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How to start your business- survival tips for self-taught web designers

freelance survival tips for web designers

Building any business is tough work, to begin with, so when you add in the fact that you are on your own and you are self-taught it can be even harder. As a Self-taught web designer, you will know that the benefits and rewards of running a successful business from this occupation are magnificent, but it takes a lot to get to there.

 

Often people who are self-taught might feel slightly intimidated by the effort needed to grow a web designing business as well as the sheer scale of the industry, however, with a few essential survival tips you can get a great start to your business and be well on your way to making a comfortable living. In this article, you will see an easy to follow guide on how to hit the ground running in the world of web design.

 

Find your niche

Since you are self-taught you will know more than anyone else exactly what your strengths and weaknesses are when it comes to web design; so play to our strengths. This might seem like obvious advice, but a lot of web designers take on work that they are not good at to build portfolios, gain income and because they think that’s what a web designer should do.

 

The truth is turning down work that doesn’t play to your strengths works in your favor. Not only does this stop you from letting down clients and damaging relationships this also enables you to carve out your own maker by playing to your specific capabilities. Find your niche and utilize as much as you can.

 

Have your own website

Having your own website is another seemingly obvious piece of advice but one that is surprisingly overlooked by a lot of people. You have to realize that your work is being hosted in a competitive market and one of the ways to stand out is by having a strong online presence, and that is what a well-made website can do for you.

 

The best business card at your disposal is a website that highlights your skill and talent as well as your personality.

 

Blog regularly

Being a successful web designer is all about promotion and few activities are more helpful to self-promotion than blogging. Many web designers got their start as by regularly blogging passionately about web design. Also, having a lot of blogs online that link back to your website boosts your profile which also leads to getting clients.

 

Get your portfolio up to scratch

There is no better representation of your skill and abilities than your portfolio, it’s also one of the most popular reasons web designers get hired, so having a decent portfolio is crucial. A very helpful thing to do is look at some top web designers portfolios, look at how they present themselves and use adapt that to your own aesthetic.

 

Pick clients carefully

Once you have put yourself out there, built a decent portfolio and started molding your brand via your website and social media you need to get some clients. The excitement of getting a business up and running often leads people to approach any and all clients. You need to avoid this and pick your clients carefully. Only accept contracts that you are capable of doing and do some research to make sure you are a right fit.

 

Nurture client relationships

Word of mouth is everything in business; if you worked for a client who didn’t know what they wanted and didn’t pay you on time you wouldn’t advise your web designer friends to contact them right? Well, the same works the other way around. Clients will not recommend you to other companies if you do not do a good job as well communicate in a professional manner. Nurturing relationships with clients directly affects your ability to gain more work so do your best to stay in your client’s good books.

 

If you want the best possible start to your web designing business follow the tips above and put them into practice as you learn and grow as a web designer.

 

Jessica Gust is a Marketing Assistant at Localpeek.co.uk– a new postcode finder. She is passionate about new marketing strategies, she is always eager to share her ideas through blogging.

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How to market your freelance business with a blog

You’re a freelancer, you have something to sell, but how do you market yourself? How do you get people to buy what you’re selling? The trick is to engage your potential clients, and one of the ways to do this is with a blog. Blogs present a unique opportunity to market yourself and your skills any way you’d like. You get to choose what to write about, establish yourself as an expert in your field, and address questions from your customers. There are several tricks to make the most of your blog.

 

Set a Publishing Schedule

Blogs are a great way to customize content and connect with clients, but that only works if your blog is kept up to date. With the sheer amount of content that is created online every day, only blogs with current content will keep readers’ attention. Decide how often you want to post and then follow the schedule you set for yourself. Consistency is important, so if you tell your followers you’ll post on a certain day, make sure to do so. Write your blog posts ahead of time and schedule a publishing time so your posts will be released automatically regardless of what you’re doing that day.

 

Know Your Audience

If you’re marketing your skills as a graphic designer, keep your blog post topics about graphic design and related fields. The same goes for whatever field you work in. Keep your posts relevant. If you want to write about your hobbies, family vacation, or other unrelated topics, start a personal blog that is separate from your business blog. If readers are looking for a specific topic only to stumble across pictures of your boat trip, they’ll seek out a different website. Keep your posts professional and on topic. Also, pay attention to what style of posts get the most views and comments. If your readers respond well to question and answer posts, then keep doing them. That being said, do vary your content so that your posts stay fresh and engaging.

 

Establish Your Expertise

Your blog is your chance to display your skills to potential clients. Demonstrate your abilities and your knowledge so clients can see why they should hire you. With blogs, you aren’t limited by character length or how many pictures you can post. If you establish your expertise using your blog, clients will see that it is worth their time to contact you and will be more likely to hire you for your services. Blogs can serve as a sort of online portfolio for potential clients to browse. If your expert field is graphic design and not writing, you can find someone on Gumtree who could help you with writing, proofreading or editing your posts. Make sure to have a link to your offer or contact form on your blog so interested parties can hire you if they like what they see.

