A Dedicated Work Time

A Dedicated Work Time

Balancing work and home life has always been a struggle for me. With four kids I stay pretty busy but cannot imagine giving up my online business. There have been times that I have had to scale back big time. Now that all but one of my kids are in school full-time it’s time to […]

What is Your Time Worth?

What is Your Time Worth?

When you start out in the freelance world one of the hardest question to answer is how to do you charge.  You don’t want to charge too much that you won’t be able to get work but you don’t want to charge too little either.  You have to determine what your time is worth to […]

Impress Your Clients With a Style Guide

Impress Your Clients With a Style Guide

If you want to give your web design client 100% you can give them a style guide you created with Stylify Me.  A study guide is a document that informs the reader of the colors, fonts, font sizes, etc., used on their website.  This is great information to have all in one place to help a […]

Handle Client Conflict Like a Pro

Handle Client Conflict Like a Pro

When you work as a freelancer and are relying on clients for your income communication is key.  If you lack good communication conflict will develop, it’s inevitable. James Dalman from iThemes wrote an article about how to deal with client conflict in 5 simple steps. The first step is to just stay calm, which I […]

Cool Plugin Find: WP Dashboard Notes

Cool Plugin Find: WP Dashboard Notes

Have you ever wanted to leave yourself a note in WordPress?  Now you can with the WP Dashboard Notes.  I heard about this plugin from Sarah Gooding at WP Tavern in her article, WP Dashboard Notes Plugin Clones Google Keep in the WordPress Dashboard.  She says this about the plugin: “If you need note-taking capabilities […]

Creating Helpful Blog Content

Creating Helpful Blog Content

The purpose of a blog is give information, hopefully information that will help others.  Some blog daily, others monthly, and many somewhere in between.  When blogging with the intention to help others it’s so important that you blog daily but that you are indeed writing helpful content. Chris Lema said in his blog post, The […]

Running A WordPress Web Design Business

Running A WordPress Web Design Business

Have you ever considered running a WordPress Web Design Business?  I started one about 6 years old and last year took over FreshNets.com.  Before FreshNets I never really had a website to advertise my services on so it’s nice to have.  Starting my WordPress business has been one of the best decisions I have made […]

Are your blog posts helping you win clients?

Are your blog posts helping you win clients?

I just found an amazing article at Copyblogger, big surprise there, but really, this article has really spoken to me on a personal level. Henneke Duistermaat says in the intro of 4 Simple Steps to Writing a Blog Post That Floods Your Inbox with Inquires, “Blogging helps boost your authority, drive relevant traffic, and generate leads. […]

Do You Want to Build a Plugin?

Do You Want to Build a Plugin?

Have you ever wanted to write a plugin for WordPress?    Writing a plugin for the first time can seem scary but it really isn’t.  The more you create the easier it will become.   I’ve written numerous plugins for clients but none for the general public.  I have a notebook in Evernote dedicated to […]

Is Your WordPress Site Secure?

Is Your WordPress Site Secure?

I am hearing about a WordPress site getting hacked almost daily.  I’ve even had my sites hacked in the past but not in the last couple of years.  Thankfully some WordPress developers have created some amazing plugins that help keep our WordPress sites secure.  iThemes Security and WordFence are awesome.  WordPress security expert blogs are […]