QUORA: Is it possible to be a web designer as a second job, and what are some suggestions on how to do that?

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If you are a good designer, and your primary occupation is design (i.e. print), you can certainly make a decent supplemental income by learning how to create good HTML mockups (really HTML5 these days) from Photoshop designs. You’ll need to get proficient in doing storyboards for various viewports (device sizes), landing pages and content types.

You should become an expert in CSS3 and Responsive Web Design techniques. Also, it’s helpful to get to know how theming working in common content management systems like WordPress. The best designers may not know how to do programming, but they should have a good grasp of what the code is going to generate on the page.

If you’re any good and in a decent market, you’re part-time gigs may drag you into a new full-time gig.

The first thing you need to do is build up a solid portfolio of any professional work that you’ve done (and can share without violating non-disclosure agreements or threatening your main gig).

Take on some cheesy blogs or small-business brochureware sites for family, friends and acquaintances in exchange for beer (or babysitting if you have kids – date nights are expensive!), Read more…

QUORA: What is the coding community in China like for someone whose Chinese is not good? Would I be likely to hire 3-5 quality coders to build a web app? What part of China is best?

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I’ve done a bit of outsourcing to China, the Asian Subcontinent and Eastern Europe. If you have an excellent local Project Manager who understands your language and culture, that’s a good start to only spending three times as much as the project Read more…

QUORA: I have an exam to write in 2 days. I know I can do good but I get fits of anxiety in examinations. I just feel stressed and get stuck up because of it which elevates the stress even further. Help?

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First, I study regularly leading up to the exam, using multiple methods to internalize the information. When you know it, you know it, and you know you’re ready to take the exam.

I take the day off before the exam and do Read more…