Want to move up the job ladder? Looking for more clients as a freelancer? Just want more of a challenge or more money? Well it's not hard at all, it just takes the right work ethic and motivation.
It also takes some time. Simply making more money, working less, and being an all around designer extraordinaire can't come instantly. You have to work your way up to that level. In this post, I share 5 incredible ways to supercharge your design efforts and improve immensely in a productive manner.
Own Your Field
Whether you specialize in web design or are an incredible illustrator, you better own it. Show people you are epic at what you do. Display passion in all your work. Most importantly back up your big talk with big game. You know you have the talent to own it, find a way to show that to your clients and/or boss, and you are already moving in the right direction.
Now not everyone can own their field right off the bat, but that doesn't mean you can't try. Having drive is about staying up all night coding a side project. Having drive is about reading books and magazines about your design or development field every breathing second you are away from the computer. Drive is about the will to succeed more than anything. Show this in all that you do, and you will definitely gain the respect of your colleagues, clients, and friends alike.
Now that you are owning your current position and showing that drive, it's time to make yourself even more valuable. Specialize your skills. Learn the hard things, and start doing things that people only wish they could do. This doesn't mean you have to be a rocket scientist, or even a revolutionary at that. It just means that to make yourself a more valuable asset to your company or clients, you should do something special. Even if that means doing exactly what your job is. Doing something well means a lot more than offering a bunch of different services.
By no means am I saying you shouldn't diversify your skill-set. I simply think that if you can offer something either incredibly rare or unique, or really well done than you are definitely going to find it much easier when working with clients as opposed to a sloppy worker or someone who just doesn't display passion.
Now the final tip I have for you today to supercharge your design efforts is to network. You will not believe the sheer amount of opportunities that have come up, and the jobs that have suddenly started just by a simple tweet or a quick email saying hello. Truth be told, I started working for UltraLinx on a whim by sending a quick tweet. Did I have the necessary qualifications? Probably not, but did that stop me from pursuing it! Nay.
Get out there and start tweeting, talking, emailing, and conversing. Be that on a computer or person to person, networking is a great way to meet new friends, share new experiences, and create new opportunities.
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