Real Reads No.15

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

If you're going to work for free, be smart about it

<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> …

Employment

Should freelancers ask potential clients what their budget is? 8 freelance experts sound off

<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> …

Small Business

Indie Magonomics – making a sustainable indie print magazine

I’ve come to the publishing world by way of digital/web design. Until launching the inaugural issue of Offscreen I had no prior experience in …

Marketing

Challenge Yourself More Often By Creating Artwork Every Day

Whether you're into good ol' drawing and painting, or quick editing in Photoshop or Illustrator, one thing's for sure: they're all creativity's best …

Web Design

The ideal office design for happy and creative professionals

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Houseplants

7 steps to planning for a vacation as a freelancer

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Road Trips

Phone calls with prospective clients are an anxious freelancer's worst nightmare

<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> …

Employment

My husband and I ran a small computer repair business out of our home. As we offered 24-hour...

<i>My husband and I ran a small computer repair business out of our home. As we offered 24-hour emergency service for businesses in our area, we had a</i> …

Repairs

I work in a print & design shop which can also order engraved signs from a 3rd party vendor....

<i>I work in a print & design shop which can also order engraved signs from a 3rd party vendor. One day, a customer comes up to my counter.</i><b>Client:</b> …

Calligraphy

How all shirts fit me

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Geek Humor

I am a graphic designer for a print shop and I have one client who never does anything on time. She...

<i>I am a graphic designer for a print shop and I have one client who never does anything on time. She is always coming in exactly when we close and</i> …

Posters

Comics of the Week #400

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

10 Reasons Visitors Hate Your Website [Infographic]

Does your business website suffer from a high bounce rate? Is it failing to generate the conversions you had hoped for?We take a look at what turns …

Infographics

When to say no and move forward as a freelancer

<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> …

Employment

I’d just made a website for a client, and was training them to use it because they didn’t want to...

<i>I’d just made a website for a client, and was training them to use it because they didn’t want to pay me to maintain the site.</i> <b>Me:</b> Open a new browser …

I have a former acquaintance who wanted very desperately to become a designer, despite not having...

<i>I have a former acquaintance who wanted very desperately to become a designer, despite not having any experience, because he thought it was easy</i> …

Graphic Design

Client: Could you run these two ads for the next week? Thanks.Me: Um… I’m the one who...

<b>Client:</b> Could you run these two ads for the next week? Thanks.<b>Me:</b> Um… I’m the one who designed those ads. Did you mean to email the newspaper?<b>Client:</b> …

FPO: CNN Digital New Hire Kit

New hires at CNN Digital get more than a stapler and a pack of Post-its. A nice looking bag with a hardcover and silkscreened history book is a nice …

Typography

I used to work as help desk support for a Microsoft shop.  I had a client who called so often that I...

<i>I used to work as help desk support for a Microsoft shop. I had a client who called so often that I recognized their voice. Without fail the</i> …

Freedom of Information

I work for a small operation that supplies office telecoms services for companies, and I know most...

<i>I work for a small operation that supplies office telecoms services for companies, and I know most of our customers by name. The other day we got a</i> …

Telecoms

How, when and why you should be using hashtags

How to effectively use hashtags on Twitter, Facebook and InstagramHashtags, you either love them or hate them. Having become part of our culture, we …

Digital Marketing

I was designing the UI for a client’s software. The client demanded that they sit next to me while...

<i>I was designing the UI for a client’s software. The client demanded that they sit next to me while I design it.</i> <b>Client:</b> I want every cell to show the …

UI Design

Conquering Impostor Syndrome

Two years ago I documented my struggles with Imposter Syndrome and the response was immense. I received messages of support and commiseration from …

Web Design

What to do when you hit freelancer burnout

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Employment

5 reasons I sacrifice security to be my own boss

<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> …

Employment

3 ways to use fear to your advantage

<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> …

Motivation

I have a client who communicates exclusively via Microsoft Word.If she has something to tell me,...

<i>I have a client who communicates exclusively via Microsoft Word.</i><i>If she has something to tell me, I’ll receive an email with nothing in the body, but</i> …

Time I

I was asked for a quote for a website with a very detailed set of requirements. The following...

<i>I was asked for a quote for a website with a very detailed set of requirements. The following exchange took place by email over a period of two</b> …

Legal Services