It’s often said that the world is getting smaller. Of course, it’s not physically getting smaller, but rather, that statement alludes to the fact that the distances that used to separate people are more manageable today because of the improvements in communication and travel.
This could not be truer on the Internet where communication is instantaneous. A letter that would have taken days to arrive could be read and replied to within minutes via email. Documents that would otherwise take days to arrive, now only take a few milliseconds.
Thousands of service buyers complain of poor quality work from freelancers and design agencies every year; often to the point that reputations are ruined and the design industry as a whole suffers. From disappearing service providers to fly-by-night scam artists, the online world is packed with opportunities for things to go wrong, and it’s really not surprising that so many online and offline entrepreneurs have a bad impression of freelancers and one-off designers.
Of course, there’s another side to that coin.
This article is geared towards anyone looking to implode under the crushing weight of unsustainable business practices, unreasonable client expectations, long hours for little pay, and a general sense of bewilderment as you ponder what went wrong. While that may not be you today, you may identify with one or more of these afflictions. Are you already recalling your worst client and the headaches they have caused? Here are some of the ways that you can hurt yourself as a web professional.
The last two years have been a rollercoaster ride for digital employees. From massive corporate layoffs to newfound digital freedom – designers, online artists, and developers have had to create new ways to bring in clients, manage their time, and increase their income.
Like most people around this time of year, I’ve been silently proclaiming that 2010 will be my year. I’ve been thinking about new goals, and I even thought about reading The Secret and creating my own vision board to help me achieve those goals.
Then I thought there must be a less humiliating way to ring in the new year.
So, instead of a vision board, I decided to simply write a good old fashioned list of New Year’s resolutions.
There’s a misconception that creativity is always on: that either you have it or you don’t, or that if you produce great work once, you’ll always be able to produce great work.
Now if only that were true, right?
Starting your own company is wonderful, scary, and exciting! I’ve recently gone through the process and started up my own freelance company, Snoack Studios, and I’d like to share my personal insight on how to get your own company off the ground, using my own story as an example.