To start freelancing while you already have a full-time job, you’ll have to consider the following steps:
1. Define your business goals.
2. Find a perspective niche (and stick to it)
3. Identify target clients.
4. Set your freelance rates.
5. Create a website (and portfolio)
6. Find your first client.
7. Expand your network.
8. Balance your full-time job with your part-time freelancing side gigs.
Before you start freelancing, you’ll have to be honest with yourself, and answer an important question:
* Is freelancing just a side gig? Or do you plan to expand it to a full-time business?
The answer to this question will determine your next steps, considering that you’ll either aim to balance your full-time and freelance work, OR aim to work your way out of your current job to pursue a full-time freelance career.
The answer to this question is your long-term goal. To pursue it, you’ll have to set a number of short-term goals and answer questions such as:
* What niche will you specialize in?
* What services will you offer?
* What amount do you want to be earning on a monthly basis to decide to quit your full-time job (if applicable)?
No matter whether you’re a graphic designer, copywriter, developer, or anything in between by vocation, it’d be best if you were to specialize in a particular area of work:
For example, If you’re a content writer, don’t aim to write about any topic under the sun, from Top 3 Ways to Prepare Your Garden for Spring to Taxation Laws in all 50 US States Explained.
Sure, you may start by writing various topics, to find your ideal niche, but eventually, you should pick one, and stick to it.
But, Cryptocurrency or Technology content writer always sound much better in your CV than General content writer. Moreover, they inspire more confidence in you on the part of the clients who’ll always be looking for specific, and not general content.
The same is true if you’re a graphic designer:
* consider your level of experience
* your current pool of connections
* your natural inclinations to a particular design niche
Then, make your pick — focus on delivering interface design for apps, creating new custom logos, devising layouts for books, or any other specific design work.
Just like you shouldn’t aim to cover every niche in your industry, you shouldn’t aim to cater to the needs of the entire industry’s market.
Small businesses, teams, remote workers, or even other freelancers may all require the same type of service you’re looking to offer. But, you’ll need to target one or two types of clients especially.
Say you want to start a blog about everything related to working remotely. There are freelancers, teams, but also entire businesses working remotely, and they can serve as your starting point.
* Think about the age of your desired readers. Perhaps you’re a Millennial, so you can write a blog about working remotely for Millennials?
* Think about the location. Perhaps you want to cover predominantly the US market?
* Think about the education level. Perhaps you want to cover newly independent remote workers, who’re just starting out their careers?
* Think about income. Perhaps you’re looking to write for people with a limited budget, but who want to try digital nomadism?
* Think about gender. Perhaps you want to predominantly target women freelancers?
These are only some questions you should ask yourself, but they reveal a lot. For example, that you can write for fresh-out-of-college female Millennials from the US looking to start and cultivate a remote career while traveling abroad with a limited budget.
Setting your freelance rates always seems like a challenging point, but it’s a lot more straightforward when you list the necessary parameters that help determine your ideal (and realistic) pricing:
* Experience (if any)
* Education level
* Supply and demand for your services
* The prices in your industry
* The average freelance hourly rates in your niche
* Your location
Once you have all this data, you’ll need to calculate your hourly rate based on it — higher education, experience, and demand for your niche will mean you can set higher prices. If you’re based in the US, you’ll likely be able to command higher rates than if you’re based in the Philippines. Of course, your living standards and expenses will be higher, so you’ll also need to command higher rates.
Once you’ve defined your business goals, found a niche, identified your target clients, and set your prices, you’ll want to create an online presence. And, the best way to do so is by creating your own website with a portfolio showcasing your previous work, skills, and expertise. There are plenty of amazing tutorials on YouTube.
Creating a website for free through a website builder like Wix is fine, but you’ll be better off if you were to buy a domain name from a hosting website. You’ll get a unique name for your online presence and a customized email address, so you’ll look much more credible and overall more professional to potential clients.
Regardless of what your industry is, it may be best if you were to choose your own name for the domain, especially when you’re mostly looking to showcase your portfolio. You’ll stand out better, and it’ll later be easier to switch to a different industry (or niche) if you find that you want to.
Once you’ve selected a host and domain name, you can install WordPress to your website, and choose the website’s theme. Then, you can add a landing page describing your services, and prices, maybe even a separate page for a blog where you’ll write about industry-related topics.
Your first client may contact you because of your personal website portfolio, but you should also actively pursue your first gig bearing in mind what employers look for. There are several ways you can do this:
* Get involved in your industry’s community
* Learn how to pitch through email
* Look through freelance job platforms/websites
Once you’ve landed your first client, you’ll need to work on finding recurring clients. Perhaps your first client will become a recurring one. And, perhaps the referral you’ve been given by said first client will inspire others to contact you and provide a steady stream of work.
In any case, it’s best that you expand your network — and here’s where the famous Pareto principle comes in handy. According to it, cultivating a good relationship with 20% of your clients will help you find 80% of new work through their referrals. Moreover, each new 20 referrals increase your chances of getting new projects by 80%.
To expand your network, you can:
* partake in industry webinars
* attend events
* join Facebook groups, pages and communities
* streamline your LinkedIn network
* send out invites to professionals in your field (or a field that often requires your services)
Apart from your core, industry-related freelance skills (i.e., your hard skills), you’ll need to work on some additional skills — your soft skills.
