Archive for Month: January 2018

Web Design project for local matched betting company

Working with a close friend and business partner we are delighted to announce the launch of Bonus Bagger. A matched betting company that has for a long time helped its customers make money at home by utilizing services like oddsmonkey and profit accumulator. The site is a blog site that is dedicated to offering free information to all about betting ang bonus hunting.

This industry has exploded in the UK and is starting to take off world wide. The ability to exploit bookie bonuses to make a risk free profit has unsurprisingly been very popular. People like gambling but they like a guaranteed win even more and that is what matched betting can offer you.

It can sound complicated to newbies and that is where Bonus Bagger comes in. They outline just how easy it is to make money at home using the methods described. There is no risk to funds which is a big concern to many people. Gambling will never pay off long term but matched betting will pay off every time. We hadn’t heard of this industry when we got started on this blog project but once we were done we were keen bettors ourselves and have been making some nice pocket money from following their guides and instructions. So check out the site and let us know what you think of the design but also read the articles and perhaps give matched betting a go yourself and see if you too can make some easy money. There is no ifs or buts about it, if you decide to take part you will make money. It’s just a question of how much time and effort you are willing to invest.

This project was a customized WordPress theme designed to the customers requirements and specifications. It allows the customer to quickly and easily post detailed articles while building a customer email list that allows them to re-target their visitors with special offers and bonuses.  Bonus Bagger were delighted with the result and we were glad of that as they work in the offices next to ours!

How Much Web Design can Cost

Maybe this is the first question that all professionals ask when they start to face real life, and a client asks for a quote. How much should I charge? And it’s not an easy question to answer since the price differences in similar jobs can be outrageous, primarily considering the designer and the client.

Therefore, perhaps the first thing is to situate ourselves in the market as professionals and know who we are targeting, what our clients are or can be.

One of the ways to value the price is to try to make us a formula that allows us to establish a valid price for our work :

Determining our hourly wage: (Costs + Salary) / Hours worked per year = at a rate per hour. Using this formula, if we want to earn 60,000 euros a year, and spend 10,000 Euros a year on hosting, stock photo/videos, sources, software … and if we usually work 40 hours a week (2,000 hours a year) every hour would be ( 10,000 + 60,000) / 2,000 = 35 Euros Or Dollars/hrs. This will be a determining pricing measure when we develop a project budget. Personally, I think the hourly price is quite reasonable.

Develop base prices for various types of projects, those that we can usually face.

And prices with an additional requirement, thinking about those customers who ask us to add something special.

To better clarify how we can set these rates for our work, we recommend reading this post.

Often there are many steps we have to take to grow as professionals and we can consider establishing ourselves as freelance designers, some of those steps can also be small or big stumbling blocks that we will have to consider as part of the process of professional and personal growth. The following steps will help you:

Calculate the costs.

We often think that we will simply have to connect the computer and start working without more, but all work involves not only a professional effort, but a previous investment effort to start the activity, as well as maintenance costs. We will have to consider this and have an impact on the work we do.

For example, the standard thing is that we have a web page of our own, a domain name and our web hosting. We should also have at least some views cards, as well as small stationery for communication with our customers. Currently, many of the conversations are purely digital, so we can save many items that were previously made on paper.

One of the issues that we will have to consider for the start of our activity is where we will work, will we work from home or will we have a specific work site ?. Working from home is becoming more common and has many advantages, although we can not always have the right conditions for it. Before launching ourselves to rent a studio of our own, we can continuously assess – especially in large cities – the possibility of Coworking, which will allow us not only to reduce our costs but also to share a space and experiences with other freelancers and entrepreneurs. But attention, that everything has its advantages and disadvantages.

Other non-negligible costs that we will have to consider is telephony, travel, hardware and software equipment and TAXES, at least. I recommend reading this post by Carlos Azaustre (web developer) that indicates the steps and tax obligations that a freelance has as a freelance worker.

What do we call it?

Basically, we have two possibilities for the denomination: make our name a brand or create a name/brand that we consider to be more representative of our activity or style as well as being more recognizable.

Many designers use their name as a brand, which gives a more humanistic touch and makes customers more clear that it is an individual, with everything that may have positive or negative in some moments.

In general terms, some of the criteria for the names should be: Short, easy to pronounce, not offensive in any language, preferably with positive connotations, recordable …

The visual system must be: unique, reflecting the characteristics of the company, timeless, easy to reproduce in all kinds of materials and sizes, combinable with other symbols and brands, flexible, appropriate for different circumstances and acceptable to all cultures and religions.

Usually the designer considers the elaboration of a logo from a name. As well as the use of the name with some abstract and straightforward indicative. The incorporation of some humanistic element is recommended.

Some Principles That A Name Must Fulfill

  • It must be different, memorable and original.
  • Communicate at least one objective of the company’s image.
  • Be linguistically clear and transcultural.
  • Be futuristic in style and international in its scope.
  • Be attractive to the customer.
  • Reflect creativity and awaken curiosity.
  • Be patented -or be able to be- so it can be used internationally.
  • Lack of legal threats
  • Lack of adverse connotations or new potential meanings.
  • We are the ones who have the freedom to decide, you know, “the child is mine and what I have seen”.

