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Happy New Year! Its’ That Time to Reflect!

2016 was an amazing year and saw the launch of this new platform revolutionizing the way we search for freelancers. All work aside, it’s about 9pm EST, NYE and I’m sitting here wondering What Can I Do To Make 2017 Better?

First I started looking back on 2016. What did I do in 16′ that I can do better in 17′? I realized my accomplishments are made up of 2 things 1) Milestones I Achieved but also 2) What I Have Contributed. People want to be remembered long after they pass; whether on a global scale or within their community. When they same my name, what will they remember? I helped launch a business, got married, traveled the world, worked out more, made new friends, sold a ton of stuff, reached career goals. That’s all good, but What Have I Contributed? I helped homeless people find comfort in a time of need, helped champion athletes achieve their dreams, helped a lost soul find direction, I… and then I hit a road block.

I need to contribute more. 

That sort of hit a nerve. So I have some sort of direction for 2017. How do I act up on it? I was in a spin class this morning (for the first time since college…ouch) and heard an inspiring speech:

“Don’t make a resolution for one day. Wake up each day with conviction. 365 days, wake up every day, go out there and execute. Set goals and crush those goals”

In 2017, my goal is to Contribute More. And by that I don’t mean financially & materialistically. I will teach people what I know. I will share my experiences and help people learn from them. I will learn how to manage my time better and by doing so, I will donate spare time to those in need. I will share an infectious smile with everyone I meet. And most importantly, I will leave a lasting impression.

I want to leave you with one last quote from the inspiring Tony Robbins:

“Life is really about creating meaning. And meaning does not come from what you get, it comes from what you give. Ultimately it’s not what you get that will make you happy long term, but rather who you become and what you contribute will.”

Happy New Year & Cheers to 2017!

-Kevin

The Future of Freelance

The Future of Freelance & the Gig Economy

Today, 55 million freelancers work independently from home, in coffee shops, offices or park benches. 50% of the economy is estimated to be considered a freelancer by 2020.

Enter the Gig Economy:

“A gig economy is an environment in which temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements.”

A number of reasons motivate people to work remotely, but 2 driving forces stand out to me:

  1.  The Digital Age — with technology & various landscapes constantly changing, being able to communicate quickly and efficiently allows for the growth of remote work. Working remotely gives freelancers the ability to allot for quick reaction to changes.
  2. Reduction of Workforce — in this digital age, companies are constantly looking for ways to automate processes and minimize payroll. This makes it much harder for Gen-Xs to enter the workforce. But freelancers are at an advantage to be mobile and find work freely.

Currently 1 in 3 people work independently and this spans all industries. While it started in the tech industry, the Gig Economy has entered many other service industries with tools such as Uber, Etsy and Airbnb.

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Since March 2009, Uber has over 160,000 registered drivers using the platform

 

Oddly enough, only 15% (approximately 8 million) use digital platforms Uber, Etsy, etc. The rest (47 million) rely on traditional word-of-mouth and their portfolios to find work. More often than not, their reputation proceeds them and these freelancers are able to hop from one job to another fairly quickly. So how can we help these traditional freelancers network? Current digital tools have not been able to accomplish this.

In the last 10 years, we definitely have seen the growth and development of more digital platforms. Upwork, Fiverr, Etsy, Uber, Airbnb are just a few that come to mind. While working from Starbucks may seem ideal, there are still downfalls to freelancing, such as protecting the freelancer themselves from bad pays, poor communication and the lack of benefits. Freelancers will tell you that it doesn’t matter though and the perks outweigh the downfalls.

Soon, if not already, companies will start looking for the best employees. They will want the brightest pieces to put together the puzzle. As the landscape continues to change, we will see more and more hire on-the-go. It is the only way to adapt. With technological advancements comes opportunity and more growth. Already, remote work is up 40% year over year. The Gig Economy is the future. The future is the #FreelanceEconomy.

