Critical Mistakes Freelancers Make by Smashing Magazine

A new post by Robert Bowen from Smashing magazine submitted on November 28th 2009

The post described how freelancers are making mistakes on their freelancing process. A good post freelancers should read.

This post already been ranked around 4.79 out of 5 with 43 comments. Writer had given more than 8 key common mistakes that freelancers do.

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Display Twitter profile picture on wordpress comments

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Well this title is not new to some of wordpress blogger. Since I started blogging (to be honest very new), hovering those entire beautiful blog site existed, I always wondered how they can manage Twiiter avater in their comment area. Did they built their own plug-in or there might be a web service by twitter? While searching on goggle I got some blog post on SmashingMagazine and in WpBeginner, both described step by step approach towards your twitter based avatar for wordpress. Plugin named “Twittar” by SmashingMagazine and Ricardo Sousa. You can have a look at that post here.

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But I found one in WordPress Plugin website name “Twitter Avatar” developed by BusinessXpand.com and author Thomas McGregor. It allows user to post there twitter username while they submit their comments. Below I will give some features and show how you can install this plugin to your wordpress theme.

What this “Twitter Avatar” do?

Twitter-avatar

That picture tells everything, isn’t it?? Yes, you can have an additional text field for your commenter to submit their twitter username. Moreover it will show links to their twitter profile next to comment. Needless to say default avatar will be replaced by that twit commenter as well.
I personally liked it because it is customizable. You can give additional Css styling yourself which will fit with your designed template.

How to install?

Only problem I found with this problem is “You have open comment.php and insert some code” apart from that this plugin is fine. Well here we start…

  1. Download the plugin to your wordpress plugin folder ex: www.myblog.comwp-contentplugins
  2. Go to your dashboard click plugins
  3. Activate the plugin
  4. Go to edit themes and click on “comment.php
  5. There you will find
    <?php wp_list_comments(); ?>
  6. Replace that with this code:
    <?php ( function_exists('twitter_comment') ?
    'twitter_comment' : null ), 'avatar_size' => 96 ) ); ?>
  7. Again in the same file find this block :
    <?php else : ?>
    
    <p><input type="text" name="author" id="author" value="<?php
    echo $comment_author; ?>" size="22" tabindex="1" <?php if ($req)
    echo "aria-required='true'"; ?> />
    <label for="author"><small>Name <?php if ($req)
     echo "(required)"; ?></small></label></p>
    
    <p><input type="text" name="email" id="email" value="<?php echo $comment_author_email; ?>" size="22" tabindex="2" <?php if ($req)
    echo "aria-required='true'"; ?> />
    <label for="email"><small>Mail (will not be published) <?php if ($req) echo "(required)"; ?></small></label></p>
    
    <p><input type="text" name="url" id="url" value="<?php echo $comment_author_url; ?>" size="22" tabindex="3" />
    <label for="url"><small>Website</small></label></p>
    
    <?php endif; ?>
  8. Just Bellow this code insert the following code:
    <p><input type="text" name="author_twitter" id="author_twitter" value="<?php echo (isset($_COOKIE['author_twitter' . COOKIEHASH]) ? $_COOKIE['author_twitter' . COOKIEHASH] : '' );?>" size="15" tabindex="4" />
    <label for="url"><small>Twitter Username</small></label></p>

Important : Don’t give your avatar size more than 90 pixel because this plugin can only work under 90 pixel image size avatar.

Well that’s it. You may find out a Twitter Avatar option in your dashboard, you can give some value there but I will recommend give the avatar size in your css style file.

6 useful posts freelancers should read and follow

As a freelancer I always look for advice from expert, as a result online was one of my most seeking resource so far. But it was not blog at all! Because I thought that bog writing might not give you anything extra in your development process. But I was wrong. It’s not very long since I am blog-holic. Now I follow resourceful blogs and post more than before. Moreover few blog posts changed my way of work and approach towards my freelance aspiration. Now I am following more than 14 blogs and some of their post are really driven me a lot. I just like to share 6 useful posts for freelancers that I found so far.

I have chosen these 6 post from 3 major blogs running online for freelance designers and developers. Those are Smashingmagazine, Freelancefolder and Reencoded.

1.The roadmap to becoming a professional freelance web designer – by SmashingMagazine:

become professional freelance web develper

This post is written by Kayala Knight. One of my favorite and to be honest it helps me a lot to start step-by-step. In this post you will find not only the steps for the starter but will get some checklists for current freelance professionals, who are already in the business. Visit original Source>

2. How to become freelance web developer - by Freelance Folder

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My second favorite and the post is written by Amber. The post explains some key points and steps that a freelancer should follow. Freelancing is not a one or two month’s job; it is simply a common practice that freelancers should do all his professional life. In this article you will find a 6 month schedule and t do list starting from Month 1 t 6. Visit original Source>

3. Freelance guide building customer loyalty – Reencoded

freelance guide customer loyalty

With 5 different sections Michael Frankland suggested few facts of paying attention to customer loyalty. Customer loyalty and retaining customer services is the backbone of any business. It is better to work with current customer rather than seeking new customer, because with current long term business can build the forecasting scenario of your business.  Visit original source>