Soft skills are more personality-related: communicativeness and critical thinking are probably the most important traits to pursue, but, you’ll also need to be persistent, good at handling stress, an efficient scheduler, and skilled in time management.
The more you can skill up yourself, the more expensive you will become. Remember knowledge is priceless.
You’ll also need to be confident, to persuade your potential clients that you possess the skills and experience they’re looking for.
Entering the freelancing business may sound overwhelming and complicated, but it’s actually pretty straightforward, once you follow the right steps.
Take time and do what you find passionate about.
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As today’s business processes constantly grow in scope and complexity, companies of any scale have to utilize modern technologies to achieve their goals without delays and remain competitive. Some companies prefer to purchase ready-madesoftware that helps to manage and coordinate their projects. However, such an approach has some drawbacks. Capterra’s latest report on project management provides a range of negative factors related to using PM software such as missing features, not being fit for workflow or not user-friendly.
To my mind, it is necessary to find the right equilibrium. Using DHTMLX Gantt, for instance, I can create basic Gantt charts as well as more complex ones complemented with advanced features such as resource management, critical path, auto-scheduling, etc. without any significant difficulties.
Performance and customization options
Apart from a feature set, it was vital for me to clarify two more library characteristics that may seriously impact my application’s usability. Firstly, I had to make sure that the Gantt library I wanted to purchase allowed managing large projects including thousands of tasks, and not cause performance degradation. Any web application may require radical changes with time, so it was also important that the core component of my project could be customized in accordance with evolving requirements. I would recommend not to disregard these two important aspects.
With the advent of mobile technologies, it has become common for millions of people to use smartphones or tablets for both work and private purposes. The survey of Statista says that last year the majority (90%) of internet users utilized mobile devices to go online.
Business people need to be able to efficiently manage projects from any location using mobile devices. So if you want to make your application more convenient for potential end-users, make sure that its main components come with touch support.
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Email Subscribe Form is an important part of almost every website.
The main goal of this css mastery tutorial, to achieve a form layout with a button over it.
So it’s important to know how to create a good-looking Email Subscribe Form.
In this video css tutorial, you will learn to create an Email Subscribe Form in CSS, using simple techniques, and will see how you can easily create a button over form layout with a simple CSS approach.
00:00 - Boiler Plate
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Let’s be honest right from the start. No matter how many books about programming you read, videos you watch, or podcasts you listen to, if you want to become a better developer, you have to practice continuously.
This format is good if you already have some experience and are just looking for some input.
To give you a headstart, I have rated those tutorial projects for you. But that’s only my opinion, so I highly recommend that you try them out for yourself because you know how to learn best and on what level you currently are.
The reason I chose to rebuild it was actually because it was getting hard to maintain all its components as it grew since it was just HTML. As it was easier to make these components reusable, I decided to recreate it with React, and also give it a different, new look as well.
As great as the first design was, I wanted to try something more flat, simple, and easier to navigate.
A much simpler website that conveys the message behind “Simple buttons”.
Although the design changed tremendously, this is not what I will be comparing here. What I will be comparing is my experience working with both Bootstrap and Tailwind CSS and which is better.
Although the purpose of Tailwind CSS and Bootstrap might be similar, however, they’re different. Tailwind CSS is more focused on providing easy-to-use utility classes to save you time. As their documentation says: “No more adding silly class names like
sidebar-inner-wrapper just to be able to style something.” It also encourages creating reusable components with these utility classes.
When I first started trying out Tailwind CSS, I struggled a little as I was used to just use whatever ready-made components Bootstrap provides me then make changes on them accordingly. With Tailwind CSS, I had to create those components myself, which at first I thought would cost me more time and effort.
Among many of Tailwind CSS’s available classes, you can easily make any rule or class adhere to responsive design by adding a prefix to it based on the screen size you’re targeting.
I’ve been using Bootstrap for many years now, and recently I started noticing that something about the design of components in Bootstrap feels outdated. Whether it’s the colors or other design look and feel, it doesn’t feel like it’s adapting to changes of design pattern with time.
There are a lot of ways you can use Bootstrap with React. However, they can be a bit of a hassle. Usually, the library would create different React components that simulate Bootstrap components, and you have to import them to use them in your components.
#7Days7Projects Today we complete the challenge by putting everything we’ve learnt so far into practice!
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We will continue our end-to-end project. This will be our last step, creating an API for the model to use easily on any web page or application.
We will use Flask which is used mostly for making APIs. We won’t be going into depth of flask, we will just use what is needed for implementing our API. So let’s get started with the coding part.
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Some projects you can make with NodeJS that will help you learn the basics and fundamental of NodeJS or fill your projects in your Resume.
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Saving Santa with Pandas and GeoPandas
Finally! I know! A Data Science Project as Festive as the Season!
Data Science has many applications; so many in fact, it is nigh impossible to even be considered proficient in half of them! But, that shouldn’t dissuade us from trying to become as equipped for the future as possible. I challenge you to take on this project and have a once in a lifetime opportunity to serve as Santa’s “pocket” Data Scientist!
As a precursor to this project, note that this project is designed to be a challenge project. You are given the tools and supplies, but the method is left up to you! While the ‘answer key’ is provided on Github, you should have everything you need in the data to figure it out. This project also serves to introduce you to some tools you may not be familiar with, yet.
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