Over the summer I’ve launched a book in just 10 weeks; it was a small eBook about mobile design called, naturally, Mobile Design Book. It was by no means easy but from that process itself I’ve manage to take away a bunch of lessons that could serves as tips for others. It’s tricky to launch anything, especially in launching it quickly.
Recently I’ve been hearing more about other creatives’ side projects. A side project is a small, usually personal, project one takes on in spare time. Among designers and developers this is becoming more and more popular.
One of the few proven ways to be successful in any business is to understand your customer’s needs and deliver quality products or services that satisfy those needs in the best way possible. Yes, it does sound too bookish but the truth is knowing your end user is the kernel of a customer-oriented business model. Though it seems to be a generally acknowledged and elementary principle but oftentimes entrepreneurs get so drawn away by their business idea and the profits it is going to generate that eventually they end up forgetting about the end user and selling what is already built instead of trying to create something customers really need.
Did you know that disorganization, lack of resources and scope creep are among the top reasons why your projects fail? Regardless of whether you are a member of the design community or a different field altogether you probably already know that project management is vital to the success of your projects.
Designing can be a frustrating job especially if you’re just getting started. From getting appropriate equipment and space to gathering clientele you might find that it is harder than you originally thought. Other than being a great designer you also need to be a great people person. In other words you need to know how to communicate and learn how to adapt because not every client will be the same.
The freelance life is one of difficult struggles with a lot of learning. But it also allows for a unique sense of balance where you have majority control over your time management. This can be a curse or a blessing depending on how responsible you are.
In this post I want to share a few tips for keeping yourself in balance. Freelance work is unlike the commonplace 9-5 office jobs everybody seems to have. You can set your own hours, do work as you please and still setup some play time. Keeping yourself in-check is the best way to mold a successful freelancer’s lifestyle.
Working online provides a lucrative life schedule which many people have never experienced. Freelance web development, Internet marketing, and design jobs allow any industry professional to work from the comfort of their own home. But this also requires more dedication towards building a name for yourself and getting recognized by others in the field.
In this article I want to provide some tips for building an online social following. Being a web designer is tough and requires a lot of experience just to complete freelance jobs. But throw in the marketing side and you have a whole new set of issues. Hopefully these tips can alleviate the initial steps.
Web designers and developers are usually seen working together on various projects. Designers end up following a path of creating pixels, while developers pick up the frontend and backend coding techniques. If you find yourself leaning towards either side then it’s worthwhile to follow whichever path interests you the most.
But it’s also important for some people to have a balance between these two facets. In this article I want to share some ideas for balancing your own skillset between coding and designing interfaces. These topics mostly pertain to building websites but you could also consider these ideas for app & software developers, too.
Every website needs some form of marketing to initially garner a responsive audience. You want participating users on your website to offer feedback, utilize all your services, and put your website to good use. But there are so many techniques inside the umbrella of Internet marketing – which ones produce the best results?
I have found that social media is one method which offers a gateway directly into people’s desktops. Everybody uses at least some popular Internet figure whether it’s YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or any other brand name website. These networks are also marketing tools for gauging the popularity of your content. In this article I want to share a few techniques you can use to push your website viral on many of these larger social media outlets.
For many freelancers, the inability to keep some semblance of a regular schedule in the midst of a chaotic existence is a constant source of anxiety and lack of productivity. Insomnia, sudden and frequent interruptions, visiting family, travelling for weddings, and the average sick day (or series of sick days) – all of these occurrences (and many others) can cause the delicate balance of a freelancer’s schedule to careen off course. This can unfortunately result in missing deadlines, losing clients, and other not-so-awesome consequences.
Which is why in today’s post I’m going to show you a method I developed during a prolonged bout of insomnia that has helped me stay on task no matter how random my day becomes. Its all about breaking your ideal work day down into flexible time blocks so that you can rearrange them at a moment’s notice.