Setting up an office for your web design business

Setting up your office is a very important part of becoming a successful web designer.  When I first started working from home, I have to admit I didn’t really have a dedicated space.  My son was 5 years old.  I was really only working part-time, mostly volunteering.  The kitchen table and a laptop were all…

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What services to offer in web design

What services to offer in web design is one of the most important decisions you are going to make as you start your business.  Seventeen years ago, I was uncertain what my role was as a business owner and really let the customer dictate what my services were.  I was building custom HTML, CSS and…

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Setting up shop as a web designer

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It’s been 17 years since I set up shop as a web designer.  I had just ended a partnership in a gift and trophy PLLC that I joined with four friends. I learned a lot about running a home business in the 18 months I was part of that company.  I discovered that you had…

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Don’t let your work become your hobby

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Every web designer needs a hobby. I have long known this deep down, but I haven’t had any hobbies for years. Work is constantly on my mind. I think about my project work, my blog posts to clients, my blog posts here, my workflows, setting up automation, training, client communication, deadlines, etc. It never ends.…

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WebCami Cafe, One Year Later

My WebCami Cafe anniversary date came and went in early February.  I planned to post about it, but then it snowed like crazy in February and my month was thrown into scheduling chaos.  I wanted to do this post with a little time to reflect on what I’ve learned over the last year. My intentions…

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Cafe Convo: WordPress Plugin creation Q&A with Alex Sirota

I recently learned that cafe member Alex Sirota was working on a plugin. I’ve never built a plugin myself and sent him a few questions to answer. Please share your name: Alex Sirota Tell us a bit about yourself: I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and I have a family of 4, my wife Alla…

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