How to Strategically Turn Down a Design Client | ***POST DESTACADO***

I know it sounds a little bizarre. Why would anyone say Yes when they actually want to turn down. The thing is that saying yes in the beginning would make your no sound a little less offending. You can always say yes to a project but tell them that you are really over loaded with the work and they can contact you in a month’s time. You can also ask the client to get some work done for the project before you take it so that you can be sure if you can handle the project or not. This is a great way of saying No politely and you are also putting the ball back into the client’s court. However, this does not mean that you should lie about being busy. Use this strategy when you are actually busy.

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How to Strategically Turn Down a Design Client

When you are working for someone, you do not have the liberty to say ‘NO’. However, one of the advantages of being a freelancer is that you can always turn down a client or some project you do not want to work on. Having the liberty of refusing and having the ability to do so are two different things. As a freelancer if you are not going to refuse to some projects, you will be overloaded with the work you do not feel like doing and this will increase your work pressure and it will result into missing deadlines. Such things will affect the quality of your work. If a client wants you to design wall calendars for marketing and you want bigger projects like redesigning major e-commerce sites, you have to let them down gently so you can get the types of work you really want without tarnishing your reputation.

Turning down or refusing to anything is definitely a hard thing as you might think that you will offend others or hurt their feelings. But, sometimes this is a necessity. It is important for you to let people know that you are not ready to work for something you are not interested in and sooner or later people will realize that your refusal was for their own good. This will prove that you are an honest worker and you do not want to take on a job with which you cannot be loyal to.

You obviously cannot refuse every other assignment that comes your way just because you do not feel like working on it. In order to be able to pay your bills, you need to work on assignments that you do not feel like working but it is important. At the same time, you should know whether you would be able to handle the job or not. Also, if you are in a state where you can refuse projects you do not really like, do it without any feelings of guilt.

I know a lot of people who have issues in turning down a client as they are afraid they might end up hurting someone’s feelings. For such people we are enlisting essential strategies to turn down a client. I know they will work because I have tried them myself and since then saying no has not been so difficult.

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5 extensiones para Google Chrome para interactuar en Pinterest

Pin Search: al instalar esta extensión se integrará una nueva opción en las imágenes que se han compartido en Pinterest. Verás un botón que dice Search, que con solo dar enter nos redirigirá a Google Imágenes, donde tendremos toda la información recogida en la web sobre esa imágen. No tendremos que realizar ninguna acción más, ya que directamente veremos la búsqueda de la imagen realizada, con los resultados visibles.


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Si has dado un vistazo a Pinterest y no puedes despegarte de esta red social, te van a interesar algunas opciones que te presentaremos para que tu interacción sea más interesante y sencilla.

Lamentablemente solo podrás utilizar estas extensiones si Google Chrome es tu navegador, pero si piensas pasar tiempo en Pinterest puede ser de utilidad tenerlas en cuenta, aunque tengas otro navegador como preferencia.

Instant Pinterest: si bien tenemos la posibilidad de utilizar el marcador de Pinterest en nuestronavegador para publicar directamente cualquier imágen, esta extensión es más simple y práctica. Solo tienes que situarte sobre la fotografía y dar clic en el botón derecho del mouse y elegir Instant Pin y automáticamente aparecerá en la misma página la ventana emergente para publiques en Pinterest. (Puedes encontrar una similar en Firefox)

Screen 2 Pin:  es una extensión interesante que nos permite hacer captura de pantalla de cualquiersitio web que estemos navegando, para compartirlo directamente en Pinterest. Con solo escoger el icono nos dirigirá a otra pantalla donde veremos la captura y la ventana de Pinterest para señalar el board donde deseamos guardarlo, el texto que deseamos agregar y directamente con dar enter en Pin It se publicará. Leer más “5 extensiones para Google Chrome para interactuar en Pinterest”

Mozilla lanza Firefox 10

Firefox 10 incorpora una de los primeros componentes del mecanismo de actualizaciones silenciosas planeados por Firefox, de forma que el navegador desactiva automáticamente complementos incompatibles y marca el resto como compatibles. Mozilla explica que los complementos que funcionan con Firefox 4 o posteriores serán marcados como compatibles en Firefox 10.

Las preocupaciones sobre la incompatibilidad de algunos complementos son habituales desde que Mozilla adoptó un calendario de actualizaciones más rápido. Esto lleva a que algunos desarrolladores a veces no tengan tiempo de rehabilitar su código o al menos marcar sus extensiones como válidas para el nuevo navegador.


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Los desarrolladores de Mozilla han dado luz verde al lanzamiento de una nueva versión de Firefox después de que el año pasado se decidiera que el navegador se actualizaría cada seis semanas.

Firefox 10 incorpora una de los primeros componentes del mecanismo de actualizaciones silenciosas planeados por Firefox, de forma que el navegador desactiva automáticamente complementos incompatibles y marca el resto como compatibles. Mozilla explica que los complementos que funcionan con Firefox 4 o posteriores serán marcados como compatibles en Firefox 10.

