The best free stock photo sites in 2018
Ashley Gainer

Ashley Gainer

Ashley Gainer is a freelance writer and editor specializing in web design, personal finance, and working for yourself (which, in her world, all share a lot of overlap). If you're looking for a great copywriter for your blog or business, you can reach her via email or at her home base on the web.

  • The best free stock photo sites in 2018

    June 5, 2018 by Ashley Gainer

    With the web becoming more and more visually oriented, images are becoming a more important part of any web design. In many markets, good photos can make or break a website’s effectiveness, so any pictures you use have to be good, and they can’t be the same pictures everyone else is using, either. But we’re…

  • 5 financial tips every freelance designer should follow

    October 31, 2017 by Ashley Gainer

    When you’re a freelancer, you’re the President and CEO of You, Inc. You make all the decisions, set the strategies, put systems in place, accept clients, do the marketing, and more. You’re also the bean-counter. That puts you in charge of keeping track of income and expenses, setting financial goals, and getting the business on…

  • How to hire your first design assistant (and know when you’re ready)

    October 19, 2017 by Ashley Gainer

    Business is booming. You’re feeling busy, in a good way. Or maybe you’re feeling a little too busy! This is great — it means you’re doing well. Now you’ve got a choice to make: cut back on the client load, or bring on an assistant. Cutting back on your client load is certainly a valid…

  • 7 ways to market your business (and why you need to)

    October 11, 2017 by Ashley Gainer

    Marketing has a mixed reputation, both within and beyond the world of freelancers. Some people love it and get all up into “persuasion” and testing button colors and “finding pain points.” For others, it’s a chore – setting up a rigorous social media schedule, running apps and schedulers, and maybe even hiring someone to create…

  • 5 tips for scaling back clients with big ideas and small budgets

    October 10, 2017 by Ashley Gainer

    At some point or another, you’re going to connect with a prospective client who wants to do Big! Things! with their website. And as the conversation continues, you’ll realize that they have a Big! Things! picture in mind, but their budget is…really not very big at all. This leaves you with an important decision to…

  • The best advice for transitioning to a new niche business

    October 3, 2017 by Ashley Gainer

    You’re bored. You’re restless. You’ve grown. You’ve found some greener grass somewhere else. For whatever reason, you look at your pipeline and you kind of would really just rather…maybe not do those gigs. What happens when you reach this point in your web design career? When everything is ho-hum and not quite cutting it and…

  • How to find, book, and onboard your first client

    September 25, 2017 by Ashley Gainer

    Hey, you fresh, hip new web designer, you! Starting your web design business is exciting, isn’t it!  How’s business going? What’s that? You’re still looking for that first client? Cool. Everyone has to start somewhere, after all. Once you’ve been doing this for a while, you’ll have a great process for finding and onboarding new…

  • How to make passive income every month

    September 12, 2017 by Ashley Gainer

    How would you like to look at next month and already know you had income lined up, even if you didn’t have any new projects booked? It’s a pretty good feeling. Knowing that you start each month at $1000, or $2000, or $4000 already coming in the door before you even look at the new…

  • How to find new leads with higher budgets

    September 4, 2017 by Ashley Gainer

    There comes a time in every freelancer’s life when they sit down and ask this question: Where can I find better leads? This is not necessarily a reflection of the freelancer’s current and past clients, but rather it’s a sign of growth. (That’s not to say there haven’t been plenty of web designers who’ve been…

  • The best tips for dealing with difficult clients

    August 31, 2017 by Ashley Gainer

    As web designers, we want to love all our clients. That’s what figuring out your ideal client is all about, right? Doing what we love for people who love working with us. Many freelancers have found their way to client bliss, but pretty much all of us have had to kiss a few frogs along…

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