 

Utilize Social Media

One of the best ways to use blogs is in conjunction with other social media platforms. Notify potential clients of new blog posts by writing out a Twitter or Facebook post explaining the topic of your blog post for that day or week. Social media is also a useful way to find out what readers would be interested in seeing on your blog. Use Facebook, Twitter, or other sites to simply ask what kind of content your readers are interested in, and then follow up on the most popular responses. This will allow you to engage your readers. Using social media accounts will help you stay connected with your readers and clients on the days in between blog posts.

Online marketing is a crucial part of marketing for any business, especially for freelancers, so make sure to utilize every tool available to you, especially blogs.

 

Emily Burgess is an avid blogger who enjoys writing about all aspects of improving a business, be it marketing, customer service or training. Emily is currently sharing some of her ideas at Course Guru – experts in the field of online education. Personally, she’s a great fan of foreign languages.

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How to Tailor Your Resume to a Job Description

Tailor Your Resume to a Job Description

Here’s a scenario for you:

Janet has been looking for a job. She reads a job offer that sounds nice and sends her updated resume straight away.

Nothing wrong with that right?

Wrong.

Janet is making a mistake that could be causing her to lose her shot at getting called for an interview.

What is she doing wrong?

She’s sending a generic resume. She’s sending the same resume in response to every job offer she finds.

One of the best things you can do for your resume is to tailor it to match each job offer.

I promise you. It’s not a waste of time.

When you consider how to make a resume better, remember that tailoring is the number one thing you can do to up your chances of getting called in for an interview.

 

1. Here Are the Basics on Tailoring Your Resume to a Job Offer

If you have an updated resume like Janet, that’s great. Use it as your “master resume.”

You won’t be starting from scratch that way.

If you don’t, a master resume is simply a resume with ALL of your work experience, skills, and information. As you begin to tailor your resume to a job offer, you will select elements from your master resume and put them on your new resume.

The first thing you are going to want to do is to go through the job offer with a highlighter and find all of the “keywords,” or all of the skills, traits, and experience that the hiring manager wants their new employee to possess.

You will need to scatter these skills throughout your resume. So, where exactly do you put them?

 

2. Here’s How to Tailor Your Resume Summary

One of the main reasons why it’s so important to tailor your resume to the job offer is because hiring managers often get 250+ resumes on average in response to each job post.

What does that mean?

It means that a hiring manager doesn’t have time to read each resume in-depth. She is going to spend an average of six seconds scanning each one for relevance. And she is going to scan it for keywords from the job description.

If you’ve taken the time to tailor your resume, you should get through the first round of scanning.

The best place to start tailoring your resume is right at the top. A resume summary is a brief introduction to yourself at the beginning of your resume.

For a person with work experience, a resume summary should follow this formula:

Strong Trait + Specific Position / Title + Years of Relevant Experience + Added Value

For example:

Handsome Lion Tamer with 6+ years of experience working in the circus industry. Seeking to leverage my ability to speak Lionese and my skills as an Alpha Male to tame the lions in your company. Have an MA in Lion Taming.

Take the trait directly from the job description. Our lion tamer’s job offer specifically stated that they were looking for a handsome lion tamer with at least five years of relevant experience.

The ability to speak Lionese and Alpha Male skills were also taken directly from the job offer.

Use a couple of skills from the job offer to describe what value you are going to bring to the job. Use numbers where possible. It will draw the eye of the recruiter to the information.

 

3. Here’s How to Tailor Your Experience as a Freelancer

Your experience section is where you will want to include the most references to the skills and experience found in the job offer.

As a freelancer, you might have accrued a lot of skills and experience outside of your regular jobs. It’s more than fine to list freelance work on your resume as you would regular work.

Also, to place more of an emphasis on skills in general, you can add skill-based subheadings to each job listed in your experience section.

Take one of the skills from the job description that represents an overarching responsibility you had, and use it as a headline introduction to the bullet point list of all your responsibilities at that job.

To draw attention to your keyword skills, try to illustrate your strength using them by including numbers and results or achievements.

For example:

Responsible for managing a team of people.

Becomes:

Managed a large team of 20+ sales professionals and brought sales up by 10% worldwide in the first year.

The fact that you’ve added numbers and tangible results has the added benefit of allowing the hiring manager to imagine that you could achieve the same results for her if she hired you.

 

4. Clean Up With Your Skills Section

Finally, you will want to make sure that your skills section matches the skills listed in the job offer.

Any skills that you have from the job offer need to go in your skills section, and they should probably go in word for word.

Once you’ve tailored your skills section to the job offer, flesh it out with other skills that you have that the employer would find valuable. Here’s how to know what skills to put on your resume.

 

Key Takeaway

Tailoring your resume to match the job offer is hands down one of the best things you can do to boost the success rate of your job hunt.

It doesn’t take much time and effort. So, instead of sitting at home wondering why a hiring manager hasn’t called you in for an interview like our Janet, work on tailoring a resume that will help you snag your dream job.

 

About the author: Natalie is a writer at Uptowork. She loves writing about resumes and eating tacos more than life itself. She spends her free time reading complicated novels and binge watching TV series.

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Top 5 free tools for creating infographics

5 free tools to create infographics

Infographics are on the rise; the brain processes information a lot faster when images are involved, which is why when a complex statistic is explained, it is often accompanied by some form of an infographic.

