Rocking your first year as a freelance designer (Months 1 & 2)

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Honest thought: I love fresh pieces of online advice just as much as the next guy. Especially if they’re about business. Especially if they’re actionable. There’s no rose without a thorn, though, and much of the stuff you can find out there is aimed at folks that already have their systems set in place. For instance, if I have a good working machine for getting freelance design leads then any tip on how to make it more efficient is gold to me! But

Should you hire a virtual assistant? A freelancer’s cheat sheet

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The idea of having a personal assistant has stuck with me ever since I first heard about it back around 2010. I mean, wouldn’t you love to have someone following you everywhere you go, with a calendar and pen in hand and handling all your “things” – so you wouldn’t have to worry about meetings, appointments, emails, any of that! Just so you could become the movie cliché CEO -type of person. Yeah, I wanted that, but at the same

How I found the perfect work/relaxation balance as a freelancer

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So you’re having yet another 12-hour long work day. Just like yesterday, and with very little hope for tomorrow to be any different. Sounds familiar? What happened? Wasn’t freelancing supposed to be this dream job allowing you to work whenever you want and wherever you want? How did you let this overworking thing happen? This will be something uncommon for a blog author to say, but I really hope that the above resonates with just a small part of you.

Why you’re getting responsive design all wrong (and 8 ways to rock mobile)

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Remember those silly mobile themes that used to be popular a couple of years ago? You know what I’m talking about… Awful, ain’t it? This is beyond me … why would anyone put such a thing on their site? There’s no branding whatsoever, it’s ugly, and gives you no continuity across various platforms. In other words, if someone visited your site on mobile and then on desktop, they wouldn’t be able to guess it’s the same site. Thankfully, those mobile

9 habits that will make freelance life hard + 9 counter-habits that will grow your business

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Have you read this book? The highly recognized The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People? The actual info on the back says that it’s one of the most influential books ever written. Bold words. Anyway, I actually ordered the book all the way from the UK to have it delivered to my doorstep in Poland (I wanted the original language version instead of the translated stuff, and yes, I prefer real books to Kindle). But why am I even telling

A Secret Weapon of Successful Designers: Predictability

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Have you ever worried about a situation where a client of yours is not pleased with the site you’ve just finished designing for them because it’s too simple, and not flashy enough? I mean, it seems easy to bill someone for a site that looks like a digital painting and contains some interactive menus, sliders, and other eye-candy like stuff. It doesn’t seem easy, though, to bill for a minimalistic site that incorporates a well thought through layout with just

Site Review: ThemeFuse.com quality wordpress themes

This is a Site Review of ThemeFuse.com. If you would like to get your book, blog, site, service, or product reviewed on GDB, contact us. What’s the most important thing when it comes to WordPress theme stores? Is it the usability of the store itself? Its ease of use? The average price of a theme? The complexity of the transaction process? No. It’s the quality of the themes themselves. If you’re launching a theme store and your themes are any

10 things IKEA can teach you about designing an online store

Here I am. Standing next to a container with some funny, cushy slippers in it in the middle of an IKEA store. I don’t even know how I got here because there’s no particular thing I wanted to buy, yet I’m here. I’ve managed to go pass the cashiers wielding a handful of things I don’t need, nor want. I’m packing my stuff, but something catches my eye, a small piece of paper with some survey on it. I’ve decided