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40K Professional Designers Are Disturbing The Web Design Industry. Here’s How They’re Doing It (sponsored)

by chris
on January 29, 2014

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The traditional way of creating a unique website involved two steps: First, the client would hire a designer and ask them to design the website in some software, typically Photoshop. The designer designed that graphics as per the instructions of the client. The advantage of using Photoshop and working with an image is that if [...]

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4+ Effective Time Management Systems to Help You Become More Productive

by Laura Spencer
on January 27, 2014

in Freelancing Basics Productivity

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Being organized is a crucial freelancing success skill.

As freelancers we have a lot to do. Not only do we have work to do for our clients, we also have administrative tasks to perform for our freelance businesses. When you add in personal chores and personal tasks, the to-do list can become quite large.

Quite frankly, time management is one area where most of us could stand to improve. That’s because using time effectively is a hard skill to master.

Of course, there are a lot of productivity apps out there, but without an underlying productivity strategy most apps will fail to help. That why I’ve listed four popular, but very different productivity strategies in this post. Examine each strategy carefully to find the right one for you.

If you liked this pose, you may also like 22+ Five-Minute Business Boosters.

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7 Reasons Why You Must Back Up Your Freelancing Work

by Laura Spencer
on January 20, 2014

in Freelancing Basics

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How much of your freelancing work are you willing to redo?

If you’re like me, you don’t like unnecessary rework. It eats into your time and cuts away at your profits.

But if you don’t back your freelancing work up on a regular basis, you could wind up having to do a lot of rework.

In the event that your primary work computer became unusable, you could potentially lose the following:

  • Client projects
  • Work-in-progress
  • Business bookkeeping records
  • Personal projects and files

In fact, the list of what you could lose could go on and on if you don’t regularly back up your work.

In this post, I’ll identify seven serious problems that could cause you to lose your data. I’ll also discuss several options for backing up your data. If you liked this post, you may also like 10+ Features for the Freelancer’s Ideal Home Office.

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6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Bill by the Hour and 3 Reasons Why You May Want to

by Laura Spencer
on January 14, 2014

in Freelancing Basics

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One of the first things you have to decide as a new freelancer is how to charge for your freelancing work. In fact, the decisions you make about charging your clients can ultimately determine the success or failure of your freelancing business.

Aside from the question of what to charge, the next biggest decision you’ll make is how to charge your clients.

There are basically two methods that freelancers use to charge for their services:

  • Project-based prices. The freelancer quotes a single dollar amount to the client for the project based on the agreed upon scope of work and deadline.
  • Hourly rates. The freelancer gives the client an hourly rate that they will charge for the project. They sometimes include an estimate of how many hours the project will take.

While some freelance gurus will tell you never to quote an hourly rate to a client, I beg to differ. Charging by the project works well for most freelancers in most common freelancing situations. But there are times when the freelancer is better off charging for their work by the hour.

In this post, I’ll discuss the pros and cons of charging your clients by the hour. At the end of the post, feel free to share your thoughts and experiences.

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Should You Take an On-Site Freelancing Assignment?

by Laura Spencer
on January 6, 2014

in Freelancing Life

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If you have local freelancing clients, you may have a client who requests that you work on-site. This is a particularly common request in certain fields, such as programming. But the request could come any time you are going to be part of a larger team.

The question is, if you are asked to work on-site for a freelancing project, should you agree to do it?

Personally, I’ve done both. I’ve worked as an independent contractor on-site and I’ve also been an employee who worked with a freelancer who sometimes worked on-site.

What I’ve learned from those experiences is that there is no one answer to the question of whether you should work on-site, but there are some factors you should consider before you take an on-site gig.

In this post, I’ll list seven factors you need to consider before you agree to work on-site for a client. If you liked this post, you may also like How to Contact Clients Directly and Find More Freelancing Work .

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