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How UX Thinking Helped Sell A $60k Agency Project

So often we think of UX design as a thing you do after a web or app design proposal gets approved. It’s just part of the process, right? That’s true, but UX thinking can also be used to help sell a design project. In fact, I recently helped a small design agency close a $60k […]

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Consistency In 2019

Happy New Year! I hope you and yours are enjoying a lovely holiday season. This year I took last week off completely for the first time in a long time. I hope you did the same. Rest and Recharge If you can swing it, I highly recommend a solid break from all things work at […]

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The Art Of Estimating UX Projects

One of my UX coaching clients recently asked me about estimating UX projects. In this post I’ll share what’s worked best for me along with a free template file you can use for your own projects. Consulting work is usually billed on a time and materials basis. You come up with an hourly rate and […]

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How To Find Freelance UX Jobs

If you’re just starting out as a freelance UX designer, you may wonder what kinds of freelance UX jobs are out there. Here’s a list of strategies and tactics that have worked for me and some of my colleagues over the last 10 years. I hope it helps you find your next freelance UX gig. […]

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Digital Agency Show Podcast: How To Be An Agency Of One

I’m thrilled to be featured on The Digital Agency Show podcast with Brent Weaver from Ugurus. In this episode Brent and I discuss what it takes to be an “Agency of One” solopreneur and how to make a full time income on a part time schedule. Show Highlights Why going back to a “real” job vs. growing my consulting business wasn’t an […]

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Freelance Tips: Sailing Through The January Lull

If you’re a freelance UX designer or consultant, you may have just experienced the “January Lull”. It’s when you’re waiting to start work on a big project at the beginning of the year. Here’s how to not only survive, but thrive during this time. The January Lull is typical for corporate web design projects. In December or early […]

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