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How to Survive in a Rapidly Changing Freelance Marketplace

Running a business is tough enough, but when you’re centered in an industry that seems to change almost every day, it can seem impossible. While there’s a ton of freelance work out there, there’s also plenty of competition and it becomes a daily fight to set yourself apart. One of the best things about being a freelancer is that when...

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How to Take a Vacation Without the Internet

Even though we can work from anywhere and can dictate our own schedules, it’s not often that we allow ourselves to take non-working holidays, especially ones where we’ll be completely off the grid with no phone or internet access at all. I never though about this issue until about eight months ago when I got engaged. In another month, we’re...

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Foolproof Way To Gain 50,000 Followers In Our Industry

While I’m not here to name names, I’ve been disappointed more than once recently when I’ve found another “leading industry expert” who offered no insight or any a hint of usefulness in their tweets. Of course your Twitter account is your own and you can use it anyway you’d like, but in our industry we normally love to keep it...

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Review of the Social Signup Plugin

A few weeks ago, the creators of the Social Signup Plugin contacted me about doing a review of their plugin. While I don’t normally do review requests, the plugin actually sounded like something one of my clients needed, so I decided to check it out. From their website, they describe their plugin as: We decided to make the Social Signup...

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25 Easy Ways to Fine Tune Your Freelancing Business

One of the things about freelancing that’s both helpful and harmful, is that once you get the business going, it pretty much runs itself. Once you’ve gone over that first hump of finding those first few clients, if you provide great service and work, you often don’t even need to advertise or look for clients much. While this is great...

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Starting A Successful Business

I’ve recently had several people tell me that they’d like to jump into freelancing soon and quit their full-time jobs. The problem is, they have no idea where to begin so they keep putting the idea off. I’ve seen this a lot with people. We’re so used to what we’re already doing that it’s scary to think of trying something...

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10 Home Office Time Savers

Working from home is one of my favorite things about being a freelancer. However, it can end up being a distraction if you’re not careful. There have been plenty of times that the whole day has gone by before I even got started working–simply because I decided to play around the house or on the internet. While it’s okay to do...

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Review of The Smashing Book #2

When I reviewed the first Smashing Book I was pretty disappointed about the production of the book itself. It was pretty costly and the book was difficult to read thanks to the margins and fonts and the whole thing seemed like it was going to fall apart. That’s why, I was delightfully surprised when I received book #2 in the...

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Developing Websites The Opposite Way

I’ve been on the web for a very long time now, so long, that I don’t even remember the day my parents came home with the nifty AOL CD. Back then there really was no “web design”, CSS or even any real best development practices. People just got on and hacked their way until they got something working up. Then...

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HTML, XHTML & CSS For Dummies – An Interview & A Giveaway

When I first decided that I wanted to learn HTML, there was no Google, no Wikipedia or really anything on the internet. The most popular search engine at the time was Hotbot (at least I think that’s what it was called) and animated gifs, tables and frames where all the rage. Therefor, there really was no way online to learn...

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