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Client Red Flags & The Art of No

No matter how long you’ve worked in this industry, you’ll always encounter bad clients. A lot of the times, we can spot them from far off and send them packing. Then there are times the red flags don’t start waving until the middle of the project, or we can be so excited to work on a particular project that we completely...

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Mental Health in an Online Industry

*forgive me if this article bounces around a bit – I’m writing as I’m thinking and very passionate today!* So I just finished listening to the latest three episodes of Unfinished Business, which mention a lot on mental health. Both Paul Boag and Andrew Clarke have talked frequently about their fights with depression. I’ve always found it interesting that our...

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Perks of Having A Side Project

This past three weeks have seen me working hard on my new project, Skeinly. While it has nothing to do with our web industry (besides being a web app itself), it’s pushing me far forward in terms of skill and knowledge. So far I’ve had to sit down and write up business plans and ideas, draw UI wireframes, help the...

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Overpriced Developer Conferences

Yesterday I attended and spoke at the Sourc{ conference in southern London. I did it completely free of charge, because I’d only had one other conference under my belt and have been wanting to get some more experience. I enjoyed being able to hang out with Remy Sharp, Paul Davis and my new best buddy, Kat Thompson. I even meet...

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Together We Can Help Japan

Although Japan is a wealthy country, the sheer magnitude of the damage and destruction implores us to help our Japanese friends as best as we can. For Haiti, us along with a bunch of other generous developers donated money with the Indie+Relief initiative. It doesn’t seem that there is such an effort going this time, so we’ve put something together...

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8+ Stereotypes about Freelance Web Developers–Busted

Every industry has its share of stereotypes and web developers aren’t an exception. While poking fun of these stereotypes amongst ourselves is a fun pastime, it can quickly get out of hand when it’s a client or someone outside the development industry who becomes biased thanks to them. Just like everything else, freelance web developers aren’t the same by any means....

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Six Awesome Gifts Especially for Your Favorite Freelance Developer

It’s that wonderful time of year again–the holidays, Christmas and a time for giving. When shopping for your favorite developer (that’s me, right?), it might be tough trying to figure out what to get them. After all, it might seem like we developers have everything from iPads to Androids to big screen LCDs. So let’s take a look at this season’s...

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You Know You’re a Freelancer When…

Sometimes it’s difficult to tell whether you’re a true freelancer or just someone doing some work on the side. The distinction is an important one, because you’re expected to act differently as a freelancer–and by act differently I mean work longer hours, become a vampire and lose your social circles. But fear not, I’m giving you a trusty guide to settle...

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The Power Of The New Crowdsource? The Evolution Of Online Help

Crowdsourcing as we know it today is a terrible thing. It basically boils down to clients asking several, even hundreds of freelancers, to provide spec work in the hopes of getting their product chosen and getting paid. No other industry I can think of does this, and is something that plagues the professional freelancers, as their work becomes devalued, especially...

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Learning From Developer Celebrity Drama

I used to think that we developers were less vain about things. We don’t watch the soaps, buy the shady drama magazines in the checkout line, or generally care what the celebrities are up to – until recently that is. I realized that we do care what the celebrities are up to, just not the ones in Hollywood. You see,...

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