How To Build a Telework Team That Gets Things Done

How to Build a Telework Team

Telework teams are becoming very common these days, especially with the growing amount of tools available to help companies keep remote employees accountable. In fact, an article on telecommuting in the NYTimes.com mentions that “those who work at home tend to put in longer hours and are often more productive.” Small business owners and freelancers can certainly vouch for this and know just how beneficial building a team remotely can be, even if only for single projects…if you have the right team building techniques in place, that is.

The entire process can be a bit intimidating if you have never used a virtual team before now. Hire the wrong members, and you could get burned pretty badly and may even lose valuable clients. Without the right processes, possibly even training, and of course the right technology, building effective teams is nearly impossible.

On the other hand, using team building techniques that have been tested by those who have forged the road before you can make your experience a very positive one. A telework team can save you money, time, and energy, providing you with a much better outcome for your clients than you could have produced on your own.

So, where to start? With the hiring, right? Wrong. Before you ever start looking for your team members, you first need to come up with a plan. The same NYTimes.com article from above points out that telecommuting “works best when a company has developed a plan, including the best technology to use.” The following will take you from the very beginning, your plan of action, to the actual management of your team using the right resources. Of course, you have to decide what works best for you, but these tips should give you a great starting point for the best possible results in building a team no matter the length of your project…

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30 Inspiring Facebook News Feed Redesign Concepts Worth Sharing

Facebook News Feed Redesign Concepts

The Facebook news feed has needed an updated look for awhile now. It’s understandable, though, that Facebook hasn’t redesigned the site. Users have learned the layout, buttons, and links. A redesign, especially a major one, could meet with lots of protests and complaints. I wouldn’t want to deal with all of that.

On the other hand, a redesign would probably provide Facebook with a huge publicity boost that would be worth the angry tweets. And, let’s face it, anyone who felt strongly enough to boycott Facebook would be back once they got to the unbearable stage of withdrawals.

But, there is no rumor in sight to indicate Facebook will make a change any time soon. Still, it’s fun to play “what if,” which is what we can do with the following Facebook redesign concepts. The following concepts are really impressive, even those that are a bit incomplete. Yet, even the ones that leave out some key elements that would need to be included give us a good glimpse of just how fun a new design could be. Some of these redesigns are even of the iOS and Android apps, which are also a bit outdated.

So, take a look at these Facebook redesign concepts…

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Ultimate Guide to HTTP Status Codes and Server Error Messages

HTTP Server Codes and Errors

Most of us are familiar with the gut-wrenching, nerve-wracking error codes like 404 and 500. But did you know that not all HTTP status codes and server error messages are mean and scary? Although some of these numbers could appear in the tech remake of Nightmare on Elm Street, others should evoke a sense of excitement and jubilation! But these “good” status codes are rarely visible to the average Internet user.

So this leads us to one final question: How do all these status codes work?

In this guide you’ll find all the necessary information to understand the concepts behind HTTP status code messages. Whether you’re a designer, developer, or just a curious Internet fanatic, this information should be useful to people of all backgrounds. It is my goal to clarify the process of website requests and how the web server passes information to your machine…

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11 Essential Skills Every Freelancer Needs to Succeed

Skills of Successful Freelancers

There is a lot more to being a successful designer or developer than having creative and coding skills. While those skills are a great start, freelancers also need to work on developing other skills, and some of them may not come as naturally to you as others.

In some cases you’ll need these related skills to do a great job for your clients, and in other cases you’ll need these skills to run a successful business or to offer additional services to clients.

In this article we’ll take a look at 10 related skills that designers and developers should not overlook. Chances are you are already pretty good in many of these areas, but some others may present opportunities for you to improve what you have to offer…

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17 Top Free Resources to Learn Online Marketing Techniques

Online Marketing Techniques

Online marketing is one of the more important aspects of a successful business, large and small alike. For freelance graphic designers, web designers, web developers, or other freelance creatives, a strong online marketing push in the beginning of your freelance career could be THE factor upon which your future rests. Sure, you gotta have skills too, and people skills, and so on and so forth. But if all of these other aspects are in place but no one can find you, well, then, you may as well be stuck in a hole.

Even if you are one of the lucky few graphic designers who gains clients right away from referral after referral until the end of your days, you still need some basics in place just in case your referrals decide to look you up before trying you out. A strong and positive online presence usually gives the impression that you are an expert in your field. But how, exactly, is a strong and positive presence on the web achieved? The answer to this question can be found in the resources below, and the exciting part is that they are all fabulously free.

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How to Design a Website to Maximize Conversions

Maximize Size Conversion

I’m often asked how to design a website that will maximize conversions. Obviously several factors exist in this process, such as your product and customer base, but there are a few basic tips that can help across the board with every web design.

First of all, creating a laser-focused design requires a keen eye for balanced interfaces and natural rhythm, and practice can get you into a familiar process. But questioning your own process is the key to going beyond the ordinary to reach the extraordinary. Web design from a marketer’s perspective often seems like a cheesy sales gimmick – unfortunately this is often the case. Although a well-converting layout is acutely more important, a well-crafted design can only enhance the user experience.

It cannot be overstated that the composition of a website is critically important to successful user conversion rates. That being the case, I’d like to state a few helpful ideas for building websites with a direct focus on user conversion rates…

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6 Crucial Interview Questions To Ask Clients Before Accepting a Job

Client questions

As an agency owner, I often receive questions about our client and web project on-boarding process. When a lead comes in, what are the right interview questions to ask potential clients before accepting a job?

From a client’s perspective, I’ve noticed that asking technical or design-oriented questions causes more problems than not, and of course, we aren’t just hired hands. When a potential client contacts you, consider yourself a business consultant and approach their project as a solution to a problem they current have–not someone who takes the exact need of the client and blindly builds it on command.

To understand a potential client, you have to understand their problem. This is by far the biggest question you will be trying to solve in the discovery phase. After determining their problem, you must explore the scope, cost, and timeline of the project. You’ll notice most of these questions revolve around the project management concept of the triple constraint. Let’s dive in!…

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14 Amazing Resources That Reveal the Secrets of DIY Photography

Learn Skills for DIY Photography

Photography is one of those skills that comes in handy for any creative career. If you know how to take and edit a great photograph, then you can save yourself some time and make a little extra money. Of course, some jobs will simply require the work of an experienced professional, but very often as a graphic or web designer, your client may not be able to afford the high costs. And you can offer photography as an extra service to add on to the invoice. First, though, you will need to find some learning resources for DIY photography before advertising this service, and photography tutorials – both videos and articles – are an excellent place to start…

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Ultimate Guide to Color Theory for Designers

Guide to Color theory

If a picture is worth 1000 words, then how much can we say about an interface? Well it turns out quite a lot, and there’s often many different topics worthy of discussion. One such topic is color theory which comprises the basic techniques of picking a matching color series.

This guide explores the subject of color relative to web and graphic design. The information is meant to be introductory while also getting into more applicable topics for digital designers. Advanced color theory is something best learned through practice rather than theory, but in order to improve, you have to start somewhere. Along with helpful tips and ideas for designing with color, you’ll also find plenty of valuable resources interspersed throughout the article…

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The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Design Blog

Guide to Design Blogging

Are you looking to get more clients for your design services? How about establishing your name recognition and becoming a respected authority in the industry? Would you like to supplement your income and not rely completely on client work? Writing a design blog can help you to accomplish all of these things and many others as well.

In this article we’ll take a detailed look at the topic of blogging for designers with the goal of helping you get more out of your own blogging efforts.

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