Time Management

5 Self-Motivation Techniques for Web Developers

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5 Self-Motivation Techniques for Web Developers

We all have our own little bi-polar ups and downs to one degree or another.  During the manic phase everything is interesting and motivation and energy are abundant.  The trick during these high points is to focus on one thing for more than a few minutes.  But for every mountain, there is a valley.  The valleys are dark and seem endless.  Gathering up the gumption to do anything productive can seem like a major feat. This article is for those low points.  Here, I want to give you five self-motivation techniques to help you get out of a web development slump. 1. Set yourself up for some...

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Charging by the Hour Sucks!

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Charging by the Hour Sucks!

Billing your web design projects by the hour sucks!  You know what I mean. “How many hours do I have left on my website project? Can you itemize that? What? Why did it take you so long to do this? My friend who made a website once says it should have only taken about 30 minutes, and you claim it took 2 hours?” Does this sound like a conversation you have had before? Squabbling over hours and minutes with a client can be enough to make anyone second guess their decision to become a web designer. There is a simple solution though… Don’t charge by the hour. Which of course raises...

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Web Design Projects Gone Wild: The Importance of Project Definition

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Web Design Projects Gone Wild: The Importance of Project Definition

Yesterday I had lunch with one of my best friends and all around stand-up guy, who also happens to be a web designer.  Like the complete geeks that we are, we spent the entire lunch discussing web design, a possible JV project, common pain points etc., but most of the conversation revolved around the difficulties with project definition and scope creep. I spend most of my days talking and working with web designers and developers, and  hands down this is THE most common problem that I hear across the board.  With that in mind, I thought the topic of defining the scope of a project would be...

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3 Ways to Give Yourself a Raise

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3 Ways to Give Yourself a Raise

Ultimately your success as a web developer or designer will depend on this one thing:  Your ability to make sufficient returns on your investments.  In other words, whether or not you are able to make enough money to support yourself, pay your bills, feed your family, etc. with the amount of time you put into your work.  This is also known as ROI, Return On Investment. You should regularly evaluate your ROI and take steps to increase it.  Below are 3 ways that you can increase your Return On Investment and effectively give yourself a raise.  These methods can allow you to spend less...

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Make More Money Right Away By Eliminating Distractions.

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Make More Money Right Away By Eliminating Distractions.

The biggest hindrance to any web designer or developer moving up to the next level are the little bad habits that they have in their workflow that slow them down or distract them from productive billable hours.  Here are 4 easy habits that will help you to streamline your workflow and focus on what is most important, like revenue generating activities. 1. Practice Just-In-Time Learning Distractions for a web designer abound!  Checking email, posting on Facebook, complaining on Twitter about how you don’t feel like working right now, checking the news and your RSS reader, playing...

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