May 10, 2013 in Web Designer Tips

Web Designer Tip: Browserstack for Browser Testing

It’s spring cleaning time again, which means that it is time to review my web browser testing set-up.  I once again pondered if there’s a better solution out there that can replace my current web browser testing set-up, which includes:

  • Legacy PCs
  • Virtual Machines
  • Browser Screenshot Services
  • Device Lab

Forgive me whilst I take a moment to rant about why all those above options are rubbish, and then tell you why you should use Browserstack for cross browser testing instead.

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January 15, 2013 in Web Designer Tips, Web Marketing

Web Designer Tip: Google Maps Gets Sales

A quick way of getting ahead of other local web designers in the Search Engine Results Pages is to add your company to Google Maps. When someone undertakes a search that contains a geographic keyword, for instance “Web Designer Lincolnshire” – A mini Google Map will appear on the first page of Google with all the service providers pin pointed.

It’s a quick and cost effective way of getting a top placement for your keywords; Google Maps get’s you sales.

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Web Designer Tip: Business Cards

When it comes to business cards, don’t be shy. Go all John Rambo and fire them off at as many people as possible. Business cards are, of course, a great way of summing up your company, what it stands for and how it helps customers. Sit back and entertain a few tips as to how web designers can make the most of their business cards.

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Web Designer Tip: Saving Money with UK Tax Reliefs

If you’re based in the UK and self-employed you can save money by getting tax relief for your business expenses. If you pay for a service for business and private use (like your phone bill), the bill can be split so you get tax relief for the part that’s just for your business.

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Web Designer Tip: Outsource Work

HomerSimpson60As a freelance web designer you’ll do well to have certain specialities in your sector. As such, it’s best to be great at a handful of skills, rather than spread yourself thinner than a squashed jellybean. So don’t be the jack of all trades, be the jack of a specific trade and outsource work. Read More

Web Designer Tip: Research in the Real World

homer-researchingFreelance Web Designers sometimes don’t get out much, I admit just last year my typical research technique was to check out the competitors websites and study the sector from the online comforts of Wikipedia. You should still use websites for research but why not include a further myriad of offline bricks and mortar resources in the real world.

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