If you’re a web designed looking to go freelance you’ve probably tallied up how much everything’s going to cost. Don’t forget that a lot of work items can be written off when you pay your taxes, however, as this can mean big savings in the long run. Here are a few of the things you can write off if you use them for your graphic design business only
Internet – Whether you’ve got a standard cable connection or clear 4g, internet is essential for any graphic design business. You can write off your monthly plan as well as equipment.
Laptop – As necessary as the internet is your laptop so if you need a new one, now’s the time to consider offsetting the costs.
Travel – If you’re travelling for business, either down the street or across the country, you can write off expenses like airfare and even taxi rides.
Home office – There are strict laws about what counts and what doesn’t but if you have a designated home office you can write off the square footage and utilities of that area.
If you are a web designer working as an independent contractor, you should attend national web design expos to network with people in the industry. This can help you get referrals and new customers. Research trade shows in your area by searching online. You can easily find the schedules by looking up your local convention center’s website. If you need help setting up your booth for a trade show, there are companies that can handle Read the rest of this entry »
If you are Web designer who would like to improve your connections and meet more people so that you can get better jobs, you shouldn’t deny the fact that you can expand your reach by using Facebook. Although you probably already have a Facebook page, you are really missing out if you aren’t following these few tips.
First of all, make sure that your profile is completely filled out and that you have highlighted your strengths. For instance, you should make sure that you include any education that you may have, any good gigs that you have done and Read the rest of this entry »
There are two important things to pay attention to when building a website. Whether the website is for business, or if it is a hobby, you want to make it “sticky.” When somebody comes to your site, you want them to be impressed by it, and you want them to come back.
The first thing is, populate your website with enough content so that it adds value to your visitors’ life. For this you need to be crystal-clear on what your website is about, and who you want to attract to it. Then you build your site accordingly, always keeping Read the rest of this entry »
Whenever one is getting the key facts of using a computer and Internet, there will be a lot of questions that need to be answered and understood along the way. Such as: what is the difference between visiting a website and designing your own? This is fairly simple to understand. When you click on a link, you enter a domain address which has been assigned to a particular interest. Most often the page is unique in the text it entails as well as the formatting. When you enter and explore Read the rest of this entry »
Below are 10 skills that a fantastic, professional web designer will possess:
1) An Eye for Balance and Detail: A good web designer will know how to balance content, colors, and position all elements of the website perfectly to paint a perfect picture of balance.
2) Cross Browser Consistency: Often, website content will display differently, or incorrectly, in browsers other than the designer’s. A good designer will be sure that a site displays perfectly, no matter the browser type.
3) CSS Knowledge: CSS is an Read the rest of this entry »
People are most likely to try to find a job when those jobs are very slim. This means that when times get tough, more people start looking for work. This always makes the situation even worse. However, there are some types of jobs that just always seem to be in demand. One of those types of jobs are for anyone who can do some web designing.
It is important to remember how vital the internet Read the rest of this entry »
Many times people create a website only to be disappointed because they are not receiving the traffic that they expected or hoped for. Their biggest mistakes are either they do not know how to network or the design of the website is not attractive enough. In order to bring traffic to a website it needs to look interesting. Would you explore a site that did not catch your eye? The answer is no, you wouldn’t. When designing a website think about the things that attract you to a website, and then think of new ways to apply it to Read the rest of this entry »
It is achievable to use web designing skills to create business. Web designers may feel that their skills only limit them to creating websites for their personal reasons but there are different ways that a website designer can utilize his or her skill to create business. A web designer can “flip websites”, meaning they can create websites and sell it to other people or companies. They can also create a website, bring traffic to the website and then sell the domain to a company for a higher price since the website already has some traffic. An upside to Read the rest of this entry »
Many Website designers are excellent with the code to create a functional site, but lack the ability to add the layer of creativity to make that website shine. As such, they will oftentimes seek out a graphic web designer to help create the finished product. With some artistic talent and knowledge of an editing program, you can partner with a coder to make beautiful and functional sites for high-paying clients.If you’ve already mastered the art of creating web graphics, find a way to showcase your work. An excellent way to do this is to start a blog with an image gallery. Simply find a good blog platform, http://djdesignerlab.com/2011/01/26/20-awesome-web-blog-design-for-inspiration/ and go from there. When you’ve done that it’s simple to just point a potential partner/client to that site. In your gallery you should have available some images of basic website images, such as header graphics and post icons. Put a personal touch on everything you do and go above what is normally expected. Your potential partner/client will see that they won’t have to give you step-by-step instructions on what they need, making your talents even that much more appealing. Unfortunately, until you’ve made a name for yourself it could be difficult getting your foot into the virtual door.You may have to begin by taking assignments that don’t pay as well as you’d like. However, you’ll be able to add those assignments to your portfolio and then increase your own value. If you prove that you’re able to do projects on time, on budget and with superior skill, you’ll soon be a sought after commodity. Starting out can be a slow process, but with some talent, patience and personal marketing, you can become a highly paid web graphic designer.