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Making 6 figures as a freelance web designer is kind of like a rite of passage. When I was first introduced to the world of freelancing I was kind of shocked at how freelancers would just openly tell me they made over 6 figures a year without me asking. When I asked a friend about […]

How to Be a 6 Figure Freelance Web Designer

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There are probably a lot of reasons why someone would want to become a freelance web designer. There are motivations like being in control of your time, having flexibility in your schedule, or being your own boss. But, one that probably trumps them all is earning more money. That was one of my biggest motivations […]

How to Earn More Money as a Freelancer

How to Earn More Money as a Freelancer || A man excited at his computer to signify earning more money as a freelancer

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Being unhappy with your job is pretty much a given these days. That’s why everyone posts those stupid memes about how bad Mondays are. A recent study found that over half of all US workers were unhappy with their career. But why are we so content to stay and do work we hate for a […]

How to Find a Job You Love in Tech

How to find a job you love || Illustrated by a twisty road because it might take a non-traditional route to get there

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If you don’t want to read nearly 3,000 words on 5 important things every web designer needs to know, I got you. Here’s a podcast Well, it’s official. Selfmadewebdesigner.com turned 1 year old! 🎉 It’s been a pretty awesome year. I’ve gotten the chance to help a lot of people up their game as web […]

5 Important Things Every Web Designer Needs To Know

5 Important Things Every Web Designer Needs to Know || Balloons Being Released in the Air

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I have to be honest and say I did not think the Coronavirus would affect us as much as it has. I thought everyone was going a bit overboard. But, things kept getting worse. Then last week the CEO of the company I work for sent out a message telling us that we would all […]

How to Make Your Web Design Business Coronavirus Proof

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The first time I tried getting potential freelance web design clients was not pretty. I had just finished the very first site I had ever done. It was for a friend of mine who is a fitness coach. My strategy was pretty simple: Google fitness coaches/gyms located within a 30-mile radius of me See if […]

How to Get Freelance Web Design Clients Starting from Scratch

Finding freelance web design clients starting from scratch || a man in a field looking for something

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Have you ever taken a personality test? I have. I love them. On the Meyer’s Brigg’s test I’m an ENFJ. My Enneagram is an 8 with a wing 7. My top five strengths in Clifton’s Strength’s finders are Restorative Ideation Empathy Competition Command While these tests can be helpful when it comes to self-awareness or […]

The One Thing You Need to Be a Successful Web Designer

The one thing you need to be a successful web designer| a man walking down a rainy road

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The holiday season can be a mixed bag. Especially if your the kind that tries to find the absolute perfect gift for the people in your life. Let’s be real. Some people are pretty tough to buy for. A web designer whether newbie or seasoned professional is one of those that are tough to peg. […]

The Best Holiday Gift Guide for Your Web Designer

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I have a confession to make. I haven’t always had a great Job Success Score on Upwork. In fact, there was a season that my Job Success Score got all the way down to 78%. In Upwork world that’s the equivalent of a huge sign that says, “Worst Freelancer Ever. Do Not Hire.” But, despite […]

How to Recover from a Bad Job Success Score on Upwork

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The holidays are such a fun time. It’s everyone’s chance to tear away from work, spend time with people you love and in general take a break. Unless you’ve got a side hustle. Then you’re left wondering how to get the most out of the holidays while still keeping up with your side hustle. For […]

How to Get the Most out of the Holidays with a Side Hustle

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Ever reach a plateau? You know what I mean. That place you get after you’ve been working hard at something and what once was excitement about learning a new thing becomes frustration with how long it’s taking. It feels like you’ve reached your limit BUT believe me you haven’t. I’ve hit a number of roadblocks […]

How To Overcome Those Stubborn Web Design Roadblocks

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One of my favorite quotes is from Richard Branson founder of the Virgin Group. He says: “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” This was my philosophy when I first got started as a web designer […]

How to Fake it Till You Make it as a Web Designer

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I was pretty much a full-time musician for about 13 years. To be fair, I was the worship leader of a church. Which is probably a lot different than what you’d think of in the usual sense of a “full-time musician.” But, that’s the easiest way I know how to describe what I did. Here’s […]

How I Changed Careers at 36 to Web Design

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My wife and I were married almost two years ago as I write this. With our marriage came love, joy, excitement and about $30k of debt. And, listen, neither of us are big spenders. In fact, we’re the opposite. We can make pennies last beyond what seems earthly possible. For instance, my favorite meal is […]

How I Got Out of Debt with a Web Design Side Hustle

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I’ve often wondered why more people don’t jump into web design freelancing or any freelancing at all for that matter! This time in history is arguably the easiest it has ever been to make money.  Never before have you been able to learn whatever you want from anywhere you want. Never before have you been […]

How To Overcome Fear and Just Get Started

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