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Let’s consider an equation, where A is success and B is your freelance enterprise or small business. Then: A – B represents everything that’s currently going wrong with your company.

For designers who just started a small agency, most of the issues turn out to be of an administrative nature. Creative people just aren’t very skilled at tackling the managerial challenges that arise when they’re launching their first business.

Here’s how you keep a healthy company: you recruit web apps that help you manage time + finances + projects, and which boost your e-mail marketing campaigns, form building, and file sharing.

Invoicing and Financial Apps

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Everybody wants to get to the very top, but not all entrepreneurs are willing to find out exactly what that entails, and then put in the effort to get closer to their goal, inch by inch. In a sense, that explains why some small companies register big financial losses instead of making profit. That being said, there are several cloud-based apps that can sort out your accounting issues.
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  • Anyone who is familiar using WordPress should know it’s one of the most popular CMS engines to date. Learning the basics of theme development can be exciting and even quite fun. But with time even the brightest developers can hit a wall trying to learn everything. WordPress is a tremendous library and requires a lot of time to master.

    Once you understand the the basics of WP development everything gets a whole lot more interesting. You can start to build very complex plugins, functions, interface features, and customizations for the backend admin panel. Check out these great tutorials which focus on more advanced WordPress topics for web developers.

    Better WP APIs and Libraries

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    Coding websites is a long tedious process and there’s always more to learn. Why not make the job a little easier by writing code with an Integrated Development Environment? These programs(IDE for short) have syntax highlighting and many other features which expedite the coding process. This post features 11 web development programs which span the gamut of Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

    Visual Studio Express

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    Have you ever wanted to jump into the backend world of PHP programming? Frontend web development uses a whole different set of skills to construct a website layout. But PHP tackles everything from form submissions to database queries. WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal, and many other CMS engines are built on PHP.

    To get started all you need is some time and a bit of patience. WAMP and MAMP are free PHP-enabled local servers for Windows and Mac, respectively. Once you get this local environment setup it’s quite easy to dive right into PHP and start building fun dynamic web applications.

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    Not every creative studio needs to be a small business running with a team of employees in some rented office space. Even a 1-person or 2-person team can turn into a successful creative agency. It does take a lot of work to land clients and persevere through tough times – so getting started on the right track is absolutely essential. Read through these articles to understand the importance of management and creative design work from the perspective of a studio.

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    Take advantage of this opportunity to win an 11inch MackBook Air and 1 of the 10 Epic Bundles: $20,048 worth of Top-Quality Resources ñ From $49! Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Although somewhat of an offbeat concept, storing your documents in WordPress can provide a number of benefits. PDFs and other types of documents(Word, Excel, PowerPoint) can be quickly shared with others who need access to certain information. Google Drive provides a cloud-based approach but it’s not a completely private solution.

    There aren’t too many plugins available with this direct functionality. However the plugins which are out there have some of the best interfaces imaginable. Take a look over this collection and see if you can find any valuable resources to handle online document storage in WordPress.

    BSK PDF Manager

    bsk pdf manager plugin open source

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    If you have any practice with backend languages then you should know something about Rails. It’s often regarded as a cleaner language compared to PHP and is often faster to build working applications from scratch. Even if you have no experience doing backend work, this set of tutorials will provide a quick and easy starting point in the world of RoR.

    Introduction to RoR

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    It seems as though 3D is quickly becoming the new 2D in digital design. This pattern has moved from the big screen onto smaller screens for the web. With a growing number of CSS/JS libraries for animation it has become easier to render objects right within the browser.

    These tutorials should provide an excellent introduction to CSS3 and JavaScript oriented animation. If you’ve never coded your own custom page animations then this will take a bit of practice. But with time the whole process will become like second nature.

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    Remember when the original NES was released decades ago? I know the older readers can remember those days fondly. Graphics and coding techniques have improved dramatically over the past few decades. It’s remarkable how we can now build in-browser games without reliance on 3rd party companies. If you know anything about JavaScript and wish to delve further into game development, these tuts were made for you.

    I’ve collected everything from getting started to more advanced JS libraries and general tips/tricks for browser game development. This post has something for everyone and it’s never been easier to get your toes wet in the proverbial pool of Internet gaming.

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