The Road to Mapping Out Your Freelance Gigs

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I have turned one of my The Sims 3 game characters into a freelance writer and its start was more flourishing than mine did. It has sadly come to this: I am fleshing out one of my dream jobs through the means of a game character. A vicarious pastime that I am only recently both chuckling at and pouting over.

The road to starting freelance is not smooth. It was never smooth. I think most (if not all) freelancers would nod their heads and attest to that. But here’s something we could toast about: That not-so-easy start is exactly that: Happens only during the beginning. Sure, there will be rough spots along the way but it does get easier over time.

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My Brief but Sweet Flirtation with Squarespace

You don’t become a blogger for years without testing different tools. It’s part of the process of establishing a blog. A few months ago, I hear about Squarespace, a service which provides website hosting + domain name + built-in templates. Eager to see what the fuss was all about, I took a look and was impressed right away with their available templates. Clean, uncluttered and yet polished and classy, Squarespace looked promising — to a visitor. But what if you are the site owner? Would you find the back-end, the interface, the features and options just as impressive? Being overly fond of trying out new stuff in the internet, I signed up for a 14-day trial (no need for credit card!) to get the feel of its admin site.

The moment I logged in to the back-end, I had to admit I hesitated for a bit. I have been using WordPress for years and years and years. It felt odd, like I was suddenly catapulted into a different reality. I needed to get on with the show and so I proceeded by choosing Forte as my template. It was beautiful. The visitor will no doubt feel nothing but good vibes radiating off your website with its light and airy, crisp and clean, modern template. I know I spent a good couple of seconds just staring at it in awe, I kid you not. But back to the admin site: It’s pretty efficient and intuitive. With it WYSIWYG approach, Squarespace’s back-end will definitely be easy to use for those who are not well-versed in coding. The ease and simplicity of applying the options in creating the layout you want will not be such a struggle.

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