Everybody’s doing something in social media these days. But like all forms of marketing that came before and all those that will come next—not everybody’s making social media work for them.Here are some common mistakes made by small business owners. Are you making them in your freelance design business?
If you're a designer and you can't seem to not check your Twitter stream every 30 minutes (or so) why not facilitate the way you interact with Twitter and cut-back on the time you spend reading and tweeting? This is possible through the use of plugins in conjunction with Firefox (one of the most widely used browsers by designers and developers alike).
As a web designer or developer our time is usually limited between client and personal projects. This means that we have the ability to actually loose money when time is lost. Not only will you loose money, but you will loose potential clients and further projects if you're not able to manage your time at an efficient level. Not only will a time tracking tool help with the the efficiency of your projects, but it will also help you to accurately bill your clients as well.
The Google Map API can be a bit daunting if you're not familiar with it on various levels. Using this API you can display maps that range from simple to complex, and the more complex the more coding and knowledge of the API structure is required. Below we've laid out several jQuery Maps Plugins that will make the installing and interaction between a map on your website much easier.
How skilled are you at the cross-sell? Cross-selling is simply selling an additional product or service to your established client base. (Cross-selling is frequently confused with upselling, which is the method of compelling a customer to purchase more expensive upgrades and add-ons to an existing sale.)
Disclaimer: I’m the kind of girl who gets excited about premiers of new shows on the History Channel. Or is it just History now? Shame on them for the lack of brand clarity on their very own website.
So, you’ve powered through college and after way too many cups of coffee, a few regrettable romantic excursions, and a lot of hard work, here you are: armed with insert your degree here and ready to take on the world! Easy. You’re, like, a totally amazing designers, so naturally people will be lining up to throw high-paying work at your genius…right? Not so much.
It seems like everybody wants something for free these days. And your best design work and strategies are no exceptions. As we discussed in Avoid Giving Away Your Work, for some, the good old internet has created the illusion of commoditization of creative.
Even for the most prolific and highly productive creative professionals, creativity does not come in unlimited supply. You can come off a glorious stretch of time where ideas are flourishing and energy seems endless…and suddenly, it’s dry times in Braintown. For most of us, this kind of road block doesn’t just decrease productivity, it can do some real damage to your professional morale.
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