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Ada Ivanova (26 Posts)

About: Ada is a fulltime freelancer and enjoys every second of it. She is also the Blogger Relations Manager at WinkPress.com, which is a web resource about leveraging WordPress, its themes, and plugins to create versatile and unusual websites.
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Sell Your Designs – Print-on-Demand (POD) Tips and Services

Print-on-Demand (POD) is usually related to books and other written stuff but it is not limited to this. With POD, you prepare your manuscript, or design, upload it to a POD service and when somebody wants to buy it, it is printed for them. Simple as that. Unlike traditional publishing, with POD you don’t print thousands of copies that might…

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How to Deal with Creative Differences with Clients

For a techie, one of the not so nice aspects of being a freelancer is the fact that you have to work with clients. When you work for an agency, most of this is handled by the account executive and sometimes you don’t have to deal with the client at all. However, when you work for yourself as a freelancer…

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Finding Freelance Projects

Congratulations, if you have decided to become a freelancer. No matter what your reasons to go freelance might be, one of the things you will need for sure are projects. While sometimes projects find you and you get more on your plate than you need, more often than not you will have to be the active party and search for…

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25 Free Abstract Photoshop Brush Packs

Abstract Photoshop brush packs are among my favorites and I decided to share some of them with you. Well, it’s kind of abstract what abstract is, so let me clarify I have included just a bit of lights, lightnings, lines, curves, smoke, and swirls brushes, as well as some completely undefined in terms of shape (and probably functionality) brushes, that…

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How Seasonal Factors Can Influence Your Business

The four seasons of the year might not affect your business directly, unless you are a farmer, but more or less seasonal factors play a role for every kind of business. For some businesses, for instance ski vacations, it is obvious when the peak is, while for others this isn’t so. All equal, for the majority of businesses, except those…

Five Alternative Careers for Designers

All these alternative careers for designers are Web-related and presumably it will be easier for you to make the switch but of course, if you are totally fed up with HTML, CSS, .PNG, and the like, you can make a U-turn and go into a totally unrelated area. Here the choice is basically endless and it all depends on the…

Reasons to Become a Freelancer

For me personally becoming a freelancer was one of the best ideas I’ve ever had. Being a freelancer beats all jobs I have had in the past and maybe more that 99% of all potential jobs I could realistically expect to have. And I certainly can’t complain of lack of lucrative offers, even now, when I am off the market…

To Revamp or Not to Revamp?

I guess everybody can think of site revamps that went terribly wrong and of revamps that really improved a site. However, when you discuss somebody else’s site it is much easier than when you need to decide if your own site needs a revamp. There are times when you need to revamp your site and times when it is best…

Things I Hate about My Clients

In the Things My Clients Hate. What about Yours? article I discussed 5 things my clients hate. Now, let me present the other side of the story – i.e. 5 things I hate about clients. Well, with so much hatred, it might sound like we freelancers and clients are at a war but definitely I don’t think this is the…