Infographics allow the reader to break down the information while enjoying a satisfying visual; it’s the perfect way to get a point across. Of course, something this useful isn’t easy to make, and it’s not cheap either.

However, some tools can be used to create infographics that are free to use and work just as well (and in many cases, better) than the tools that cost money; here are five of the best free tools for creating infographics.

1 Vizualize.me

vizualize.me to create interactive and attractive resume

Vizualize is the resume generator that allows you to create a compelling graphic while expressing your professionalism and accomplishments. Vizualize can make you stand out from the crowd with impressive visuals and sharp, simple and compelling content.

We all know resumes are incredibly boring, and employers often struggle to get through them when they have over 100 applicants to meet with, this is why Vizualize is such a necessary infographic tool and one that you should use if you want to get a head start in any industry.

2 InFoto Free

Infoto free app store tool to create infographics for free

InFoto won’t help you get your dream job, but if you use your phone regularly and enjoy taking photos this is the perfect infographic tool for you. InFoto allows you to take EXIF data attached to photos on your phone and builds great-looking infographics from it.

You do have to pay for it to get rid of the unwanted ads, but that will only cost you 99 cents, so you get a lot of quality for a minuscule price.

 3 Google Developers

Google Developers Infographics Creation with charts graph apis

Google Developers is incredibly powerful, easy to use and efficient, which is why it is one of the most popular (and free) infographic tools out there today. Google Developers is a great tool for creating easy to understand charts and graphs for your website or your personal use.

And with plenty of options for the look and feel of the charts, you can find something that matches your personality as well as clearly getting your point across with distinctive visuals.

4 Piktochart

Piktochart tool to create infographics

There are no two ways about it, data can be boring, and so having a tool like Piktochart to combat that is essential. Piktochart can turn your sleep-inducing data into captivating graphics with bold color schemes and an excellent choice of fonts.

You can also insert pre-loaded graphics which still allow you to give your infographic its own unique identity, making Piktochart one of the best infographic tools that you can use for free.

5 Visual.ly

Visual.ly tool to create infographics for free

Visual.ly is one of the most fun infographic tools that you can use; it allows you to create entertaining infographics and share them on social media, it’s also incredibly useful If you have a blog or a website.

Visual.ly is a much-needed tool because they have a team of over a thousand designers that you can get matched up with after you create a brief, who you can then collaborate with to realize your vision entirely. Not only is this free of charge, but you also get all of the credit!

 

Before reading this article, you might have thought the possibilities of using helpful infographic tools, for free, were quite slim. However, the possibilities are endless. There are so many things you can do in all aspects of your life whether it’s fixing up your resume, your website, or posting interesting things on social media, and you can do it for free.

 

 

About the author: David Grover is a Communications Manager at Timeo, a useful tool for businesses in the UK. He’s also a freelance career coach, who’s always eager to share his experience. In his free time he enjoys travelling.

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How to start freelancing while working full-time

full time job with freelance work

 

Whether it’s about making some extra money or launching your own business, you’ll need a smart way to combine working full-time and freelancing. This is especially important if you plan to build your own business – freelancing on the side, you’ll get your first clients and learn about the reality of self-employment.

This is where you’ll need to learn squeezing your full-time job responsibilities, freelance tasks, other parts of your life and also sleep into mere 24 hours. Working two jobs is possible only with killer time management skills. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg of you want to make it. Here are 11 essential tips to help you balance your full-time job with freelancing and make the most from it for your career.

 

1. Research the market

research market

Before making any drastic moves, make sure that you understand how your industry works. You need to know how much to charge for freelance projects and how to make a smart business plan for your freelancing activity.

Working a full-time job gives you the security of a regular paycheck, but you need to be smart when deciding how many projects you’ll take per month and how much time you’ll need for getting new clients and securing deals. Think strategically and adapt to your current situation. Having a general scheme of things in your head is always better than starting out without a clear project in your mind.

 

2. Keep your jobs apart

keep jobs mode seperate

There are many reasons for keeping your two jobs separate. They range from legal and ethical to simply practical – it’s in your interest to keep these jobs separate or you’re bound to experience productivity issues in either or both.

You might think that a slow afternoon at work is an excellent moment for catching up with your freelancing tasks, but that cannot become your long-term strategy. It’s risky and it will make you drained at work. Leave freelancing for after hours and relax instead.

 

3. Develop time management skills

time management

This is the most important part of dealing with two jobs at the same time. You need some killer time management skills for juggling these two jobs, especially if you’re taking on more and more freelancing work in time. Know when you’re most productive and be sure to relax after hours before sitting down to your freelance tasks.

If you’re working on big projects both at your full-time job and freelancing, don’t waste time for tasks you could easily delegate to other people for a much smaller price. Learn smart time management tricks and remember to do justice to your work, both in full-time or freelancing.

 

4. Choose the right moment for freelancing

profitable freelancing

Freelancing can be a gradual process. Start when you know your target clients are likely to spend money on your type of service. If you’re dealing with a major project right now, perhaps it’s not worth to take on a freelancing task which will only cause you to lose your focus (not to mention a potential endorsement form your employer).

