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Top 10 Design and Development Software Tools You MUST Use in 2016

If you’ve been in design and development for any length of time, you already know about the veteran software tools available to you: Adobe, PHP Developer, Sublime, and Yeoman, just to name a few. However, this year has been a big one in regards to changing how developers and designers work together – it’s no… Continue reading

Code Repositories: What They Are and Why You Should Use Them

So, you’ve started to code and need a way to organize all of your glorious projects. A code repository is what you’re looking for, but where exactly should you start? This article will help you understand what a repo is, what it does, and how it’s going to save your butt. A code repo is… Continue reading

Why QuickBooks and FreshBooks Are Not Competing

Accounting. Invoices. Finances. Payroll. For some, it’s the stuff of dreams. For others, the stuff of nightmares. Honestly, just hearing the word “finance” makes me stressed. I wish I was kidding. So if anything makes my business accounting and invoicing a little simpler, I’m a big fan. While there’s always the age-old option to hire… Continue reading

You Always Have to Look at the Money

Budgeting. Yikes. It may seem like a foreign concept to some, but for freelancers and self-employed individuals, budgeting is crucial. That means you must learn to manage a business budget and a personal budget. “But I need to get my business off the ground!” I’m sure you do. However, neglecting to keep your personal finances… Continue reading

The Pitfalls of Partnering in Business

If you’ve been in business for a while or if you’re just starting out, you may consider a partnership. Maybe you need financing. Maybe you need administrative help. Maybe you’re great at the administrative tasks, but need a little help on the creative side. So partnering up sounds like a great idea, right? Wrong. We’ve… Continue reading

4 Tips to Avoid Lawsuits for Your Business

Every time you scroll through a feed or pick up a magazine it seems as if another lawsuit story is underway. Our social default has essentially become to sue first, ask questions later. For freelancers and businesses this poses a hairy situation since any of your clients at anytime can sue you for your work…. Continue reading

The Skinny on All Things Agreements (read this or regret it later!)

We already know that people communicate differently and every client brings their own unique experiences to every conversation we have; however, this simple fact can be often overlooked and we may think our client already knows what we mean when we tell them what they will receive. Contracts are vital in the freelance world, since… Continue reading

How to Never Lose Another Client in 4 Easy Steps

So you’ve made that big sale. Congratulations! But now what? Can your business run on new sales alone? Possibly, but keeping clients, especially good ones, is the key to a successful business. Of course, over time, you will lose or drop bad clients. However, learning to focus on landing and maintaining relationships with great clients… Continue reading

Small Business Owners: 7 Reasons Why Your Blog Isn’t Converting Any Leads (#2 is our favorite)

Yes, small business owners. If digital marketing is part of your marketing mix, you’re hopefully trying to figure out what role you company blog should play. It’s nonsensical to curate and write content on a weekly basis only to have it sit on the shelf with the hope that your specific audience happens to stumble… Continue reading

How to Land Your First Client

Imagine Elise, a recent grad who wants to branch out and start her own web design business, but is clueless about where to start or where to find her first client. Sound familiar? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. If you’re just branching out on your own, you undoubtedly have the skills it takes to… Continue reading

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