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How and When to Say No to a Client

Posted November 18, 2010 in How-To, Managing Clients

When you’re first starting out as a freelancer, it can be difficult to find those first few gigs. Many freelancers develop the habit of accepting nearly every project with work that remotely resembles their chosen specialty.

For the brand new freelancer, taking what work you can find is a matter of survival (and there’s nothing wrong with that). Before long, however, you may find yourself overwhelmed with too much work to do and too little time to do it in. When this happens, you know that it is time to start to refuse projects. However, you probably don’t have a refusal strategy in place.

In this post, we’ll discuss when and how to say no to a potential client.

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How Experimenting Can Help You Become a Better Freelancer

Posted November 17, 2010 in Inspiration

In order to survive as a freelancer, you must always continue to improve yourself. If you fail to do that you can quickly and easily become one of those old IT guys we’re constantly making fun of–you know those that code in VB and believe tables are the latest and great thing from HTML.

I’ve talked about learning before by reading books and following blogs, but there’s an even better way to learn–by experimenting. As a front-end developer, my heart will always be with HTML and CSS, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try other things.

By forcing yourself to experiment with different kinds of design or development, you test yourself. You may end up learning something new to offer your clients, finding an area you like working in better, or even figuring out that your current position in the best one to be in.

Personally, I’ve been experimenting with languages. During the summer, I learned Objective C for the iPhone, and now I’m taking a break to learn jQuery. While I enjoyed Objective C some, I’m finding that learning advanced jQuery is a lot more exciting and fun–and it’s something I’ve already started using for my clients and in making custom plugins.

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13 Great Sites for WordPress Tips, Tutorials, and Hacks

Posted November 16, 2010 in Tools/Resources, Web Design

WordPress has become one of, if not THE, most popular open source blogging and content management systems around. With over 25 million websites and blogs powered by this award-winning web software and a continuously expanding community of developers, designers and contributors, freelancers who have the skills and knowledge to create WordPress websites are in high demand. Over 90% of my own freelance business involves the use of WordPress somehow, and I have found a niche for providing clients with quality, affordable, custom WordPress websites that has grown my business at a rapid pace.

In this post, I am sharing 13 sites (in no particular order) I find myself visiting often for tips, tricks and tutorials that will enhance and expand your WordPress knowledge and abilities. Some of them you may already know and others you may not. Regardless, these are my own personal haunts when it comes to getting more out of WordPress.

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Insider Secrets: Freelancing Shortcuts That Really Work

Posted November 15, 2010 in Getting Started, Inspiration

Let’s be honest: freelancing isn’t easy. It’s not that it’s actually hard to be a freelancer or do the work… it’s the getting started, getting set up, getting clients, and getting a solid business foundation for sustainable growth that complicates everything.

There’s a lot more to freelancing than just… well, freelancing.

So I’ve put together an insider guide to my favorite freelancing shortcuts that really work. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been freelancing for a while, I guarantee each of them will change your business––for the better.

Oh, and make life a helluvalot less complicated.

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