Business

  • The key to managing freelance projects while you work full-time

    January 16, 2017 by Ashley Gainer

    The side gig. Whether you just want some extra cash or you dream of building your own empire and becoming your own boss, managing freelance projects isn’t always easy. There’s a learning curve. There’s the need to market yourself, which is a struggle for a lot of people. There’s the need to deal with business…

  • The art of web design project estimations

    January 11, 2017 by David Yarde

    It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned industry vet or a newcomer to the field, estimating projects isn’t an easy task. In fact it’s one most creatives dread doing. If you’re like me, you’d prefer to just let your creativity flow instead. The thing is, designing and building experiences requires prudent planning when it comes…

  • To create a happier design team, turn your UX design process inward

    January 5, 2017 by Shanon Marks

    Your people are not your products. They’re the geniuses behind your product. True, sometimes the products themselves are amazing, like Apple iPhones or Nike sneakers. But here’s a secret: The magic isn’t in the sneaker; it’s in the people who designed it. As designers, we often obsess over how our work affects customers. We have…

  • Tips to set a successful schedule and maximize productivity

    December 27, 2016 by Emily Belden

    One of my favorite things about attending conferences is the organization and flow that comes with the agenda for the meeting. When things are scheduled accordingly, my time is maximized, my productivity is at an all-time high, and I truly feel like I am getting the most out of whatever I am doing. Applying the…

  • Professional networking – how to do it the right way

    December 26, 2016 by Heather Steele

    Whether you’ve established a business and run it for years or you’re just starting out on the freelancer path, networking is something you’ve probably had shoved down your throat. By everyone. Constantly. In the business world, we love, love, love to talk about the unassailable value of “networking.” How it will change your life, start…

  • 9 popular productivity podcasts you shouldn’t miss

    December 20, 2016 by Lisa Tanner

    Do you wish there were more hours in your day to tackle your growing to-do list? Since you only have 24 hours, it’s important to make the most of your time. If you’re in need of some productivity inspiration as you build your design business or try to balance work and life, here are nine…

  • The secret to earning your customer’s loyalty

    December 16, 2016 by Ashley Gainer

    Client loyalty is the bedrock of most businesses, and web design is no exception. When you have solid customer loyalty, you’ve got a healthy bottom line and a bright future. But how do you find these loyal clients? Well…here’s the thing. It takes work to build client loyalty, but the great news is that you…

  • 6 tips for setting professional boundaries with clients

    December 13, 2016 by Lisa Tanner

    Do you feel obligated to check your email at all hours of the day and night? Are you worried that you’ll miss an important update on social media if you put your phone down for too long? Are you working all the time? If you answered yes to at least one of those questions, it’s…

  • 3 quick tips to stay focused as a freelance designer

    December 7, 2016 by Emily Belden

    The freelance life is coveted by many creatives. Flexible hours, freedom to work when and where it’s most convenient for you, and the ability to be your own boss are just some of the attractive things about leaving the corporate world behind and becoming a freelance professional. But like anything that has its benefits, there…

  • 4 tips for crafting the perfect pitch to book a client

    November 29, 2016 by Ashley Gainer

    Pitching. Eek! The great thing about pitching is that the more you do it, the less scary it becomes. It also helps to have some great tips for working on your pitch, though. Here are some things to keep in mind when you want to craft the perfect pitch to book your next client: Embody…

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