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The Freelancer Files: Taking Over

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

The hand-off

A potential client comes to you because some other contractor abandoned their project before it was complete. Is this an easy payday in waiting or a landmine-to-be? Based on my experience, there are 4 potential reasons to take these jobs, and 4 potential reasons to run the other way. Let’s look at the right way to make the decision.

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5 Top Mistakes All Freelancers Should Avoid

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Stressed out!

Even with all the technology, tutorials and websites out there today, there is one thing that people can’t avoid – human error. I’m going to warn you about some of the biggest mistakes freelancers make, so you can fill up your “mistake quota” with the little ones… like typos.

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What Would You Learn if You Could Read Your Clients’ Minds?

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Looking through telescope

Most of us can’t read minds; we’re forced to rely on other skills to relate to our clients and deliver on our promises. In this article, Dana covers the six most important things that all of your clients are thinking.

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7 Keys to Turning Your Small Business’s Clients into Raving Fans

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Raving fans

OK, so that picture is completely over the top. But in all seriousness, if you run a small business, don’t you wish your clients loved you that much?

In this article, I’ll share seven keys from personal experience for providing your clients the absolute best service. If you do things right, you’ll have more than just happy customers – you’ll have raving fans who actively promote your business for you.

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Project Delivery – Chill Before Serving

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Chilled Lemonade

Right away is not always the right way. It’s not always easy to allow time for your project to chill… But if you care about the quality of work that you’re putting out, then it isn’t just recommended – it is a must.

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7 Free eBooks that Should Line Every Web Professional’s Digital Bookshelf

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Books

Time management, freelancing, jQuery, UX and more. These seven must-read eBooks represent a lifetime’s worth of experience and knowledge that should be in every designer and developer’s digital library.

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10 Must-Do Spring Cleaning Steps for Freelancers

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Spring flowers

It’s spring! If you’re running your own business, this is the time to do some important yearly maintenance. As projects pile up, it’s easy to neglect your own workspace, systems and finances. Before you know it, the disorder is out of control and it’s harming your productivity. Dana shares 10 must-do steps that will help you maximize the rest of your year.

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The Freelancer Files: Sick Days and Freelancing Don’t Mix – Or Do They?

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Tissues

The unfortunate reality is that we all get sick and face unexpected events that keep us from working. As a freelancer, it’s really tempting to let these interruptions become the source of stress, events that turn our schedules inside-out for weeks. Or, we “power through” sickness and end up prolonging the illness for weeks.

It shouldn’t be this way. In this article, I’m going to help you create a plan that allows for downtime and recovery time on those occasional days when you really need it.

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The Freelancer Files: Avoiding Working For Free… Except When It Benefits You

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Crackers

Inadvertently working for free is one of the biggest dangers of freelancing. In this article, I’m going to cover several different variations on this tune, including spec work, client-specific samples (including free samples), and pro bono work. More importantly, I’m going to help you create a framework that protects you from getting tangled in the working-for-free trap, yet helps you proactively leverage specific types of free work to build your business.

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Stuck on a Date: The Deadline Delusion

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Hourglass

Deadlines are quickly approaching, but instead of feeling uber-confident as you normally feel, you start feeling a little behind. A few days later, the deadline is tomorrow and it feels like there is still so much to do. Now you’re overwhelmed and stressed. You forego breaks and meals just trying to get done on time.

It doesn’t have to be this way. With some planning and organization, you can meet those deadlines without working in a pressure cooker.

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