on the web these days are looking for a website that will function just as good on mobile devices as it does on desktop browsers. And come to think of it, the need of today’s modern technological era is to have one working design that is compatible across multiple platforms and devices that includes Netbooks, Blackberry’s, iPhones, iPads, Kindle readers and other smartphones and tablets. It’s inevitable that over the next few years, new gadgets and devices will be unleashed in the market, all having their own respective screen sizes and resolutions.Read More
Are you ready to get started writing about Web Design?
A few months back, I wrote an article called “Secrets of Learning Web Design and Getting Paid While Doing So”, where I introduced how writing about web design can improve your knowledge and at the same time make yourself some money.
It was a real success judging by the response it got. Many of you wanted to take on the challenge. Today I am going to take the first step by revealing the secrets of writing top quality tutorials.Read More
How nice would it be to see your web design client return to you.
How nice would it be to hear your web design client say wonderful things about you.
It would be very nice, I can only agree with you…but I am sure you’re not doing your best to make it happen.
What do I suggest?
I suggest you to do more than what you would normally do.
What is it?
Well, as the title of this article says – Marry Your Client.
What happens then? Keep on reading!