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  • Downgrade Membership - UKWDA
    services for example web design development web marketing web hosting etc If you join the UKWDA and your website is either invalid or under construction your membership will be automatically cancelled Before proceeding please confirm I am applying on behalf

    Original URL path: http://www.ukwda.org/join-the-ukwda/signup-checks?type=basic (2016-02-18)
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  • Downgrade Membership - UKWDA
    services for example web design development web marketing web hosting etc If you join the UKWDA and your website is either invalid or under construction your membership will be automatically cancelled Before proceeding please confirm I am applying on behalf

    Original URL path: http://www.ukwda.org/join-the-ukwda/signup-checks?type=premium (2016-02-18)
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  • How Being an Early Bird or Night Owl May Affect Your Productivity - UKWDA
    concentration of white matter in certain areas of the brain There is some science behind why some of us function better at night Although people that work better into the night are often more creative there are a few drawbacks as well Night owls are often more temperamental impulsive and more likely to develop addictive behaviours or mental disorders They also have a higher propensity for taking risks though as a small business owner if they are smart risks that could be to your advantage Often you have to have faith in yourself and take big leaps like leaving your day job to get where you want to go Early Birds Research has shown that our early risers on the other hand tend to be more persistent more resistant to fatigue and better able to handle frustrations and challenges thrown their way They are also less anxious on average and report higher satisfaction with life overall I like those odds Can You Change Even though our genetics often are what determine when our productivity clocks are set behaviour and environment can make a difference About fifty percent of the population falls somewhere in the middle these individuals can adjust easily to either end usually Others fall more squarely into morning or evening camps Some argue that if you fall too far toward one end of the spectrum or the other ultimately the body is boss and can t be changed I think this is worth some personal experimentation If you aren t currently an early bird but want to be it may be worth a try to change Higher life satisfaction more persistence and an easier time overcoming adversity are reason enough to challenge the status quo but where should you start Prepare for Bedtime If you want to start getting up at five in the morning and are an eight hours of sleep a night type of person start getting ready for bed at eight o clock at night You don t need to be in bed at that time but you should start preparing for it Consider starting your own bedtime routine if you don t already have one Wash your face brush your teeth and tidy up for the night Just like babies and toddlers thrive on a bedtime routine so can you What do you find relaxing that would help you unwind before bed Turn Off the Electronics Typing away at your laptop or watching television aren t the best ways to relax before bed Electronics often have the opposite effect and signal your brain to be alert Consider not using electronics an hour prior to bedtime Instead of watching a show or checking Facebook before bed try reading a fiction book or conversing with your spouse Do a few yoga moves or stretches try meditation if you haven t before Rise and Shine Set your alarm clock Try not to hit snooze Have your coffee maker set on auto brew and prepped the night before

    Original URL path: http://www.ukwda.org/blog/how-being-an-early-bird-or-night-owl-may-affect-your-productivity (2016-02-18)
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  • 5 Simple Changes to Enjoy Working at Home More - UKWDA
    a Google Doc or a simple paper file if you foresee needing to dig them out in the future 2 Decorate There s nothing like a decor refresh for your home office to get you excited to come to work again You don t have to break the bank refitting your work area but it might be worth spending a few coins to get a new print to hang on the wall or a colourful rug to spice things up Charity shop finds can be equally fun and cheap Choose a new lamp shade wireless mouse or ergonomic desk chair if you have a few extra pennies to spend Often it s the little things that make the biggest difference in brightening your space or mood Don t be afraid to be creative you can always change things around later 3 Take Regular Breaks Working at home can lead to holing up in your home office for hours on end If you don t have regular breaks scheduled into your day consider implementing some Research suggests that most people can stay productive for about 90 minutes at a time Start taking a five minute break every hour and a half and see how it affects your own productivity level Throw in a load of laundry do the dishes or run the hoover quickly There s nothing to say that you can t get in a few chores while taking a break from work This is one of the perks of working from home after all Plus when your workday is over you ll have already gotten them done Grab a snack glass of water or walk up and down your stairs a few times to get your heart pumping Get up from your desk and do something other than surf the web Trust me it ll help you to refocus when you sit down to work again 4 Socialize Since you don t work in an office environment anymore it s easy to feel isolated when working from home Make it a point to get regular intervals of socialisation And no social media doesn t really count Check in with your spouse or call a friend with the intention of asking to see how their day is going Make a regular Skype date with a fellow work from homer Take out your elderly neighbour s rubbish Do whatever you need to do to get some face time with another individual every once in awhile We were made to be social beings it s good for the soul 5 Clock Out When you re working from home it s all too easy to work past the normal quitting time of your corporate office peers For those of us that are self employed nine to five doesn t necessarily apply in the same way Some people use this to their benefit and work less than the normal 40 hour workweek Others are dipping into workaholic territory and find themselves routinely putting in

