As the school semesters begins to wind down and draw to a close, you might be thinking that freedom is in sight—you may even see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, as I touched on in a recent post, the education of a web developer never stops. Summer is a great time to stretch your design and coding knowledge on your own time and without the threat of grades.
Freelancing is great. You’re the boss. You get the make the decisions. You don’t have to share the profits. Who wouldn’t want to freelance? Especially in industries like ours, freelancing is a particularly attractive option because you need little more than your web design and development skills to have a business.
But not all that glitters is gold. With all that freedom comes a certain level of instability. According to a study conducted by Edelman Berland, major barriers to freelancing include finding work and subsequent income insecurity. In spite of those barriers, however, 34% of our national workforce is made up of freelancers. So, if you’re seriously considering trying your hand at self-employment, how exactly do you find clients and make money?
The ability to write well-formed, semantic code is a good start to any website, but having a fancy code structure doesn’t inherently make a website good.
More and more companies have been making the switch to offer employees the flexibility to work away from the office. As a freelancer, you have the ultimate level of independence. The world is your office. Working remotely, though, comes with its own set of pros and cons. In this post I’ll explain how to have successful client interactions and team collaboration when working remotely.
Twitter’s ongoing fight against online abuse was turned up a notch recently when they introduced a new set of features giving users more options to report harassment on the social media site. These updates, though, have incited a few harsh words from critics. Some are even saying twitter “trashed the user experience.”
Calling all user experience designers! Take a look at this great opportunity to get a jump on your career by learning how UX works in an corporate environment.