Make it official.

In our country, it seems that there is a specific attachment to the economy of the submerged and it is not surprising if we consider the number of burdens that an independent worker has, that which seems to be the scapegoat for all the ills of this country, which he pays

Being autonomous in Spain is not precisely [Link blocked by the Spanish AEDE Rate], but if you are doing work without being registered, you are part of the underground economy and therefore illegal, for which you are exposed to fines and essential sanctions.

Despite everything, the crisis took a series of measures to encourage registration and reduce the costs of Social Security, so that currently has reduced the fee for new self-employed, which is 50 Euros per month.

In conclusion, for the question, do I become autonomous or do I remain “in the shade”? It is best to read about it and clear up some doubts.

Have an online portfolio or portfolio online.

Having a portfolio is essential since it shows what you do, your style and what you can expect from your work. And if it is essential to have it, the most important thing is to make it known through all the online media that we can. That is, in addition to the website, we must have a presence on different social networks and create a professional profile in them. What means or systems are adequate? All those that we believe may be relevant because of the relationships that we can establish in them, because of the fundamental theme and the means we work or because of how comfortable we are with them: that is, if your work is primarily photography, you should be at least on Instagram or Flickr, although that does not mean you do not have a presence in more generalist networks where you can also make your work known, such as Facebook or Twitter, for example. For a designer it is also essential to have the presence in Behance, both to see and to show.

What if I do not have a portfolio? Getting hold of a collection is essential, even if we do not have a professional career. If we lack jobs or we are not very convinced of the positions we have, we can always develop our projects, those situations that we want to do and that we face with enthusiasm. We can also introduce ourselves to some competitions that we consider are not abusive or collaborate with some associations or professionals for an almost symbolic price, which allows us to have some first clients and start with that professional portfolio.

The portfolio must be something alive that the designer must carry out continuously and adapt it to the presentations that he wants to make, depending on what he wants to highlight from his work. A portfolio for a professional is always a work in progress.

We have to sell ourselves.

Freelance designers not only have to design but learn to sell their work. We must learn to market and promote our creative talents, both in a job in a company or if we have opted to have our design studio.

No one will come looking for us if we do not do everything possible to publicize our work and what we can do for our potential clients. We will have to make an effort to know what we can offer -be aware of our strengths and weaknesses-, who may be interested and how we can reach our potential client.

Some principles that a name must fulfill:

  • It must be different, memorable and original.
  • Communicate at least one objective of the company’s image.
  • Be linguistically clear and transcultural.
  • Be futuristic in style and international in its scope.
  • Be attractive to the customer.
  • Reflect creativity and awaken curiosity.
  • Be patented -or be able to be- so it can be used internationally.
  • Lack of legal threats
  • Lack of adverse connotations or new potential meanings.
  • We are the ones who have the freedom to decide, you know, “the child is mine and what I have seen”.

Make it official.

In our country, it seems that there is a specific attachment to the economy of the submerged and it is not surprising if we consider the number of burdens that an independent worker has, that which seems to be the scapegoat for all the ills of this country, which he pays

Being autonomous in Spain is not precisely [Link blocked by the Spanish AEDE Rate], but if you are doing work without being registered, you are part of the underground economy and therefore illegal, for which you are exposed to fines and essential sanctions.

Despite everything, the crisis took a series of measures to encourage registration and reduce the costs of Social Security, so that currently has reduced the fee for new self-employed, which is 50 Euros per month.

In conclusion, for the question, do I become autonomous or do I remain “in the shade”? It is best to read about it and clear up some doubts.

Have an online portfolio or portfolio online.

Having a portfolio is essential since it shows what you do, your style and what you can expect from your work. And if it is essential to have it, the most important thing is to make it known through all the online media that we can. That is, in addition to the website, we must have a presence on different social networks and create a professional profile in them. What means or systems are adequate? All those that we believe may be relevant because of the relationships that we can establish in them, because of the fundamental theme and the means we work or because of how comfortable we are with them: that is, if your work is primarily photography, you should be at least on Instagram or Flickr, although that does not mean you do not have a presence in more generalist networks where you can also make your work known, such as Facebook or Twitter, for example. For a designer it is also essential to have the presence in Behance, both to see and to show.

What if I do not have a portfolio? Getting hold of a collection is essential, even if we do not have a professional career. If we lack jobs or we are not very convinced of the positions we have, we can always develop our projects, those situations that we want to do and that we face with enthusiasm. We can also introduce ourselves to some competitions that we consider are not abusive or collaborate with some associations or professionals for an almost symbolic price, which allows us to have some first clients and start with that professional portfolio.

The portfolio must be something alive that the designer must carry out continuously and adapt it to the presentations that he wants to make, depending on what he wants to highlight from his work. A portfolio for a professional is always a work in progress.

We have to sell ourselves.

Freelance designers not only have to design but learn to sell their work. We must learn to market and promote our creative talents, both in a job in a company or if we have opted to have our design studio.

No one will come looking for us if we do not do everything possible to publicize our work and what we can do for our potential clients. We will have to make an effort to know what we can offer -be aware of our strengths and weaknesses-, who may be interested and how we can reach our potential client.