What is a freelancer?

A freelancer is a term commonly used for a person who is self-employed and are not necessarily committed to a particular employer long-term. Freelancers may also refer to themselves as a contractor, a consultant or self-employed. Around 60% of UK business admit to relying on freelancers at some point, especially during busy periods.

 

There are over 2 Million freelancers in the UK alone, and they are accountable for adding the value of £21 billion to the British economy. Working with freelancers allows you to know exactly where your money is going, As most freelancers work from home/remotely, your money goes directly into supporting them and their families.

What does a freelancer do?

A freelancer will work from an at home basis, and occasionally they will work in a clients office for a short period of time. A freelance web designer will have an office like setting in their home, usually with some of the best software at their fingertips, so don’t be afraid that they can’t fulfil your online needs. Working on a remote basis gives a freelancer the opportunity to spend more time working and less time travelling.

Why use a freelance web designer?

Working with freelancers allows a great deal of flexibility. For example, if you needed only a few changes to your website, you would pay a freelancer to do just that, and unlike employing full-time staff, you wouldn’t be committed to paying them each week.

 

There is a whole world of talented freelancers out there, most being qualified in particular areas of business and design so you’ll be sure to find someone that suits you.

Pros and Cons of using a freelancer.

Pros

The ideal person for the job – When working with freelancers you don’t have to worry about finding someone who is the best in many different areas. You’ll often be hiring a freelancer for one particular project, therefore you can search for someone who is highly skilled in that specific area.

 

 

Flexibility – With freelancers, you have more flexibility. You hire them when you need them and don’t pay them a salary just for being at your office. With employees on the payroll, you always have to pay them for the time they are in the office, even if their workload is fluctuating.

 

 

Lower cost – In addition to the fact that you are not paying consistent salaries for times of low workload, another advantage of working with freelancers is that it keeps costs low because you don’t have to pay benefits, provide office space and equipment for them.

 

Cons

Availability – Since freelancers are in high demand, the freelancer of your choice could be unavailable when you need him or her. With some negotiation and planning on both sides, you can often find a solution.

 

 

Time-Consuming – It can be time-consuming finding a suitable freelancer for your project. As Coding Creed is an agency, we are actively involved with freelancers on a regular basis. We have access to an extraordinarily talented and diverse pool of individuals that you wouldn’t be able to find otherwise.

 

How do I find a freelance web designer?

As well as our own in-house team we work with a closely connected network of contract/freelance workers that we have built over the years. If you want to find out more about us and our freelancers you can drop us a message using the form below or give us a ring on 020 3488 1400.

 

What are the best colours for websites?

Subconsciously we all associate colours with different things and emotions, some being positive and some negative. That’s why choosing what best colours for websites is very important.

 

Firstly let’s break down what colours can mean.

Red

Red is the colour of blood, warning signs and stop signs meaning, for the most part, we associate the colour red with danger, but red is also the colour of determination, love and passion. Red is certainly a colour to use in moderation.

Orange

Orange combines the warmness of red with the brightness of yellow, making orange the perfect warming and inviting colour. Orange is often associated with joy, warmth and tropical weather.

Yellow

Yellow is one of the loudest colours. It screams look at me! Which is why hard hats and high vis jackets are yellow. However, a dingy brown toned yellow could be associated with disease.

Green

Green is the colour of nature. It symbolises freshness, harmony, growth and fertility. Green is a common colour among websites.

Blue

Blue is often associated with the sky and sea. It symbolises depth, stability, loyalty, intelligence and faith. Blue promotes tons of positive energy which is why it is the most popular colour to use on a website.

Purple

Purple combines the warmth of red and the stability of blue. Purple often symbolises nobility, power, luxury and ambition. When purple is used correctly, it can give a website a royal feel.

White

White is the purest of colours. It symbolises safety, cleanliness and innocence. It makes every colour stand out (hence why its almost always a background colour). White is often used for dental practices and clinic websites.

Black

Black is a tricky colour, it can be associated with elegance, formality and mystery but it can also be associated with death and evil. Too much black on your website can take it from elegant to eery.