 

5. Build a schedule and stick to it

planning and scheduling

Schedule is central to smart time management. You need to develop a plan which allows you enough time to start freelancing without feeling too much pressure. Start slow and build your business gradually.

Create a schedule to cover days, weeks and months and even an entire year. Divide your day into sections and stick to realizing all tasks planned for the day. Take regular breaks and use moments of high productivity to get some real work done in no time.

 

6. Don’t take on too much work

no overloading or stress

When your freelancing career starts to take off, you might find yourself tempted to take on as many tasks as possible. This is what will impact your performance in the long run. You only have so much energy and can’t sacrifice the quality of your work – which is bound to suffer once all the stress catches up with you. Be picky and select projects which you’re passionate about and which will make a great portfolio. Chuck out the rest – after all, it’s not like you don’t have a full-time job to support yourself, right?

 

7. Use your weekends to catch up on work

weekend work overcome

The reality of freelancing is that lots of it happens on weekends. Just consider it – weekends are full of free time, so why not use a chunk of them to catch up on some projects? You can still spend quality time with friends and family or relax. You don’t need to commute or face weekday distractions, so use your weekends well, plan your work and you’re bound to get a lot of things done.

 

8. Communicate with clients through emails

connect clients with emails

This is smart time management trick which will also help you look more professional and ensure that no client surprises you with a call in the middle of your workday. Use email, and you’ll not only have a written record of your communications, but also avoid losing time on unproductive talking.

 

9. Avoid distractions

avoid distractions at work

This is something all freelancers have to deal with. Sometimes it’s worth to just disconnect and get things done in peace, without constant notifications coming at your from everywhere. Disable the Wifi of your devices and keep your focus. Since you’re managing time on your own, you might benefit from special software or add-ons to prevent you from loosing time on social media or news websites.

Working on freelance projects, you’ll also have to deal with other type of distractions. These range from kids to pets, or TV blaring in the living room. Be sure to make one section in your schedule completely distraction-free. Other household members should know that you’re working and need the quiet.

 

10. Network

build social network around you

Networking is the single most effective strategy for landing exciting projects and collaborating with more clients. It’s worth to attend professional networking events like conferences or meetups to meet not only potential clients, but also to get to know other professionals who might connect you to other opportunities. They might be the ones to recommend your service to someone they know or help you on difficult tasks. This is also how you’ll be able to outsource some tasks when a project starts overwhelming you. It’s in your interest to become part of the community in your sector.

 

11. Build your brand

build your brand_ be unique

Freelancing helps to take an objective look at your professional profile and help you realize how many exciting things are happening outside of your full-time job. Be present on key social networks and participate in discussions – show your expertise, help solve problems and add value to the community. Consider running a blog, it’s great for showcasing your knowledge and building new connections with potential partners, clients and other professionals.

It’s possible to juggle two jobs at the same time if you dedicate your mind to it and create a smart schedule to follow. You’ll be able to push your career towards your objectives, gain extra money and develop a network of contacts which will be of great value if you ever decide to set up your own business.

 

About the author: Kate Bones is an entrepreneur with marketing experience, supporting the growth of CheckDirector.co.uk. Kate knows about the obstacles entrepreneurs have to face to ensure successful business growth and often shares her knowledge to help other professionals reach their goals more easily.

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Best 20 Ideas: Logo Design Inspiration for 2016

Logo Design Inspiration 2016

Inspiration is the soul to your everyday creativity and a logo designer should always seek to revive and freshen their minds and ideas to innovate and create logo designs. This year 2016 also brings up a stream of logo designs with it and get ready to supply your passion with the heaven of logos.

When it comes to graphic design, nothing is more challenging then designing a logo for a brand which actually not only involves the excellence in the skill to design a logo technically but the power to correlate things and eventually coming up with a design which explains the company.

To help you cope up with your everyday inspirational logos. Here are some of the best logo designs which you could analyze and get inspired to evolve.

 

1. A & B Pro Printing Logo Design Inspiration

A & R Pro Printing Design Logo inspiration and Ideas

A simple unveiling surprising logo design for a professional brand seeking a clean, simple and a creative logo. The colors are carefully used in this logo as it evolves from the gradient in the paint (variant), to the solid color on the brush.

 

2. Broccoli Creative Festival 2016

Broccoli Creative Festival 2016 Logo Design Inspiration

A simple yet dynamic piece of art defining the art, evolution and the tendency of the broccoli competition. The hand and the broccoli easily illustrates the purpose of the festival and the intention with which one should participate i.e to compete.

 

3. Carpe Logo Design

Carpe Logo Design Inspiration colro combination

A beautiful logo representing the depth to create 3d effect in the logo. This logo is really simple, nice, elegant and best suitable for creative industries.

 

4. Coffee Coin Logo Design Mark

CoffeeCoin Logo Design Mark Inspiring Design

A nice simple coin logo and a great depiction to explain the worth of a coffee bean which is the source of a coffee.

 

5. Creative Bottle Logic Logo Design Inspiration

Creative Bottle Logic Logo Design Inspiration 2016

 

6. Creative South Logo Design

Creative South Logo Design 2016

A great illustrated logo design for inspiration. The latest logo design trends involve the design of logos which uses the best way to utilize a negative space.

