Business

  • 9 pro tips for creating a strong web design portfolio website

    March 23, 2017 by Joanne Amos

    As a creative professional, your portfolio can be the making, or failing, of your business. So you need to ensure it represents the full range of your skills and experience, and that it demonstrates how your work will be a valuable asset to your visitors’ businesses. The best way to do this is to create…

  • 3 tips for designers to improve communication with clients

    March 22, 2017 by Emily Belden

    Listening to your clients is one of those things that’s easier said than done. Sure they write the checks, which means you should be all ears. But then again, they rely on you as the design expert, so it’s also your job to speak up and sound off. In this post, we’ll summarize three of…

  • 6 tips for integrating your brand identity throughout your business

    March 16, 2017 by Joanne Amos

    Your brand identity is one of the most important aspects of your business. It’s how you distinguish yourself from your main competitors. Once upon a time, the only branding required by most businesses was a sign on the shop front. But times have changed. While your marketing efforts and paid ads and listings drive traffic…

  • How to regroup and rebound after losing a major client

    March 13, 2017 by Lauren Bonk

    How many times a week does a freelancer hear or read the phrase “feast or famine?” Other than “do what you love,” it’s probably the most commonly-uttered cliche out there in our line of work, whether you’re a designer, a developer, a writer, or a freelance basket weaver. We all know the cliche about cliches,…

  • The best productivity apps for freelancers and web designers in 2017

    March 9, 2017 by Joanne Amos

    Whether you’re a freelance web designer or you work remotely as part of a team, staying on track can be one of the most challenging aspects of your working day. The freedom and flexibility that made you choose this lifestyle can also be your downfall. Thankfully there’s a multitude of productivity apps available to help…

  • The pros and cons of being a hybrid web designer/developer

    March 6, 2017 by Ashley Gainer

    If you’ve been a designer for any length of time, you’ve probably had clients request things from you that go beyond design and into the realm of development. Web design, as you know, involves the visual and structural design of a website. You’re making creative decisions about things like layouts, navigation, and user experience. There’s…

  • 4 easy ways to make more money as a freelancer

    February 23, 2017 by Morgan Ryan

    Looking for a few easy ways to make more money as a freelancer? We’ve compiled a few tips to help you grow your business, increase your income, and reach your revenue goal this year. Before we dive into the tips, take a second to establish where you are right now. What does your income look like?…

  • A 3-step process for finding reliable developers for your designs

    February 20, 2017 by David Tendrich

    Oh, that moment is so sweet – when you finish your design, save the PSD or Sketch file, and exhale. You’re done. You did it. At last. But then – fear creeps into your heart: “Who will code this masterpiece? Why is it so hard to find a good developer?” Our boutique agency faced this…

  • 5 productivity hacks every designer can benefit from

    February 13, 2017 by Emily Belden

    Life hacks are simple and everywhere – for instance, try putting Nutella on everything. But productivity hacks, especially for designers, can be a bit trickier to discover, especially when your workload is piling up and the clients you work for are demanding. Never fear, we have gathered some of the more genius and doable productivity…

  • 4 apps to help distracted designers increase productivity and focus

    February 6, 2017 by Lisa Tanner

    Have you ever sat down to knock some client work off your plate only to find yourself still sucked into your Facebook feed an hour later? Or have you ever ended up on a wild goose chase by clicking links and then can’t remember what it was you were looking for in the first place?…

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