How to make passive income every month
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.

  • 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…

  • How to use content to promote your design business

    August 8, 2017 by Ashley Gainer

    When you’re running a web design business, one of the many hats you need to wear as CEO is that of Chief Marketing Officer. And if you’re going to be a CMO worth your salt, you need to get knowledgeable about a little thing we call content marketing. Content marketing, as defined (very nicely) by…

  • 6 tips for establishing competitive pricing

    August 3, 2017 by Ashley Gainer

    When you’re in the web design business — whether it’s for yourself or as an agency — competitive pricing is a critical element of your success. Yes, your skills matter. Yes, your portfolio matters. Yes, your ability to “sell” matters. But if your prices aren’t where they should be, it won’t matter one iota how great the…

  • 7 foolproof ways to promote your design business

    July 26, 2017 by Ashley Gainer

    “Marketing” is a word that sends a shudder down the spine of many new web designers. We all come to the table with our own perceptions of what marketing is, isn’t, and maybe even what it should be. Often these perceptions are not-so-flattering, too. Marketing means selling, right? And nobody likes to get sold to….

  • Sales funnel fundamentals every web designer should know

    July 20, 2017 by Ashley Gainer

    Ever heard of a sales funnel? Of course you have. But do you know what a funnel is and how to use one? That one’s less of a no-brainer. But have no fear! Today we’re going to start unpacking the online marketing universe of the sales funnel…starting with the basics. What is a sales funnel?…

  • How designers can use an email course to grow their business

    July 17, 2017 by Ashley Gainer

    I love online courses. I’ve written about them here before, and I’ve even put together a few of my own — with many more to come. My enthusiasm isn’t unusual, either. Online learning is here to stay — for a good while, at least — and the popularity of the e-course only seems to grow the longer it’s around. Students love…

  • 7 things that should be in every designer’s portfolio

    July 12, 2017 by Ashley Gainer

    Whether you’re looking at your body of work and building out your first portfolio or you’re an established designer revamping the great stuff that’s already in there, it’s time to think critically about your web design portfolio. Maybe you have all the pieces you need and you just want to be sure you’re highlighting the…

  • The best Google Chrome extensions for designers in 2017

    July 11, 2017 by Ashley Gainer

    Chrome extensions…they’re better than a bookmark, better than in-browser apps, ridiculously handy, and a fantastic (usually free!) resource for web designers. You may already be using some extensions, not to mention Chrome’s own DevTools if that’s your style, but don’t stop there! If you’re missing out on any of these must-have Chrome extensions, your workflow…

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