 

7. Dirt to Dish Logo Inspiration

Dirt to Dish Logo Inspiration 2016

An inspiring approach and a well use of a negative space between the fence.

 

8. Drops and Volutes Creative Logo

Drops and Volutes Creative Logo Design Inspiration 2016 idea

A creative a really breathtaking logo design which not only defines the product but explains its importance and purpose.

 

9. Geek Barber Haircut Logo Design

Geek Barber Haircut Stying Logo Design and Inspiration

A nice illustrated logo design using a nice curvy type explaining the casual nature of the business. I love how the letter b is combined with the hair and beard.

 

10. Inner Nourish Counseling Logo Design Inspiration 2016

Inner Nourish Counseling Logo Design Inspiration 2016

A creative, correlated and a nice memorable and attractive logo design.

 

11. Joexpr Logo Design Inspiration

Joexpr Logo Design Inspiration 2016

A type logo which involves the perfect use of type to create a uniformity and a memorable unique touch to this awesome logo.

 

12. Monoline Play Music Logo

Monoline Play Music Logo Design

A really intuitive and appealing logo design inspiration.

 

13. Monoline Super Shot Logo

Monoline SuperShot Logo Design Inspiration 2016

A modern illustrated logo design defining the tool and the purpose of the company. A well use of the letter S to create a 4 cornered camera symbol.

 

14. Monoline Wedding Logo

Monoline SuperShot Logo Design Inspiration 2016

A an exceptional lettering logo combining the symbol of love with the letter of love.

 

15. Pineapple Illustration Logo Design

Pineapple Illustration Logo Design 2016

An another logo design utilizing the picture to create a shape having a type to create unifomity between the nature of picture and  a type to explain it.

 

16. Prox Fox logo Design and trends

Prox Fox logo Design and trends

A perfect inspiring logo design cleverly utilizing the symbol with the type to innovate and generate a unique perspective.

 

17. Silverback fitness equipment Logo Design and Inspiration

Silverback fitness equipment Logo Design and Inspiration 2016

A emblem logo design inspiration for logo designers to understand and analyze the basic needs to create a powerful and a bold logo which explains the nature of the business and the commitment and mood of the company.

 

18. Tango Logo Design Inspiration

Tango Logo Design Inspiration 2016 trends

One of the most inspiring logo design inspiration in 2016 is the tango logos which first of all depicts the simplicity of the logo. This logo expertly utilizes the simple shapes and symbols to create a compelling logo.

 

19. Viatech transportation engineering firm services logo design

Viatech transportation engineering firm services logo design 2016

I’m impressed with the usage of the symbol with the type to create a creative logo design.

 

20. Wholesome grocery store logo design

Wholesome grocery store logo design inspiration for 2016

A beautiful, elegant and a great use of symbol with the type to create a memorable attachment and uniqueness with it.

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Top 15 Best Freelance Websites to Find Freelance Design Jobs in 2016

Freelance Jobs for Designers and Developers

What could be more awesome than acquiring a freelance web design or graphic design job and work from home?

Who wants to suffer in 9 to 12 jobs when you could do the same and earn more right from your home? There are hundreds of freelance outsource websites that receives thousands of web/graphic design jobs per day looking for freelancers to deliver them right from their comfort zone.

I believe that the following 15 freelance jobs are the best and the top rated freelance design platform s to hire or apply as a freelance designer or developer.

~ Fast Company reported:

As of May 2015, 15.5 million people in the U.S. were self-employed.

This explains that how much the inclination is towards the freelance design job platforms to bid for a job or hire a freelancer. Lets see if the following freelance design sites would work for you in this Year 2016.

1. Toptal

Toptal Freelance Website

In at No.1 comes the authority of freelance web design and graphic design work and the most trustful freelance website. Toptal is ranked at the top because they are doing what the conventional freelance outsource companies should have focused in the past i.e providing 100% quality services.

Toptal is awesome because it prefers exceptional freelancers who stands out and have a competitive edge over other freelancers.

Toptal receives thousands of applications in a month and only 3% of the quality freelance web designers and graphic designers are hired by Toptal. This creates a high profile environment both for the freelancers and clients to make a deal for multiple large scale projects.

 

2. Upwork

Upwork Freelance Design and Development Website

One of the most reliable and the popular freelance outsource platform after Toptal is Upwork. Companies like OpenTable, Pinterest, Panasonic and Unilever hires the most potential and competitive freelancers via Upwork.

Well, from last few months, Upwork has introduced a new feature in which it introduces potential clients to hire the top freelancers in the web design, web development and other categories and subjects. This is the best way to look out for the quality web designer or developer which actually cuts the time and money to search the best out of the large database of quality freelancers at Upwork.

According to Upwork, 4M+ clients has registered to provide freelance jobs to about 10M+ registered freelancers. This would be the greatest opportunity a freelance web designer or graphic designer could avail here at Upwork.

The freelance designer jobs at Upwork are distributed into 2 categories i.e the fixed price which is protected by escrow payments and the hourly jobs which is secured by a desktop tracking software which tracks down the hours and take snaps of the screenshot of the current window in which a freelancer is working. This helps the client to track the freelancer commitment and behavior for the current job.