4. How to build ultimate job finding dashboard with iGoogle – Freelance Folder

iGoogle Job Dashboard

iGoogle itself is a great UI where you can include daily usefull gadgets, chat with friends, checking emails, news notification and many more. In this post author Mason Hipp describe how we can use iGoogle as a well formatted job finding board. Visit original source>

5. Freelance contracts : Do’s and Don’ts – By Smashingmagazine

freelance contract

What we should do and shouldn’t, when we sit down for a contract sign? Well that is pretty much sorted out by author Robert Bowen. The article will be useful for freelancers as it pointed basic structure of a contract as well as what terms we should include. Visit original Source>

6. Four freelancing mistakes you don’t need to make – Freelance Folder

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In freelancing world mistake is a very common fact. “Well doing mistake, by mistake, will be mistake if we don’t learn from our previous mistakes!!!!” Glen Allsopp the author clarified some points here, where most of them are true facts with our working pattern. This post is a must read… Visit original post>

You were reading the article “6 useful posts freelancers should read and follow”. You will so many other post which will be helpful as well, But these 6 post help me a lot and thats why i am inspired to share with you.

304 free fonts for web designers!

free fonts

I like to thank Stumble first for letting me know about this website : TypeNow

I just visited this site and really impressed with its fonts collection. Around 304 different fonts for you and absolutely free! Most amazing thing is that these are fonts from popular TV, Movie, Cartoon, restaurant, comic, food, beverage items brands. Well to me it is a good resource lets see how much you can find it …. below i am just trying to show what sort of fonts you will get from TypeNow!!

TV/Movie Related Fonts

Well, you will find around 145 movie fonts that been used in famous movies before.

Music/ Band font

62 different fonts from famous music Band :

bonjovi

linkinpark

Games related font

41 free fonts from different Games series and game consoles

Miscellaneous

56 more fonts from car brand, foods, restaurant and many more….

hondafont

dodge

You can download all the fonts from this link : TypeNow

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304 Free fonts for web designers

Common characteristics of an Entrepreneur

Freelancing is becoming more attractive to individual expert these days and most of them want to be self sufficient or just taking this sector as adding extra earning to their monthly bank statement. But freelancers’ as an Entrepreneur is little different than so called freelancing. An entrepreneur, the character itself is more complex and they do have some identity that separates them from others.

Yes there are so many professional freelancers in the market, who are making money, and some of them are really shining in their own field, but it doesn’t mean they are successful entrepreneur. I personally know some experts in IT who works as part-time freelancer but they do not have the mentality which is needed to become a self driven identity that work for something new, innovative and encourage others to follow the way he made.

Well I cannot break down exact view but can discuss the common characters that an entrepreneur should have:

Etrepreneur

Entrepreneur

Innovative

They are innovative. Please do not mix innovation with invention. We often think that innovator is some sort of scientist who works all the daylong in his lab to invent something new to world. But the idea is to modify an existing concept in such way that is adopted by target groups and works for them.

For example MySpace came out before Facebook but facebook is more popular than MySpace, though both of these sites wasn’t the first SNS (social networking service) on web. Friendster was the orginal social networking site. But if we look at Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, we can easily get the differentiate he made between services, an adoption by the people. Well there might be a debate about previous statement but I am just trying to explain the terms of innovation.

Workload

Workload

They Take risk!!

Essence of competition is that the outcome is uncertain, and hence the element of risk is the characteristic of entrepreneur is RISK TAKER. Doubtless they do have great degree of self-believe and they are self motivated and these qualities are essential part of makeup. If you have a look at corporation like big corporate, their attitude in the market is more or less same. Entrepreneur in comparison never lose their appetite for new challenges whatever it comes through. It might seem they are depending on their luck or they are just betting with control.

Entrepreneur are expected to be suffered and setback and failures as a part of the process. They follow the fundamental rules “higher the risk greater the return expected”. It often happens in majority that they do have ability to shake off failure and start with new venture from very beginning and whatever resources they do have. The simplification is they do not fear failure.

Head Heat!

Head Heat!

Workaholics

In any case work needs to be done. Sometimes it pays a lot but it is the believe they carry and that makes them different. They love work and they run towards goal forgetting other things. They do have capacity to work exceptionally hard and long. Well it is not stimulation for a short burst; it is the ability to work at same pace constantly. Moreover 24/7 working hours is quite less for these successful individuals.

Judgment and Management power

‘An excellent candidate’ will be the conclusion of such individual. An entrepreneur employ such people for them self who can constantly provide his needs. He knows how to get the work from them. They should have good people judgment quality. In many cases they can feel the pressure more than other and can take appropriate decision with proper calculation.

A self-disciplined entrepreneur recognized the need for the following:

  • Personal time management
  • Systematic communication with the key individual
  • Reliability of behavior
  • Moderation of style

The entrepreneur use very informal and direct lines of management in terms of business management. But to be a successful container he keep some other hands like professional trained managers with who take care of his lacking. He always maintains the strength of the working team constantly to insure productivity and development pace. Most of the time entrepreneurs are unconventional and untrained, which occurs problem with their management team to collaborate.

Summary

It may seem that I tried to find out the negative sides of an entrepreneur but I just explained the common characters of risk takers. To be successful an entrepreneur needs to succeed as a manager if he really needs to achieve his goal.