Helpful Resources For Freelance web designers

In my last post I talked about the good & bad points when freelancing as a web designer, I promised that I would give some tips on tools that help with work flow, inspiration, and how to be just down right productive.

 

1. Flywheel Hosting is a premium WordPress hosting company built specifically for designers, freelancers and creative agencies. This is possibly the best thing you can do for yourself and for you clients, GET on flywheel NOW! It's the real deal, blazing fast, they do all the setup work for you, all you have to do is send your wordpress content & database file over & they get it all setup, that simple. Wanna setup hosting ready for the client to take over the billing? yeah that's easy too. What about adding a CDN?To easy just add it to your plan for $10 extra a month, & your site is on over 20 servers around the globe, for supper fast loading times. I give these guys 5 stars for there amazing customer service.

Pricing: starting from $15/month

 

 

2. Google Keep, not much to say other than it's awesome for making lists for what you want to work on the next day, or any helpful ideas you want to take down. You can now upload images too. Works well across mobile & desktop. I use this app daily for increased productivity.

Price: Free

 

 

3. Harvest, is awesome... Simple time tracking, fast online invoicing, and powerful reporting software. Simplify employee time sheets and billing. For simple clean management of all my invoices and quotes, I really do recommend these guys, infact I even give them a shout out in my footer. 

Price: Free - but trust me spend the $12/month its worth every penny

 

 

4. Asana is a web and mobile application designed to enable teamwork without email. It was founded by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-engineer Justin Rosenstein, who both worked on improving the productivity of employees at FacebookI use Asana for keeping all of my clients details safe & secure.

Price: Free 

 

 

5. Dribbble is a show & tell for designers, the quality of work is top notch. Dribble is a fantastic place to keep your portfolio of your best work, keep in mind that whatever you put up has to be really good, so no stoke images. The only way to get on dribbble is via invitation, and this is how the quality of work is upheld.

Price: Free

 

 

6. Unsplash free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos. 10 new photos every 10 days.

Price: Free

 

 

7.  Flat Ui Colors is great for quickly getting some nice clean flat colors to work from. This is really simple to use, just click on the desired color and the #ffff color is pasted to your clipboard.

Price: Free

Being a freelance web designer in Sydney

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I thought I would share the good & the bad of being a freelance web designer living and working from home. 

The Pros

  • You get to work from home.
  • Flexible hours.
  • No real hard deadlines, only what you place on yourself.
  • No distractions.
  • Coffee when ever you feel the need.

The Cons

  • All of the above... wait, but I just said that they where Pros?? Well that's until you come to realize that these are also potential time wasters.

Also, to all my fellow freelance web designers out there- Its never a good idea to work from home wearing your PJ's, I find its not good for the motivation & this comes across in the quality of your work. 

Listen to great music, I choose Pandora or you could use Spotify, what ever floats your boat really, crank on a great sound track, I'm currently listening to the TRON movie soundtrack. 

You really need to be hard on yourself to make sure you keep the projects moving forward, this is the only fair way of doing good business for yourself & your clients. There are a lot of tools on the net that can help a Freelance web designer or developer out there, its just a matter of sorting out what fits you & your business best.

 

Call back, in my next blog I will talk about tools I use to help make my job easier, and even better they are either free or don't cost as much as you expect.

Favicons Need Love To

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It's been a while between posts so I thought, there's no better way to get the writing juices flowing again than to write about something has been bugging me every now & then, and that's the lack of love the favicon gets!

It truly amazes me when I go to these beautiful websites that have had thousands of dollars spent on them to find that they don't have the 16 x 16 favicon at the top of the browser... It really drivers me crazy, Let me put it this way, its like you go and buy a Mercedes Benz, spend thousands and the car looks great but they just don't put the Mercedes badge on the car!!!

It may just be me but I find it such a let down when the favicon gets no love, plus your amazing new webpage looks really.... well unfinished, so please whether you are a web designer or a client make sure the humble favicon gets its rightful & glorious 16 x 16 spot at the top of your browser.

Web design SEO tips: part 2

4. Robots.txt

A mistake I find often is that Robots.txt with a no follow are active, make sure this is not the case as Google will not be able to view your content on your site, this means no Google rank. 

5. Back-links

Back-links are tricky! Don't be fooled into web directories as they often have negative results in Google's eye's, this is because the are mostly spam.

What I strongly recommend is joining the main social media websites to start of your back-link building e.g. Google +, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Another good idea is to ask your favourite blog in the industry your associated with to link to your site, or even better to write a blog post about you and your business. 

I hope this small Segment on seo tips helps.