Las preocupaciones sobre la incompatibilidad de algunos complementos son habituales desde que Mozilla adoptó un calendario de actualizaciones más rápido. Esto lleva a que algunos desarrolladores a veces no tengan tiempo de rehabilitar su código o al menos marcar sus extensiones como válidas para el nuevo navegador. Leer más “Mozilla lanza Firefox 10”

10 Essential Guidelines for Freelance Collaboration

In the same way that you would research a potential client, learn all you can about a potential collaborator. Study their LinkedIn profile and other online profiles. Read any testimonials and recommendations they have received to see what past clients think of their work. Review their portfolio to get an idea of the type of work they produce. Remember, if you work together on the same project, your reputation will become linked with that of your collaborator.
Guideline #2: Provide Details

Once you have selected a freelance collaborator, provide them with as many details as you can about the job. Be specific. Remember, if the freelancer is working in a different specialty from your own, they may need entirely different information to get their job done. Give them an opportunity to ask their own questions and make sure that they get their answers. The more your colleague knows, the better able they will be to fulfill their part of the project.


By laura
http://designm.ag/freelance/10-essential-guidelines-for-freelance-collaboration/


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collaboration is on the rise. Increasingly, teams of freelancers are now doing the work that in-house departments used to do. Graphic designers are now working on teams with writers and programmers.

But many freelancers are used to working alone. Collaboration definitely requires freelancers to make a few adjustments.

In this post, I’ll provide ten essential guidelines to help you put the pieces together for freelance collaboration. If you enjoy this post, you may also enjoy reading 15 Questions to Ask Before Collaborating.

Guideline #1: Do Your Homework

In the same way that you would research a potential client, learn all you can about a potential collaborator. Study their LinkedIn profile and other online profiles. Read any testimonials and recommendations they have received to see what past clients think of their work. Review their portfolio to get an idea of the type of work they produce. Remember, if you work together on the same project, your reputation will become linked with that of your collaborator.

Guideline #2: Provide Details

Once you have selected a freelance collaborator, provide them with as many details as you can about the job. Be specific. Remember, if the freelancer is working in a different specialty from your own, they may need entirely different information to get their job done. Give them an opportunity to ask their own questions and make sure that they get their answers. The more your colleague knows, the better able they will be to fulfill their part of the project. Leer más “10 Essential Guidelines for Freelance Collaboration”

5 Practices Your Clients Will Love

If your business relationships are going to work, your clients have to like you. If they feel comfortable with you, you’ll be on solid ground; a good rapport reduces the likelihood that you’ll get into difficult client situations. When you invest in a relationship — any relationship — the value of that relationship increases and it becomes more likely to bear fruit. So, once you’ve found awesome clients who are fond of you and your work, go the extra mile to ensure their loyalty and esteem. Here are a few ideas to get you started.


by Maria Malidaki
http://sixrevisions.com/project-management/5-practices-your-clients-will-love/

5 Practices Your Clients Will Love

If your business relationships are going to work, your clients have to like you. If they feel comfortable with you, you’ll be on solid ground; a good rapport reduces the likelihood that you’ll get into difficult client situations. When you invest in a relationship — any relationship — the value of that relationship increases and it becomes more likely to bear fruit. So, once you’ve found awesome clients who are fond of you and your work, go the extra mile to ensure their loyalty and esteem. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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10 Practical Ways to Bust Through Web Designer’s Block

As a web designer, is there any feeling worse than being creatively uninspired and not being able to complete or start your design projects? It’s frustrating, depressing, and costs us income.

Now imagine if there was a magical, surefire technique to make our creative block instantly disappear, giving us instant creativity and productivity.

That would be great, wouldn’t it? Well, too bad, because there’s no such thing. Designer’s block happens to all of us, and there’s no easy way out of it. However, if you feel you’re in a situation where you just feel unable to create, here are a few things you can try. [Más…]
1. Start from the Inside Out

Every serious web designer will tell you that you start out your layout with a nice grid and do a few wireframes to see how the text flows through the boxes and columns. Then you settle on a color scheme and a design theme, and work towards the smaller details from there.

In other words, we’re taught to start from the big picture and work our way down to the details.

But we all know things don’t always (or, should I say, never) work out this way. Staring at a dull and empty grid all day is not helping you move forward an inch. Instead of inspirational site content that can give us ideas on what themes would work well with a company, the only text the client gives us to work with is “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet” they copy-pasted from this ubiquitous site.

Why not break all the rules and start inside out? Design something as small as a form button or a “read more” link. Don’t worry about colors; you can always change them later. Or pick a palette from kuler or COLOURlovers, and make something that looks nice; something that gives you a glimpse of the website that should go around it.


by Sacha Greif
http://sixrevisions.com/productivity/10-practical-ways-to-bust-through-web-designers-block/

10 Practical Ways to Bust Through Web Designer's Block

As a web designer, is there any feeling worse than being creatively uninspired and not being able to complete or start your design projects? It’s frustrating, depressing, and costs us income.

Now imagine if there was a magical, surefire technique to make our creative block instantly disappear, giving us instant creativity and productivity.

That would be great, wouldn’t it? Well, too bad, because there’s no such thing. Designer’s block happens to all of us, and there’s no easy way out of it. However, if you feel you’re in a situation where you just feel unable to create, here are a few things you can try. Leer más “10 Practical Ways to Bust Through Web Designer’s Block”