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Adobe Illustrator Tips & Tricks + A free PDF of my favorite shortcuts!

April 18, 2017

Adobe Illustrator is my go-to program for creating vector graphics. I’ve been working with this program for about 7 years now and am still constantly learning new things. The possibilities are pretty endless! It’s such a powerful design tool and I don’t know where I would be without it. Today, I’m going to be sharing some Illustrator tips and a few of my favorite shortcuts that were all pretty life changing when I first learned about them. As a bonus, I included a PDF of my favorite shortcuts that you can download and keep handy whenever you are working in Illustrator. This list includes 35 shortcuts that will save you a ton of time, especially, if you are new to... View Article

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10 Amazing WordPress Plugins to Immediately Improve Your Website

March 30, 2017

If you use the WordPress platform for your website, then you probably know how powerful plugins can be. You can find a plugin for just about anything! However, it is important to install quality plugins that will help improve the functionality of your site and won’t cause any compatibility issues. Here are a few WordPress plugins that I use, on just about every site that I design. They are all reliable, easy to use, and will instantly improve the quality of your website. W3 Total Cache Every site needs some kind of caching solution to ensure that it loads quickly. If your hosting company doesn’t already provide this service, then give W3 Total Cache a try. The plugin is very... View Article

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5 Things I Did Before I Quit My Day Job

March 13, 2017

Starting your own business is a lot of work. If it’s something you’re really passionate about though, then its definitely worth it! I went from working for myself to a full-time design job, and back to freelancing, all within a 5 year time period. For me, nothing beat being my own boss and having the flexibility to work the hours that I choose. I finally took the leap into full-time entrepreneurship and I’m not turning back this time around. If you’re interested in working for yourself then keep reading to discover the 5 things that I did before quitting my day job. I Did the Math The first thing I did before transitioning from side hustle to full-time entrepreneur was to... View Article

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I Quit My Day Job: My First Week of Freelancing

March 2, 2017

I know I’ve been very quiet on the blog recently but I’ve been working really hard behind the scenes. I’m excited to announce that I quit my day job and I’m going to be working on Jules Design full time! Yay! I’m so excited that this is finally happening after all of my hard work and dedication to making this dream a reality. I still have a long way to go but its so liberating to take that first step into entrepreneurship. I should probably mention that this actually isn’t my first time taking the leap into full-time freelancing. A couple of years ago, in 2011, I started Jules Design and worked on my business full time until 2014. I... View Article

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How to Create a Successful Design Proposal

December 19, 2016

Before I create a proposal, I always start by getting to know my potential client. I ask them a few specific questions to determine if we will work well together and if I’m the right person for the job. If I’m really excited about the project then I know it will be a great fit! My next step is to send them my media kit with more information about my design process and pricing. This is also a good time to jump on the phone or connect via Skype to ensure that we are both clear on all of the details before I create the proposal. This is the final step in the process before a contract is signed and... View Article

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