Upworks stats

 

3. Freelancer

Freelancer Jobs for design and development

The most popular freelance design job site among freelance graphic designers and developers is Freelancer.com which brags for having the largest Marketplace and outsourcing freelance design jobs in a single platform.

Freelancer.com has a great deal of categories of freelance jobs including freelance web designer / graphic designer work which makes it easier for the freelancer to apply for the job in their respective skill category.

One thing which makes Freelancer.com stand out from the competitors is its variety of vast categories of freelance design jobs which grabs a vast audience from every possible field to work as a freelance. No matter, what are you skilled at, there would be freelance work for you.

Freelancer also offers competitions related to web design and development work which is normally bid from $100 for a simple logo to $1000+ for a graphic design work. Same applies for a normal site and large-scale web/app development respectively.

Freelancer also comprises of a feature to search for local clients. This feature is introduced for the people who are seeking freelance work from their brotherhood within boundaries as it helps in communication, understanding and the delivery of the exact result a client wants from a freelancer.

 

4. Elance

Note: Elance is now an Upwork company

 

5. Stack Overflow Freelance Jobs

Stackoverflow careers for design jobs

Who hasn’t heard about the Stack Overflow yet? Well, if you haven’t heard, then I will let you know that Stack Overflow is a Q/A based forum where designers and developers interact with each other, asking questions and answering/debating answers.

If you’re an experienced freelancer and has skills to work for large scale companies then Stack Overflow should be the right choice to apply for a freelance web developer job remotely. Stack Overflow has a great deal of freelance jobs offered by some great companies.

Stack Overflow has a systematic approach to apply for a freelance job i.e it offers a feature to create a CV which is then processed by the Stack Overflow team which considers the CV and matches you with the client related to your skills.

Stack Overflow comprises of world’s largest companies estimating about 1000+ like Microsoft, Zapier,  and InvisionApp, who are ready to hire freelance graphic designers and web developers for their work.

 

6. 99Designs

99 Designs freelance Work

99Designs is an another freelance website which outsource graphic design and development jobs to the freelancers.

99Designs is unique among its competitors because it only outsource competitions i.e it help clients to post job and as freelancers starts posting their designs, clients got an opportunity to select the best among different designs and iterations.

For freelancers, it may look challenging but the pay is somewhat starts from $500 to $1000+ for a single logo. There are other competitions including competitions for best branding design, website design, solo graphic designs etc.

 

7. Dribbble Jobs

dribbble

Recently, I read the journey of Sebastian Gabriel in which he described that how did he join Google via Dribbble. By reading it, you would surely leave everything and would built up a portfolio instantly to attract companies like Google. [Let me know of your thoughts about the Sebastian’s story..]

Anyways, Dribbble is a portfolio site which is considered to be the best freelance graphic design job seeking platform where clients search and filters out the potential candidate to work for them. The key to land a job at Dribbble is your portfolio. The more your portfolio shines, the more you attract expert designers and companies to hire you.

Dribbble has numerous features including selling your own design goods making it possible to make money directly from your comfort zone. You can also avail offers distributed by different brands from the Dribbble platform which are specially curated by Dribbble team for the designers.

If you are not alone in you business, then collaborate by making a team at Dribbble and get freelance design jobs from large scale companies for multiple work including prototyping, wire-framing, UI designing, illustration and brand marketing design.

 

8. Behance

Behance

Just like Dribbble, Behance is an another portfolio site which is much popular among web/graphic designers and developers hence attracts fortune 500 and other medium sized and small sized businesses to outsource freelance design and development jobs.

Behance by Adobe is by far the greatest competitor of Dribbble and is actually more inclined towards portfolio making i.e why Behance provides great features to setup an attractive portfolio to attract clients.

I was personally contacted by a local design company to work for them for a handsome monthly pay. So, the point is, there is nothing to loose when you just upload the pictures of your latest design and wait for the right client to offer you big.

Behance also have a job portal where clients can reach out for their full-time or seek freelance web design job. So there is ample amount of job opportunities at Behance which not only offers you design jobs to apply but helps you creating a portfolio which can then be shared while applying for a job on another platform or show off on social media to show off your skills and expertise.

 

9. Linkedin Design/Dev Jobs

Linkedin design jobs

The most under rated freelance design platform is the Linkedin jobs . Linkedin jobs provides numerous filters to search for a particular freelance job. You can filter the job results by experience level, industry, company name, job function and much more.

Linkedin is the most popular platform to interact with companies varying from Fortune-500 companies to a small retail store. A professional alternative to Facebook and a platform to learn and implement by understanding and interacting with different companies in your niche.

Linkedin is a great way to search a client or a freelancer and understand their prospects, experience and learning them before hiring or applying for the job respectively.

If you’re looking for a dream freelance job in a company then Linkedin is the best place to filter out your searches to find the company that suits you well. Linkedin helps you to understand the company’s motives, male to female ratio, working environment, no. of employees, terms and conditions and anything which helps in understanding a company.

This isn’t enough. My personal experience shows that freelance jobs are not restricted to the job portal only, but if you have a well maintained Linkedin profile, this would also attract potential clients and companies to directly contact to you.

