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Staying Focus | Lifestyle of a web designer

Staying focus as I navigate through Monday, June 26.  I am going to give you a blow by blow of my life as a web designer on Monday, which is my busiest day.  Working as a freelance web designer and brand developer, my Mondays can be challenging. Today began at 6:45am...

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Go to the next level | Lifestyle of a web designer

"If you want to go to the next level...never, ever stay where you are not valued." Dr. Robert J Watkins The other day, my phone ranged.  It was a prospective client, who was inquiring about my prices.  Not even knowing what the project was about, I advised the...

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Plugin of the week – Event Calendar

Plugin of the week - Event Calendar A small disclaimer, I am showcasing plugins that I use on many of my projects.  I am not going to give you a step by step tutorial on how to set up the plugin, or how to do certain features with the plugin.  I am only introducing...

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WordCamp Presentation | Lifestyle of a web designer

A few months ago, I was given the honor to speak at WordCamp Asheville.  I had spoken (presented) at WordCamp Atlanta, so I did not feel like it was going to be a huge deal.  Having worked several weeks on my speech, I was prepared.   This was my second time at...

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Interesting | Life of a webdesigner

I have been re-reading "All I really need to know in business I learned at Microsoft. Insider strategies to help you succeed" by Julie Bick.  This is an awesome book and I would recommend it to all free lance and/or entrepreneur. Eat your own dog food, but do not...

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Giving Back | Lifestyle of a web designer

In the past couple of days, I have reached out to a part time web designer.  She wants to go full time.  She had the typical questions about how to stay in business.  I have advised her about creating recurring revenue.  We discussed creating a budget.  How to secure...

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Getting the job done | Lifestyle of a web designer

Recently I hurt my lower back, and being a free lance web designer getting the job done is always important.  I have been very limited in what I can do? and what I can not do?  It is my sciatic nerve, and everyone has a cure. You should have low back surgery. Visit...

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How I find clients | Lifestyle of a web designer

This past weekend, I was asked "how do you find new clients?".  Without missing a beat, I stated one of my favorite quotes. "Someone problem is an opportunity." - Gary Vaynerchuk  As I walked away, I was asked to expand on my response.  I began to explain sometimes,...

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WordCamp Asheville | Lifestyle of web designer

I was a speaker at WordCamp Asheville over the weekend. I have spoke at many conventions and spoke at WordCamp Atlanta a few months ago. This was a very unusual situation for me.  I had hurt my back a few months ago and was hunch over for most of the weekend.  I had...

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Niche Designer | Lifestyle of a web designer

My niche is brand marketing.  Branding has taken on many different definitions in the past several years.  There are many "Branding Experts".  Many developers consider themselves branders. It really is confusing on many levels.  My definition of branding is to...

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