Why everyone can and should blog

For not that many years ago, it was considered very difficult and only for the most tech-savvy people to create a new website on the internet. It was quite hard to start an account at a hosting provider, and it was very difficult to create the website and to get it in place on the web server. And if you had something of value to write about, it was hard to know what the visitors thought about what you had written about. Very few of your visitors emailed you about what you had written on the website.

But the times has changed. Now we have all the blogging platforms, which makes all the hard work very simple for us. You can start a new blog with just a few clicks on the mouse, and the visitors can comment directly on the website for both you and other visitors to read and comment back to them. You don’t have to know any programming language to make a new post on your blog, and you can easily style your website with different themes without ever touching the source code of the website.

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My new book about freelancing is out

My new book about Starting freelancing as a web designer is starting to sell over at Leanpub today. I have been writing on this book on and off for a few months now, so it feels good that it is finished now. It’s an easy to digest guide for the aspiring freelancer. Hopefully it will answer all your question about starting to freelance.

Read more about it here.

Head over to Leanpub and buy your ex of the book now. =)

Cover image of my new book Start Freelancing.

Virtual Assistant for a freelancing web designer?

At the moment, I’m reading Timothy Ferriss excellent book “The 4-Hour Workweek
“. It’s a very inspiring book, and I hope to be able to implement as many of Tim’s ideas as possible in the future. I have been thinking about the Virtual Assistant-thing. What is the best way for a freelancing web developer to use a VA? Is it possible to use a VA in a good way when freelancing in the web design-world?

Sure, I can use a VA to handle all invoices and that stuff, and some of the marketing. But is it possible to use the VA in another way? to get new customers? What’s your take on this?

Book Review: The 7 Day Startup

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I have just finished reading a very interesting book. Its “The 7 Day Startup“, by Dan Norris.

Its a quite short book, ~200 pages, about launching up a profitable business in a week.

Dan Norris has been in the web design business for many years, and started up several businesses, but they have never really taken off like he wanted. In this book he describes how he had one week to start up a new business and make it profitable before he had to start making something completely different instead. When he started up WPCurve.com, which was a really big hit. The book tell his story, and gives a plan for what to do every day during the week of the launch. After reading the book you can get some nice resources on the website for the book too.

It’s an easy to read book, and it gives a lot of good information. It sure has changed my planing for my next big project. I’m not sure if I will make my launch in 7 days, but I have got some good points in planing my next launch from the book.

I can highly recommend this book for everyone thinking about launching some kind of business on the internet.