A lot of y'all have personal sites. Personal sites with portfolios. Or you work for or own an agency where showing off the work you do is arguably even more important. Often the portfolio area of a site is the most fretted and hard to pull off. Do you link to the live projects? Screenshots? How many? How much do you say? How much of the process do people care about?
We're not going to be looking at CSS in this post but we are going to talk about tricks for taking paid vacations when no one is paying you to take time off. I suspect that there are a number of us in the front-end development community who face similar situations and addressing is one way we can figure it out together and hopefully glean ideas that make our work-life balance much healthier.
For all you freelancers out there, Jessica Hische has written some copy to help you articulate saying no to things you should be saying no to.
I’ve created this handy tool to help you say “no” to free and low-budget work and to help ask for more favorable contract terms before the start of a project.
Steven Trwoga wrote to me with a perfectly reasonable question:
I have an idea for a website I would like to have built. I believe it would fall into the category of "large project".
I have spoken with, and been quoted by some web design agencies in the UK. However I am not convinced by what I am being told in terms of what can be built and cost.
I have no experience in web design, but I have spent a lot of time reading to help me grasp what can be done and to get a sense of the scale of the project.
I find it to be a minefield trying to find a web designer (or team) by just using search engines.
What advice could we give Steven?