 

10. Design Crowd

Designcrowd for freelance design jobs

DesignCrowd is the most popular freelance competition site after Freelancer.com. It categorizes the freelance jobs into 4 categories i.e print design, web design, corporate identity and graphic design.

DesignCrowd which receives estimated 1M+ views has a large database of about half a million exceptional freelance web/graphic designers to work on various day to day projects posted by numerous small startups and large scale companies.

The competition starts from $150 and usually priced upto $1000 but the platform demands exceptional designers to compete with the giants. Obviously every tree used to be a seed in the beginning. There are other competitions too that offer a little and has a less competition too.

DesignCrowd also provides an opportunity for clients to deal with the freelancers directly via messaging feature.

 

11. Guru

Guru.com for freelance web design and developing jobs

Just like Upwork, Guru has a large database of about 1.5M freelancers ready to serve for services including web design and graphic design services.

The interface at Guru is simple and elegant. Just a unique experience working in a simple and quiet environment without popups or any other hassle.

One thing that makes Guru different from other platform is that Guru provides an opportunity to the freelancers that they could create their own services and collections so that the clients could quickly reach out to your services and give a quote by the help of Guru match making algorithms.

Guru is the one stop for freelancers and clients to collaborate with multiple tools available. From meeting, collaborating, file sharing and reviewing, everything is really exceptionally quick making it one of the top freelancing jobs outsourcing on the planet.

 

12. Krop

Krop Design Jobs

If you’re kind of a big deal, then I would recommend Krop without any hesitation.

Krop is a platform which attracts industry giants including Facebook, Adobe, Forbes, NBC, Nike and other Fortune 500 companies. Well, it doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for a remote job or ready to book your flights, Krop helps you to find the best freelance design job for you.

One of the best feature that makes Krop stands out from the crowd is its feature of displaying artwork of portfolios submitted by the rockstar freelance designers at the very platform. Yes, it just need an account of a freelancer and you would have an opportunity to represent yourself as an individual or a brand ready to hire your dream designer/developer.

For clients, Krop makes it easy to search for particular freelancers that really suits the client’s demands. For just a few dollars, Krop help clients to post jobs and help search the database of Krop worth of millions of freelancers ready to serve.

 

13. Envato Studio

Envato Studio for freelance design jobs

Almost all of us has heard about Themeforest and other Envato products but very few of us would’ve heard of Envato Studio.

Envato studio helps its freelancers at Themeforest, Photodune and other Envato products to directly sell their services explaining about the service which they would be offering, revisions and iterations they would offer with the service and then label the service with a static amount.

Envato studio features great freelancers and their services to potential clients which actually eradicates the freelancer’s classical approach of applying for jobs and let clients to choose from the best services for which they’re looking for.

Service ranges from Logo design, Web programming, Web/Desktop development and much more. Be sure that in order to cast yourself in the Envato Studio, you should have an account at any of the Envato’s market sites.

 

14. People Per Hour

People Per Hour for Freelance Design Jobs

I pulled out Fiverr from the list and enlisted People per hour as an alternative to it. The reason behind is that People per hour is more dedicated towards quality work rather than the Fiverr which attracts scammers and low quality more than than the passionate freelance graphic designers/ web developers.

People Per Hour is one of the oldest yet an under-rated site for freelancers looking for jobs for freelance graphic designing and web development. The thing which makes People Per Hour unique from other freelance outsource platforms is that it allows freelancers to create their own services and let clients/buyers to buy them in a fix rate.

The prices of each services ranges from $8 to $1000 and more. The freelance work at People Per Hour does only depend upon your thinking, ideas and creativity. The more you attract people from your creative ideas, the more you could succeed at People Per Hour.

People Per Hour has a seamless working system and unlike Fiverr, People Per Hour does play an important role in bringing the clients to a transparent way of working. They allow buyers to reach sellers privately via messaging, allow buyers to post jobs and hire the top proposal list curated by People Per Hour itself.

Uninterrupted messaging system and exceptional work stream to track jobs, messages, tasks and other features are really making a difference among the freelance outsourcing platforms.

 

15. Indeed Freelance Jobs

indeed jobs

One of the most popular job search engine to find design related jobs is indeed the Indeed.com.

Indeed.com is a search engine that unite job posts from about 1000 of websites and curating them into a single platform. It also allows individual clients and companies to post job at Indeed.com.

The Indeed.com platform offers various features including extensive regional and priority based search filters for clients to search resumes posted by freelancers at the very platform and opportunity for freelancers to search a specific job from a specific company for  a specific pay.

Indeed.com is also accompanied with great features including showcasing the growing trends of jobs, salary trends for specific job keywords and much more.

 

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10 Reasons Why you Should Switch to Google Material Design

10 reasons for swirching to google material design

Trends come and vanish as if they were never existed but few of them manage to remain firm in their place for decades because of its closeness to realism, among which Material design is the closest trend to realism ever emerged.

“Life of a trend is a dependent quantity and it is directly proportional to it’s closeness to realism”

One of the biggest trends of design including flat design, 3d design, gradients still exist but they are somewhat unrelated to each other or are never considered as a single entity to design.