    Original URL path: http://www.ukwda.org/blog/5-simple-changes-to-enjoy-working-at-home-more (2016-02-18)
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  • 4 Ways to Ensure Your Marketing Plan is Working - UKWDA
    and are willing to get things right Clients can tell you where they heard about you in the first place and what they are looking for in the future Learn this information by asking them a few simple questions then file it away for future reference Are certain clients referring you more often than others What s different about that relationship than someone that s not referring you Do your clients know you re taking on new business If they answer no it s time to reevaluate your marketing strategies 2 Tracking Your Success A large part of a good marketing plan s success is having goals It is important that you set realistic goals for yourself and then track them When tracking there are some numbers that are more important than others One example is conversion rates There are a number of services that can assist you in tracking Use link trackers to see how your content travels over the web and when where your content is shared and utilised It s also important to track connections via various social networking sites to determine when traffic grows or slows down This will help you to determine where and when your content is viewed the most and therefore where you should focus your efforts Additionally email marketing is one of the most effective strategies used by freelancers It s important when creating a campaign that you ensure that you let any potential clients know what you have to offer Keep in mind tracking these campaigns is as important if not more as creating them You want to keep track of your open click bounce and unsubscribe rates This will assist you in determining what is working in terms of subject lines content and campaign times 3 Organisation The best way to ensure your marketing success is to remain organised Getting all the information above does nothing unless you have a system to make sure that this data is useful to you It s imperative that you keep up with inputting data into your system Set aside time once a week for this process to ensure it gets done Spreadsheets and charts can be a great way for you to view your data These formats makes it easy for you to understand where you may have issues and then decide how best to solve them Having this information handy is good for other purposes too For example communicating this information to potential clients in a way that they can understand will help you to convey you know what you re talking about and how you can best help them 4 Have a Fluid Plan Marketing is not something that is planned and done just once It s an activity that should become part of an ongoing process As you find what works and what doesn t it s important that you remain flexible and open to making changes to your plan These modifications may be large or small depending on your

    Original URL path: http://www.ukwda.org/blog/4-ways-to-ensure-your-marketing-plan-is-working (2016-02-18)
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  • When to Cut Your Losses and Dump a Client - UKWDA
    do so perhaps you should take them as a sign 1 Before the Relationship With a Prospective Client Even Begins I once lost a writing client before I even started working for them They wanted three post ideas in specific categories along with a turnaround time listed in my pitch I provided the requirements in addition to a few samples and the client liked what he saw the job was mine I asked a few clarification questions before getting started and was a little too inquisitive it turns out as he revoked the offer I m a communicator by nature and feel strongly that the more I can learn up front in what a client is looking for the more work and frustration I can save us both as the project continues Other people may not need as many details to get started but it s just how I roll 2 When You Outgrow the Account Outgrowing a client could mean that your rates have risen above what they are willing to pay or your skills have progressed beyond what you have been doing for them Or it could be when they suck more of your time and energy than is warranted by the fee they pay you Either way it s a sign to dump the client 3 When the Client s Demands Continue to Rise or They Are Indecisive A freelancer friend shares about the only time she s broken up with a client I ve only dumped one client She loved every single version of her website that I did but after three days she would come back with 100 million revisions that devolved it into a copy of someone else s website that she suddenly loved Three days after that she would hate the whole thing and want a completely new version This went on for six drafts Until I finally said enough and told her I couldn t work with her anymore She asked for a refund I laughed Never be afraid to nip scope creep in the bud and agree in advance when and how key decisions will be made If the rules are broken don t hesitate to act decisively You ll thank your sanity for it 4 When You Dread Seeing an Email Pop Up From a Particular Client This is closely linked with when you d rather not be paid than work for the client Or when fantasizing about dumping the client is the best part of your day If you re losing sleep over working with a certain someone It could well be time to move on 5 When a Client Makes You Doubt Your Chosen Profession Entirely I get that not everyone is going to like the product you put out It s okay not to please everyone every time However if a client s unfounded dissatisfaction makes you contemplate quitting the work you love to do it means you re probably just not a match Unless they have