 

Some colours carry more positive energy than others, but that doesn’t mean those colours shouldn’t be used. It’s all about finding the right balance of colours. It’s best to pick 2-3 main colours and stick with them, sometimes using too many colours can make things look unprofessional and messy.

 

When it comes to choosing the best colours for websites it all depends on what area of work you are in, for example, Gardener – Green, Plumber – Blue, Estate agents – Purple. Finding colours that compliment each other is easy when you know how.

 

Take a look at a colour wheel and pick a colour, the colour opposite is that colours complimentary colour, for example, green- red. These colours compliment each other as they help each other stand out. Popular colour combinations are blue and orange, pink and green and purple and yellow.

 

You may opt to stay in one colour family to make your website look more harmonised, sticking with one colour family can make your website look more “grown-up”. For example red goes with pink, yellow with orange and so on. Any gradations in the same colour family will match as long as they’re the same brightness and hue.

 

If you’re still stuck on what colour/colours will suit your branding best, then don’t be afraid to ask! We at Coding Creed know everything colour and branding! Also, never be afraid to say you want a particular colour as your website is personal to you. You can email us at info@codingcreed.co.uk, call on 020 3488 1400 or drop us a message via the form below.

“Why do I need a website?”

Having an online presence is very important when you’re starting a business or trying to grow one. Times have changed, the internet is a giant business directory, and if you’re not taking advantage of it, you could be seriously missing out.

“I don’t need a website I have a Facebook page.”

Even if you get most of your business through networking and personal connections they will want to visit our your website. Having a well-designed website will give you instant credibility. After all, we live in a digital age, the likelihood of someone asking to see your website is very high.

 

Using social media such as Facebook as a platform for your business is great for keeping clients up to date with what you’re up to. However, Facebooks new algorithm update means your chances of being found organically has hit an all-time low! Plus in the last year, people have spent 50 million fewer hours on the platform than they did in 2017.

 “I get enough business from word of mouth.”

How much business is “enough”? If you want to expand and grow a website is the way forward. 2.6 billion people use the internet every day, and 90% of those have purchased something or contacted a company online in the last 12 months. By now customers expect companies to have a website and they will not consider a company that doesn’t.

 

Having a website with the right amount of SEO in place means your website could be on the front page of google. Not to mention the instant credibility you’ll get from having your business and website on google maps (which is free by the way). Someone in your area could be googling for the exact service you provide right now. And you’re missing out!

” I don’t need a website because I’m not e-commerce or an online business.”

Wrong. Just because you’re not selling something online does not mean you do not need a website. People will visit your website to find out more about you, i.e. Who you are, What you do/offer, How do they contact you. We live in an age where people want information, and they want it now. If they have to go digging for your information they will move on. A large number of our clients are not e-commerce, and each one of them has seen growth and revenue from having a website.

 

Just think your website is there 24/7, it does not need to be locked up at night nor does it have to be cleaned (thank god). It doesn’t require much attention, and it does all of its work on its own.

 “It’s too expensive and takes too long.”

Do not let the price of a website deter you from getting one. If you have a small budget get a smaller website with the basics and when you have more cash flow you can spice it up at a later date. Our websites start from £500 and can go upwards of £10,000, and it all depends on what you want.

 

Heres what goes into the cost of a website:

 

Domain name – This is your web address, i.e. www.ilovemynewwebsite.co.uk. Domains are not free, and they will cost £29.99 a year.

 

Hosting – Your website needs its own space on the internet almost like renting a room. Hosting costs £79.99 a year.

 

Design – Some designs are straightforward, others are more complex. The more customised your website is, the more expensive it will be.

 

Management – Including website updates and maintenance. Website changes like images, text, blogs etc. and general support will cost £19.99 a month.

 

As for websites taking to long to design it again depends on what kind of website you would like. If you want a simple website, you could be online in as little as a week.

 “Okay, how do I get started.”

Good question. You can drop us a message via the form below and we can schedule a phone call or a meeting in our favourite coffee house right next to our office in London Liverpool Street.