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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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Freelancing Rates – Six Years Later

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been almost six years since I first decided to strike out on my own! Since then, I’ve learned a lot about running a business through trial and error. Hourly vs Fixed Rates One of the first lessons I learned quick, was how to charge for projects. When I first started freelancing, I charged an...

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The Danger of Working With Other Freelancers

Today I’m up at 5:30 after only getting four hours of sleep, because I’m dealing with a complete website meltdown. Yay fun, right? The difficult part of it though, is that I didn’t code this site. Instead I had hired another developer to help me out because the site required a ton of backend work that was above my head....

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Location Based Services

We’re normally told as freelancers that location doesn’t matter because we all work online anyways. Imagine my relief then, as when I first started freelancing, I lived in the middle of nowhere, 40 minutes outside of Nashville. But the advice was right, after my initial struggle with getting clients, I became so busy I was often scheduled up 2-3 months...

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Made By Oomph!

Sometimes having friends on Twitter can really have it benefits, especially when they have awesome connections. Such was the case when I commented on Paul Maloney‘s awesome looking new plastic business cards. Turns out, the business cards were created by Oomph!, a company that prints all sorts of awesome plastic cards and they were looking for some nice promotors. Truth...

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The Death of an App

Yesterday I decided to put up my beloved app, Codesnipp.it, for sale. Codesnippit was the very first side project I ever took on and came with the added bonus of being able to do something with my husband (who’s a PHP programmer). However 3ish years later, my poor Codesnipp.it has sat there stagnant and unloved. It’s been through two design...

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Reasons To Be Creative & dConstruct 2012

Two awesome conferences. One week. One tired speaker, y’all. Brighton is one of my favourite places to be, so I relished in the opportunity to be able to speak at Reasons to be Creative and attend dContruct all in the same week. Both were wildly different conferences, but both were fantastic! Reasons to be Creative Sunday night was the speaker...

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A Bit Of Professional Advice

I always try to go above and beyond for my clients – but sometimes that’s not enough. Sometimes you come to a point in your client relationship, whether your fault, theirs or both, where you need to put on the breaks and just say no. Saying no is a scary thing, because even as a professional, you feel the client...

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Women In Tech

Forgive me, for this post is going to be really discombobulated and probably piss you off..  Women in tech. I really, really, really hate that phrase. Yes, I’m a woman. Yes, I think it’s important for anyone and everyone to be able to do what they want to do without having to worry about been oogled all the the time....

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This Industry Is Full of Crap

Forgive me for my harsh tone of voice today, I’ve had a rough week dealing with a stupid site with stupid code (my own). My mood became worse when I read my Twitter feed at the end of the day – to realize that our industry is simple, and utterly full of crap. I fully realize that by calling it...

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