I’ve been a fulltime freelancer for over three years and in that time, I’ve changed from being quite shy about the topic of money and charging clients to being very upfront and realistic but, even now, one of the hardest concepts is cashflow management.
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This website does very well for the search term, freelance web designer manchester. This means I get more than my fair share of emails from people requesting quotes for projects whereby the people requesting the quote have never commissioned a website before and don’t know how much it should cost or what’s involved.
You’ve just graduated from university, or college and you want to get a job as a web developer / web designer, but it turns out it’s much harder than you realised. So how do you get that first job as a web developer?
A computer, broadband and knowledge. Those three items alone are all you need to set up as a freelance web developer. You already have all three so, essentially, it costs nothing to start up your own web business: or does it?
Prior to gaining my first job as a junior web developer, I often wondered how much I could expect to earn.
Whilst at university, during 2001-2005, I heard a lot about the average salary for a university graduate being around £18,000 a year (regardless of profession) – whether this was an accurate figure or not, it felt realistic and achievable to me.
Writing a CV (resume) for a web design job isn’t too dissimilar to writing a CV for any other job. So don’t try to be too clever.
As my last function as Web Coordinator for JJB Sports, I was asked (along with a colleague) to find a new web designer. Some of the CVs I received were truly awful so I’ve summarised some of the biggest mistakes people made in the hope less people will make the same errors.
Following on from last week’s rapturously received What web agencies can learn from Gordon Ramsay post, I’m continuing the series with a take on the advice of Sarah Beeny.
For those, who do not know, Sarah Beeny is a highly successful property guru/writer/TV presenter who presents (among other TV shows) Property Ladder. This show is essentially shows Beeny following the progress of novices in the property development industry and shows the mistakes they make.
For those, who do not know, Gordon Ramsay is a highly successful British chef/restaurateur/TV presenter who presents (among other TV shows) Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. This show is essentially about Ramsay improving the prospects of flagging UK restaurants.
Although, different every week, Ramsay’s underlying message is the same. If your restaurant has certain characteristics and good food you will (be more likely to) succeed in the industry.
RSS is something I use everyday for my own personal use that speeds up my use of the internet tenfold. Sadly, most people outside the industry still haven’t cottoned on to it yet. So I’m going to try help you to explain it to them.
In web design, I care most about the state of the (X)HTML, I like my sites to validate for a couple of reasons.
- It makes creating/fixing CSS bugs easier
- I just do
Last week, I talked about the importance of accessible web design and how to easily make the images on your website more accessible. This week, I’ll be talking about making your hyperlinks more accessible.
The internet as a medium has the potential to be very accessible. Telephones can alienate the deaf/hard-of-hearing, and television can alienate the blind/visually impaired but email and the web are great tools for people of all abilities.
A month ago I wrote that little design changes can make a big difference to conversion and now here’s the conclusive proof.
The concept of good SEO is for your website to appear well in the natural rankings of Google/Yahoo/MSN/etc as opposed to the paid for listings (which cost money and don’t perform as well).
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