Five Easy Steps to Staying Motivated as A Freelance Business Owner

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Motivating yourself to excel in your freelancing business or to be an example to your clients, should not be something you do only when the spirit moves you. It's an ongoing process that should include every facet of your business life. This means your mental attitude, physical well-being and appearance, work atmosphere, your interaction with others (clients and employees alike), and you're off-the-job environment.

Motivational experts get paid big bucks to tell professionals, striving for success, that they must constantly examine these factors. How do you do that?

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Using Flash In Your Freelance Designs – Good Or Bad?

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Flash-based sites have been a craze since the past few years, and as Adobe compiles more and more great features into Flash, we can only predict there will be more and more flash sites around the Internet. However, Flash based sites have been disputed to be bloated and unnecessary. Where exactly do we draw the line? Here's a simple breakdown.

Freelancers Using Flash In Their Designs - The good:

Interactivity

Flash's Actionscript opens up a vast field of possibilities. Programmers and designers have used Flash to create interactve features ranging from very lively feedback forms to attractive Flash-based games. This whole new level of interactivity will always leave visitors coming back for more.

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Sitemaps 101 – Benefits of and Tips on Designing a Sitemap

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Have you ever wondered how a search engine works? It must be fascinating figuring out how this search tool could direct you to several websites that are relevant to your keywords. Or, have you experienced instances where the link that supposedly contains your keywords is not exactly what you have in mind? You would probably think that there must be something wrong with the search engine that it generated irrelevant results. Read More »

Search Engine Optimization And Why You Gotta Use It In Your Freelancing Business

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E-commerce is a cut throat business, especially for freelancers. You have to arm yourself with the proper know-how and the tools to make your site a cut above the rest. Each day, more and more sites are clambering to optimize their rankings in websites and if you lose your guard, you may just get trampled on and be left in the abyss filled with so many failed e-commerce sites.

Search Engine Optimization or SEO is a term widely used today by many e-commerce sites. For the past few years and the next ten years or so, search engines would be the most widely used internet tool to find the sites that they need to go to or the product or information they need.

Most people that use search engines use only the ten top search results in the first page. Making it to the first page, more so to the top three is a barometer of a sites success in search engine optimization. You will get a higher ratio of probability in being clicked on when you rank high. The more traffic for your site, the more business you rake in.

But, it is essential to grab a hold of that spot or make your ranking even better. As I aforementioned, each day is a new day for all e-commerce sites to make them selves rank higher using search engine optimization. It is imperative to make your site better and better everyday.

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10 Step Web Design and Development Agreement For Freelancers & Designers

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First off let me say that this is not written by a professional lawyer or anyone close to one. It is written by a typically business owner of a successful web development company (myself), who has no law degree or the budget to hire a lawyer to write a web development contract. 

However, they are in need of a contract agreement that will assure a project will be well outlined for both the client and the developer as to what the expectations are of the entire project.

I must write a disclaimer that this proven web development agreement is purely based on experience and knowledge of the web design and development industry. Others may write these contracts and agreements differently. This article is written to help others who wish to know how to begin to write a 10 step web design and development agreement. So enough said, let’s get down to the 10 steps:

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A Few Cool Photoshop Tips And Tricks For Freelance Graphic Designers – Part 2

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Photoshop is a powerful piece of software with plenty of cool tricks you can apply. As a freelance graphic designer, or any freelancer/designer that would be making graphics - knowing as much about Photoshop as possible is a MUST these days.

In the first part of this post about Photoshop - I shared a couple cool tricks anyone can use to make better graphics.

In this part I talk a bit more about Photoshop and some basic ideas on finding more cool tips and tricks...

...finding more advanced tips and tricks for Photoshop actually.

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3 Traits Freelance Web Designers Should Always Use With Quality SEO and Web Design

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When it comes to web design, there are some amazing freelance designers out there. Most web designers are very creative and have a strong artistic background. They are able to use their artistic talents to create layouts that are guaranteed to catch the eye of your visitors.

Unfortunately, there is one major thing that most freelance web designers are missing. The majority of web designers are not familiar with the concepts and implementation of search engine optimization techniques.

Even if a web designer has at least some basic knowledge of SEO, the majority do not worry about implementing search engine optimization strategies into their designs.

While this may seem like a trivial detail, it can actually be the root of some major problems.

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10 Awesome Portfolio Themes Any Freelancer Would LOVE

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A great way to show off your work and and let people see how good you are at whatever you do (website design, graphic design, etc...) is to put up a blog using Wordpress and use a portfolio type theme.

This gives you a way to display your work and provide information about your services. But you need to make sure you use a portfolio theme that grabs attention and looks good. 

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A Few Cool Photoshop Tips And Tricks For Freelance Graphic Designers – Part 1

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When it comes to entering the graphic design world, creating interesting pieces for a job or sharing artwork with family and friends, there are plenty of cool Photoshop tips and tricks to consider. Whether you are just experimenting with the tools or already know how to layout a magazine spread, there will always be a new shortcut or trick to make life much easier. Below, you will find a few tips to add to your repertoire or share with others:

Easy Photoshop Tips and Tricks For Freelancers

Have you ever wanted to easily create the image of Earth and dread using the circle tool? There is an easy way to design the world in six steps, which should take less than a minute to complete. First, you should select File/New from the menu bar and create a file size that measures about 200 pixels by 200 pixels. The RGB mode should be selected for this trick. Next, choose a light blue shade for the foreground color and a darker blue for the background color.

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Why You Should Build An Email List As A Freelancer!

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This is something most freelancers don't think about. And if/when they do, they really don't know where to start to get things going. This is also something that can and will skyrocket any freelancer's income once it's in place, working and doing it's job.

Imagine being able to spend just 15 or so minutes writing an email, copy - paste and click a button, and INSTANTLY having repeat visitors, passive income pouring in and even building your brand and authority in your freelance niche area.

What am I talking about? Email List Building For Freelancers!

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