    Original URL path: http://www.ukwda.org/blog/when-to-cut-your-losses-and-dump-a-client (2016-02-18)
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  • The Dangers of Freelance Bidding Sites – What You Need to Know - UKWDA
    often nothing you can do if they steal from you Programmers hackers and online agitators may disagree but if you have just spent the week working on a client s project and have discovered you will not be paid you cannot afford to go on a week long online revenge campaign as satisfying as it might be At least with a bidding site you get to see if a member is a new member and if they have reviews and ratings from other people There are also typically escrow systems in place your payment is secured before you start working Importantly you can report people who are difficult to work with for whatever reason and it usually actually means something on these sites The Bad Using a freelance bidding site is near the top of the list for many people trying to build a career online and they can be a good way to get started But just because they are the lesser of several evils does not mean you should be blind to their faults Here are some of the issues that may affect you sooner rather than later Competition There is always competition from developing countries on freelance bidding sites and they have learned to enter their home country as the USA Canada or the UK They can afford to work for a pittance and clients honestly believe that the rate they are offering must be the going rate because there are so many people offering to work for a pittance Clients Can Be Wary When it comes down to it freelancers are typically ripped off and messed around more than the clients are but it still happens to the client For example they might hire someone from the UK with a low rate to write a single web page and it turns out he is a Middle Eastern teenager that has copied and pasted Amazon s source code It affects long time clients on freelance sites they can be downright suspicious and are unlikely to afford you much slack Clients Want a Lot for a Little You will see hundreds of jobs posted where they offer the worst possible pay rate imaginable and then demand a swift deadline and high quality One may think it is bluster or that it is them trying to keep the flies off but they are deadly serious You Have to Work for a Positive Review Are you are freelancer being messed around or ripped off Tough Your client is going to make you dance like a monkey at a circus because if you don t he or she will give you a bad review It is okay for the client because he or she can create a new profile but you may have spent months building up a great reputation and perfect reviews Many freelancers are held hostage by their reviews and the more nefarious clients know it Conclusion Freelance sites are a good starting point for a fresh new freelancer

    Original URL path: http://www.ukwda.org/blog/the-dangers-of-freelance-bidding-sites-what-you-need-to-know (2016-02-18)
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  • Is Your Freelance Website Letting You Down? - UKWDA
    take Instead show prospective clients your very best the cream of your work and they will assume it is your standard It is far better to show 3 fantastic designs than 30 mediocre ones Don t Get Too Ambitious With Your Design You may want to thrill people with your design prowess but do it with your portfolio and not your actual website design Your design actually needs to be relatively generic Why Because you don t want to alienate a huge swathe of your potential client base by appealing only to a certain subset For example if your design is very retro and cool you are going to put off all the people that want a more conservative or modern design Dress to Impress Having said the above you should use your website as an opportunity to showcase your design chops just make sure you do it in a tasteful and relatively generic manner Look at it this way your site s job is ultimately to show people what you re capable of but that should be done more by showcasing your diverse portfolio than turning your own site into a virtual fireworks display Like I ve already said your site should act as a shop window but that doesn t mean that you can t put it in a stylish frame to make the goods look even better Get to the Point Prospective clients will have probably seen a lot of web designer s sites by the time they hit yours They re likely to make a decision as to whether to explore your site further within the first few seconds which is why you should get straight to the point There are many ways in which you can do this but some kind of compelling call to

    Original URL path: http://www.ukwda.org/blog/is-your-freelance-website-letting-you-down (2016-02-18)
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