Here Material design brings up a concept of bringing every trend into 1 entity which behaves exactly like in a real world. The material in a device now behaves as if it got a life. This is possible by using real life behavior of a material. Google chose a quantum paper for an example to implement mechanics of a behavior of a surface.

Google thought to unite its products under a single design framework which will define their uniqueness from other brands. This will generate a new feel which would be specific to Google only but thanks to the designers and the authority at Google, the design mechanism is now outsourced openly.

Lets see why Material design is of such importance and why should you as an individual or as a company should adapt it for your brand.

 

1. Rapid Design Framework

Rapid Design Framework

Google Material design comes out to be the most time effective and rapid prototyping tool to design a brand. The simple yet conclusive pre-defined CSS and animation styles helps in choosing out of the best for your design.

Well, still there are certain rules which a web designer or an app designer must follow to create a material design as documented by Google and Android in its docs but due to rapid inheritance of styles among elements makes the designing more easy, effective and approachable.

 

2. A Step to Realism

A Step to Realism 1

In past, there were some frameworks including flat design which still exists and no doubt still the choice of Microsoft products, but the Google’s new approach in material design is not because of its attractive color choices, shadows and intuitive animations but a step to bring realism in the design of a website/app.

That said, and as contrast to flat design, material design taught us the visual language that could be learned by any designer and then can be implemented by following a set of CSS rules to bring uniformity and realistic approach among websites.

 

3. A Long Lasting Standard

A Long Lasting Standard

According to Matias Duarte (VP Design at Google),

“The principles behind them I think should be timeless”

i.e they would last forever. The claim is a bit early but surely, the future revolutionary theories and concepts would base on those Google material design app/web principles laid down by designers at Google.

The concepts including the usage of material colors and themes, placement of materials, action of material icons and buttons and other clickable items and the behavior of overall site is nearly based on the universal laws of physics which brings the interface into life.

 

4. Feeling of the Brand

Feeling of the Brand

There was never been a straight set of rules been implemented by designers to design a brand except the perception of using colors from the logo to bring a uniformity in a brand reputation.

Google’s new approach solves this problem by setting up guidelines to innovate brands for the clients in the form of an android/ios app or web applications. Now, every brand can have its own feel of web/app of their choice. Let the designers use the frameworks and create a feel based upon the conclusions of the clients. This can be achieved by manipulating CSS actions and interfaces to create a certain brand action and feel specific to that brand only.

 

5. Light Weighted Framework

Light Weighted Framework

One thing, which really moved the designers to choose this framework as their skill asset is because material design uses less resources and brings up more than it actually needs.

The need and to the point styles create a light weighted page ultimately reduces the page load time and decreases bounce rate. Google Material design’s code is also clean, simple and an inherited one i.e it’s easy to create more with less code.

 

6. Easy Implementation

Easy Implementation

When it comes to implement material design CSS and html syntax, it’s easy for even a newbies to understand the doc, practice it and come up with new ideas and definition for its own use.

The doc of Material design simplifies the concepts of material design by showing some great animated examples to understand the principles and physics behind the behavior of the material on interface.

There are tons of examples out there which could help you understand the code behind each element. I would recommend visiting Google’s product sites including Google Wallet, Google Contributor, Google for Work, Rework with Google, Google Developers and Google’s Product Forums.

 

7. The First Ever Complete Design Bible

Google Design Bible

No doubt, the material design is the first ever deep documented design bible that illuminates and points on every aspect as possible. From layouts to animation, everything is been defined and regulated with awesome animated examples.

Whether it be your smallest button or your huge content layout, everything is prescribed in Google and Android docs for material design.

The defined CSS rules and regulations aren’t restricting any designers to follow the primitive guidelines but to ensure that anything which is been customized must be regulated and informed to other aspects in your designs to create uniformity in your design.

 

8. Increased Usability

Increased Usability

Unlike Bootstrap, Google Material design also laid down usability principles to ensure a better performance for all types of people. Whether it be the disabled persons or RTL language users, everyone is been into consideration in the material design like using the visual language of material icons helps in representing actions without words is widely used in the Google Material Design.

The interface is quite robust and clean which brings a perfect usable experience for the newbies, disabled and other target customers by making the icons and actions so simple that even the newbies could understand it in the first attempt and would love it for sure.

 

9. A Gateway for Increased Engagement

A Gateway for Increased Engagement

2015 was the year of Material design. Many of the sites that implemented material design got a great response from increased user engagement.

One thing that resulted in an increased user engagement is the immediate and realistic reflex of every action. A click of a button, hovering on a label, or a time delayed response everything is really proving better than a stuffed designed site or app.

 

10. Google Material Design is Responsive

Google Material Design is Responsive

Luckily, everything is packed with the material design including the responsive design framework system. Google Material design implements grid system in its responsive layout approach. The Google Doc on Material design explains everything about how to create a responsive experience in websites and apps.

Material design not only fulfills the responsive design needs, but also defines the behavior and pattern of the components on each screen. I love the way Google addresses each and every aspect of responsive design UI in detail.

 

I would really recommend Google Material design to be implemented in your future projects as it does have everything from resources to how-to guides with animated examples and references. Remember, to keep it simple and effective for customers. Just don’t overdo with the components and animations. Best of Luck!

 

 

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