Category archives: Business

The cost of burglary

Two weeks ago, I arrived home to find my home had been broken into and most of my computer equipment had been stolen.

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Self promotion Part 3: Blogging

In the final part of this mini-series on self-promotion I discuss blogging, its benefits and how it works for self-promotional purposes.

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Self promotion Part 2: Speaking at events

In the second part of this investigative mini-series on self-promotion, I talk with Dan Donald and find out about speaking at events.

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Self promotion Part 1: Entering and/or winning awards

Freelancers don’t have the marketing budgets of large corporations but they still have the need to promote and market themselves. In this short series I’ll be talking to local web professionals and hearing about their self-promotion techniques. Part 1 focuses on entering/winning awards.

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Little yellow boxes

2008 is my first Christmas as a freelancer, so I thought I’d take the time to say thank you to some of my best clients with some little yellow boxes of joy.

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No more (web) heroes anymore…

The web has been buzzing this week over the ill-fated, make-your-employees-redundant-then-blog-about-it-somewhat-insensitively, debacle over at Carsonified HQ.

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Some recent business mistakes and the lessons learnt

This week, saw me make some business mistakes and pay the price for it. I hereby choose to share my shortcomings here in the hope that others may learn from my feeble business brain.

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How much does it cost to be a freelance 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?

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Review: Focal Point Lecture – Code Computerlove

Last night, I went to a talk by Code Computerlove’s MD, Tony Foggett – part of a series called the Focal Point lectures. It was a very useful talk where Tony told us all about how Code came about and its complete history.

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Web development tasks never take just 5 minutes

Whilst working at my last agency, I received an excellent piece of advice from the then Lead Developer: “A web development task never takes *just* 5 minutes”.

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Bean counting… or how I manage my freelance business finances

When I first starting freelancing over a year ago, I quickly became dragged down with how much time it would take me to generate quotes/invoices and send them on to clients. Rather, than put up with that situation or pay for a solution I wrote my own.

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How long does a small web project really take?

For each of my freelance projects, I note down all the hours worked (on paper). This includes, phone calls, emails, minor changes, CSS debugging etc.

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What a UK junior web developer should expect to earn

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,

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A new job, a new era

On Wednesday (31st October 2007) I worked my last day at Ichameleon Ltd and on Monday morning I started a new job for Aspiration Media. Although I enjoyed working for, and with, everyone at Ichameleon, my move to Aspiration marks an important step in my career as a web developer.

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First impressions of freelance web development

For the last 7 months, I’ve been doing the occasional freelance web job as well as my full-time job and it’s been both enjoyable and stressful.

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