Are You In Or Out? Internal vs. External Motivation Battle

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Every time I wake up in the morning, dragging myself out of bed, I always ask myself this queer question:  Am I happy? Am I motivated? It tortures my braincells slowly each time it happens because I consider happiness and motivation as having an affair.

It’s like one of Newton’s Laws of Motion (sounds overused…) that says to every action (force applied) there is an equal and opposite reaction (equal force applied in the opposite direction).

Get the picture?

Motivation is the power that comes from within that pushes you to take action towards to achieving your goal. Simultaneously powered by desire and ambition, and therefore, if these are absent, motivation has no effect.

But, then again, motivation is basically divided into two parts, which might lead to ask how internal vs. external motivation differs?

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When Should You Quit Your Job? (and Begin Freelancing)

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One of the very sensitive questions a designer asks at least once in his life is: “Should I begin freelancing now?”

Unlike other fields of employment, web design is a common goldmine when we are talking about freelancers. Many designers want to branch out of their daily cubicle jobs and start freelancing because they realized the many benefits that hide behind it.

Some of them are the following:

  • Independence
  • Flexibility in schedule
  • Open opportunities to learn more
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Why You Should Take a Web Break and Explore The World

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  “Any place you don’t leave is prison.”

Professor Peter Hoberg might be right at some points in this statement. Often, we are too fed up with our routines, be it as freelance web designers or not: wake up, procrastinate a little, procrastinate a little more, work, rest, eat, work again, procrastinate and then take a good night rest. Very much so that you need to find reasons to explore the world.

Don’t take me wrong; a routine is a good way to organize your life. But any routine you don’t leave is prison too, and sometimes, taking a break is all that you need to burst free and soar high.

My point: At times, you have to pack your things, travel the world and get the heck out of anywhere you are right now.

Today, we will be talking about reasons why you need to take a web break. In this article, I will enlighten you with the following:

  • How traveling can help you become a better web designer
  • Travel tips to make your vacation unforgettable
  • Some great places to add to your list
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The Outsourcing Guide for Web Designers

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There are times in the life of a freelance web designer when design projects come like rain falling from the sky. Those times are great and abundant to a point that the said freelancer’s bucket is too full that he can’t carry it.

Of course, he has options- either he carries the whole bucket and take on all projects or he asks someone to carry the bucket for him.

And that is where this outsourcing guide comes in.

Outsourcing is the act of reaching to a third-party entity to do a contract or business deal. It often involves transferring employees and assets to another.

In simple terms, outsourcing, in freelance web design, is the act of hiring another freelance web designer to do your projects. It is often done by experienced freelancers who have too many projects under their names.

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The Freelancer’s Guide to Retirement Preparation

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Freelancing has become a new job market in today’s world. People know that relying on the traditional jobs to fulfill their needs is not enough in today’s world. Freelancing industry in past few years has seen a vast increase in home business owners and freelancers. The experts say that the number will continue to grow in the future.

Freelancers have the advantage of working from home. They decide the working time and choose their preferred jobs. Freelance designers feel more relax in working from home than at an office. But, the reality is that there are more challenges in working from home than there are in a firm.

One of the biggest issues that freelance designers can face is the retirement preparation. Yes, being a freelancer can be a very exciting experience for every web designer but, not every web designer thinks about the retirement. There can be many reasons for it such as:

  • Even with the growing number of freelancers, still, many people think freelancing is a part time job rather than proper business
  • Designers don’t plan retirement because they want to enjoy work and freedom for as long as they can
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How Well Do You Understand Wireframes and Prototypes?

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Few people know about the actual difference between the two terms ‘Wireframe’ and ‘Prototype’ in creating web design projects. There can be confusion with regards to their similarities. However, it is very important to know the difference of these two. Also, what are the benefits that these two can have for your designing projects? It might be possible that sometimes you will only require wireframe in your project and sometimes you will need a prototype for it.

Both wireframe and prototypes are phases of web development that you present to your client.

The major phases of web development project are:

  1. Research. Initially you have to do some research with your client regarding the design of your website
  2. Conceptualize. This gives you the idea about which elements and features to include in your website.
  3. Layout. Make a sketch and decide on the layout of your website following with the basic design of the website.

To make it clearer, we are going to have a discussion about the difference between wireframes and prototypes in today’s article. Let’s start with their meanings.

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How to Travel the World as a Freelance Web Designer or Web Developer

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You have probably heard about those people who travel the world for years on end.

You know who I’m talking about – they live in places like Thailand, work from the beach, and make everyone envious with their never ending stream of fascinating stories and amazing pictures.

Now, what if I told you that you, a freelance web designer or web developer, can live a life like that?

Well, guess what – you can.

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Effective Vanilla Methods for Full-Time Employment Transition

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The economic recession has brought so many changes, especially in the job market structure. It is becoming harder each day to find jobs and the pressure of meeting their needs is getting difficult for many people.

It is no secret that many freelancers are now making an employment transition to a full-time employment just to meet their basic needs. However, it can be a difficult step for many freelancers to make the change and work as a full-time employee.

In today’s article, we are going to discuss about making a transition from your freelancing career to a full-time employment. What can you expect from it? What challenges will you be facing and how can you overcome it? Also, I would be sharing some tips that will surely help you in getting hired. So let’s start!

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6 Things You Need to Explain to Your Clients Before Signing a Contract

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Contracts are binding and legal leverages that protect the interests and rights of both the designer and the client. These tie both parties to attune to the provisions of the contract and makes sure no one cheats over the other.

Also, these benefit designers greatly because:

  • The designer will have some security that the client will pay
  • The designer can withdraw the deal once he feels violated
  • The designer will have an idea on how to react with clients who do not pay

What should be considered before signing contracts is no joke. This is to be taken seriously.

Once you sign, you need to finish the project and work well with the client as the client does with you. This is to preserve your reputation and of course, to follow the law.

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Four Effective Marketing Secrets That New Web Designers Should Use

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Freelance web designers are one-man wrecking machines. Most of the times, they act as accountant, designer, art director, copywriter and marketing strategist all at the same time.

However, you are, despite the other roles you perform, a web designer. It would be pretty understandable if you lack skills in other roles, say, marketing.

That is why, we will shed light on you regarding this matter. Continue reading and you will know few of the many marketing secrets web designers use.

These are practices that have been proven effective by a lot of web designers. Who knows, it might work better for you!

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