Real Reads No.14

By Steph Martin | A selection of Real Owl’s favourite articles all under one cover

Don’t stop sharing what you know

<i>This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think</i> …

Networking

Vibrant Illustrations To Let Your Mind Wander

Quentin Monge<p>The fantasy of French illustrator <i>Quentin Monge</i>. Such a lovely style!<p>“Lire” Cover<p>Admiring how the illustrator played with light sources …

Web Design

Love and proposals

CHICAGO. Spent my Sunday writing a contract for the ________ design. I find I really enjoy writing proposals. It gives me a chance to see the whole …

Enjoy

A Lucky Fella

YESTERDAY I took a bath. Doesn’t sound like much, but it was quite a treat.I’m staying in a hotel room in Chicago, and there’s a tub here.I have a …

Cats

Alexia Roux Business Card

Designed by Alexia RouxPrinted byIf you were to look in your business card archive/stack I doubt you will find one that catches your attention by …

Design

"Hotshot website designers needed! You must be a NON-SMOKER, non-drinker, non-drug user with NO..."

“Hotshot website designers needed! You must be a NON-SMOKER, non-drinker, non-drug user with NO tattoos. No foul language. Period.”<br>- <i>Via</i> …

Language

Focus on What You Do Best and Outsource the Rest

With consumer expectations growing year after year, high quality web design and development services are in top demand. If you want to be the one to …

Small Business

The pros and cons of working from home

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Freelancing

Do you tell your clients you're on vacation?

One of the perks of being digital can also be a downfall when you want to plan a vacation but are not sure how to break it to your clients.Unlike a 9 …

Awkward

Comics of the Week #387

Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD.The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we …

Web Design

23 Words or Phrases to Eliminate from Your Website [Infographic]

Does your business website include needless words that water down your message? Want to streamline your copy and make your site more …

Writing

How to be more productive when you work from home

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Time Management

Client: (on phone) I wanted to email you about some revisions to your design, but my keyboard won’t...

<b>Client:</b> (on phone) I wanted to email you about some revisions to your design, but my keyboard won’t work. Could you come help me?<i>I went over to his</i> …

Wireless

Finding Inspiration In The Little Things Around Us

Can you believe it is May already? Time flies! Here in Belgium, spring has arrived and has brought along its bright colors, the delicate odours of …

I set up a basic blog for the client. They asked for something bare bones, but suitable for instant...

<i>I set up a basic blog for the client. They asked for something bare bones, but suitable for instant use. After explaining where everything was and</i> …

Design

I run a small cyber security firm. I was doing some work for a client who asked me to do some...

<i>I run a small cyber security firm. I was doing some work for a client who asked me to do some compliance work. After waiting about a week and a half</i> …

Cybersecurity

What I’ve learned about freelancing with anxiety

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Crave

I designed some shirts for a sporting club.Client: Can we put sponsors logos on them?Me: Sure, just...

<i>I designed some shirts for a sporting club.</i><b>Client:</b> Can we put sponsors logos on them?<b>Me:</b> Sure, just email me their logos, I’ll clean them up and …

T-shirts

Why entrepreneurs should embrace mistakes

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Leadership

I had this client. He said he wanted an E-commerce website building (E-cigarettes and Vapes)....

<i>I had this client. He said he wanted an E-commerce website building (E-cigarettes and Vapes). Completely custom. I was starting out, and accepted to</i> …

Web Design

Element Three New Employee Welcome Kit

Designed by Element Three Printed by Box: Welch PackagingThis Welcome Kit is a good way to get a new hire stoked about joining the team. Thoughtful …

Mentoring

I made a living as a writer and editor for a small but popular site for the better part of a decade....

<i>I made a living as a writer and editor for a small but popular site for the better part of a decade. Unfortunately, when the original owner decided</i> …

Web Design

Things I’ve learned after being mistreated as an independent contractor

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Money

I worked with a company for five years, doing nearly all their marketing design over that time. Last...

<i>I worked with a company for five years, doing nearly all their marketing design over that time. Last year, they decided they could save money by</i> …

Savemoney

How to earn 2X more as a freelancer

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Employment