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Where Are You Going?

I thought this week would benefit from a nice reader discussion. So I want to know – Where do you plan to be on this exact date next year? How will you get there? Please leave a comment so others can learn as well!

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How To Not Be An Annoying Designer

I’ve made it my business for the past two years to work only with designers and their agencies. I also come from a college background of design, which is a benefit when working in front-end development, as I still have an eye to make sure every pixel is in its place. This also gives me the opportunity to see behind...

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The Importance of Giving to the Community

I’m a firm believer in supporting the community you’re a part of, whether it’s your actual neighborhood or your favorite online sites. A well-supported communitygives in return and contributing to it ensures that the community will stick around longer than a few months. Online, there are several ways you can contribute to your community no matter what you do as a...

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Create Your Dream Job

Being a freelancer has always been a dream of mine. I was raised with the value of hard work, but was always told that to really succeed and get ahead in life, I needed to start my own company and be my own boss. Now that I’ve started my own company and am essentially my own boss though, what’s next? Do...

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So You're a Failure

Everyone comes to a point in their life where they feel like a failure. Nothing seems to go right, does it? It’s even worse when the failure has to do with your freelance business, as that means everything in your life is in jeopardy–from the mortgage to putting food on the table. So what do we do when we begin...

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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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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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Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us By Seth Godin

Tribes is the second book I’ve read by Seth Godin. Purple Cow was a pretty awesome read, so when several people recommended this book to me, I picked it up eagerly. I have to admit I was a little disappointed. While it did contain some great thoughts, none of it was really new. Seth Godin is supposed to be some...

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Why Freelancers Don’t Really Need a Business Plan

Pick up any old business book and what’s the first thing they tell you that need to do before starting your business? Write out a business plan. While I can’t speak for any other types of businesses, I’ve found that as a freelancer, business plans are utterly useless, and in some cases, harmful. Interestingly enough, larger companies are starting to...

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8 Web Development Mistakes that Make Any Site Look Bad

Whether you’re a developer, a designer or just an entrepreneur, a professional website is nearly impossible to do business without. While most people spend endless amounts of time to get the design of the site just right, most people don’t even pay attention to what’s behind that design. Unfortunately no matter how awesome your website looks in the front-end, bad development...

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