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I was working as office manager for merchant service company at the dawn of debit cards and ecommerce. We eventually got into selling ecommerce sites. I taught myself how to code so I could manage our own site and eventually began to design for others. I was also responsible for designing our ads and brochures. Unfortunately the business folded so I went back to school for web development.
I've freelanced for about 5 yrs. I previously worked as office manager and webmaster for merchant service business.
I taught myself then decided to go to school to get credibility. I attended Strayer University's Computer Information System - Web Development Diploma program since I already had a BS.
Chrome! I used to be loyal to Firefox but CHrome has become the most efficient for me. I take advantage of the ability to create different identities associated with different Google accounts. This way I separate my personal browser and its favorites from my business one. I like to keep certain tabs open on each; which are available each time I open my browser my workspace is set up. I also task advantage of all kinds of productivity and web development extensions from Chrome store. One of my favorite is Evernote which coordinates with my desktop and mobile apps. I use it to store anything from shopping list to design notes. I can easily capture example images right into my Evernote notebooks.
I use both Twitter and Facebook. Equal usage for pleasure and to promote business @designables. I am avid classic movie enthusiast who Tweets @TCManiacs for about 6 years. I also FB and twitter accounts to promote lupus awareness @lupussurvivors for lupussurvivors.com.
I love getting to know client and their business then creating a design that reflects who their personality. I have real knack for using observation, listening and asking the right questions to create a look that speaks for my clients.
Take advantage of all the free tutorials on the internet. I learned more design skills via internet than through the diploma I paid for. But my web development diploma through Strayer concentrated mostly on databases and object oriented programming.
CSS3 because of all the cool effects you can do without the need for photoshop. It really allows you to be a lot more creative without having to rely on slicing photoshopped images not to mention a lighter faster website.
English. Unfortunately despite taking Spanish and French as a youngster, I remember nothing but Adios and Oui. Did I say that right?
Smart phones and tablets, therefore responsive web design is now a must! I predicted back when I was in merchant service business that we would soon be doing everything by phone including paying bills and shopping. The future is now.
Churches, beauty salons and portfolios. Working on my own, I rely on word of mouth, so most of my work is with small organizations and individuals as a posed to big businesses. Which is just my speed. I enjoy the one on one relationship consulting with clients.
Please organize your content. At least according what you want on each page and what should be most emphasized. Please have your content in electronic format. Designers don't have time and clients don't want to pay for typing time. Have some ideas and visual example of design concepts and layouts you like. Designers aren't mind readers, the more examples the client gives the less time you will be billed for revisions.
Novice clients often don't have enough terminology to describe what they what they want and they often don't have their content ready. They often don't want to pay for the additional time it takes to instruct them on the quality content they need.
Yes, I take advantage of the ZOHO solutions. I use to track projects, estimates and invoicing. It allows my customers to pay directly through link in the emailed invoice. They also have snail mail available if needed.
No. I am will to any job that a client needs. In fact I am do $5 specials on Fiverr right now. So far I am doing photoediting gigs, but I plan on adding some other graphic design and maybe some Wordpress gigs soon! https://www.fiverr.com/angiephillips
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I am currently seeking freelance projects as I complete the Computer Information Science - Web Development Program at Strayer University.
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