 

 

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Luxembourg Income Study Database, August 2015

 

The current distribution of wealth is sickening. Economic inequality is due to the concentration of wealth producing capital in just a few hands. So lets spread that wealth and help millions of people become micro entrepreneurs and realize the American Dream.

Barriers to Freelancing

3 Barriers to Freelancing

As a freelancer, much of your future work is determined by your previous work; i.e. your portfolio. So how do you get started if you have never done anything in the past? This has been a reoccurring theme in a lot of the research we’ve done in starting this site. It’s hard to drop everything to start something new. It takes a lot of courage, so here are 3 barriers to hop over

Meeting New People, Finding New Work

Odds are you know a lot of people. And those people know even more people. The best thing you can do is to take advantage of your extended network. You have to build a personal brand around yourself which can then be sold through the people you know. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to new people through existing relationships. No matter what, you will already one thing in common; that’s the beauty of networking. Utilize these connections and combined with your portfolio, you will find work in no time.

Showcasing Your Skill Set

The best way to prove your worth is to show by example. More often than not, the people I meet are very visual learners. If I can show them what I am capable of doing, my word goes a lot further. Even if it’s your first dive into freelancing, you have talents that are in high demand. Create some mini projects showcasing your skill set. If it’s design work, show how you can take and idea and bring it to reality. For Photography, show some before and after shots. Keep it simple, you don’t have to build a fully interactive web page right off the start! Continue building your personal brand while you evolve as a freelancer.

Showing It All Off

MyClyq was created to help you start off as a freelancer and discover the new gig economy. Through this site, you are able to plug in your extended network and let your talents be discovered. With industry low rates, you will have an easier time starting out by keeping your hard earned pay.

Meet friends of friends and get offered real, trustworthy work. Showcase your talents on our Portfolio Builder and get discovered through reliable connections within your extended network. In this day and age it’s who you know which will take you far in life. And you never know who will be the next big thing.

Sign up to take part in our Beta Launch later this month. MyClyq.com. Partnerships. Positions. Results

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Define Your Own Success

It’s been a while since I have sat down to write. No excuses, but the last few months have been a whirlwind of an adventure and I am actually getting married this weekend! Because of that, I have found myself reflecting on where life’s journey has taken me so far.

I know it probably seems silly to think about, but I keep contemplating what it really means to be successful. When do you know you’ve made it? A little while back I wrote a piece called “Visualize Success.” In that I taught you how to use the power of positive thinking. We also looked at goal setting in Part 2 of the Motivation Series. Putting it all together, how do you define success?


Success should not be predetermined.

Success is what’s important to you.


Success can mean many different things to many different people. Plant your own flag in the ground and tell yourself what is important in your life and makes you happy. Is it a salary that pays for college? Or a 100 million dollar valuation? Only from there can you determine the necessary steps to get to there. Hone in the process and that is when you will know you’re on the path to success. An extra bonus is when you can wake up every morning and be excited to take that journey. To work hard, but towards something that really matters to you.

If you don’t take the time to find the right process, you could be working towards a dead end. If you’re not ready for growth, how do you get to 100 million dollars? If you fail to study for school, why did you waste all that money on your education? Have a plan to execute. Don’t work to fail.

No matter what, you are successful when you have attempted something and achieved a result. That means you took a risk, a gamble, a chance. And this doesn’t always mean a favorable result. You can be successful learning from your failures. I think that says a lot about your character. You are willing to try something different to get to your goal.

So when you wake up tomorrow, go set that flag and work towards it. When you get there, let us know. We’ll be next to our flag too.

For more Motivation, check out the Motivation Series

The Freelance revolution is coming fast. Signup today to build your own Clyq.

Cheers,

Kevin

 

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Why Freelance? Why Independence?

Why Freelance? Why Independence?

I find a lot of people ask this question. So I consider myself a full time independent contractor while still moonlighting…does that make me a freelancer? Or just crazy? I juggle 15 different things, but love the freedom of what I do. So what’s the big pull to step away from the corporate atmosphere? Let’s take a look at the stats:

Currently over 15.5 Million People are self-employed (30%)  and by 2020, an estimated 40% of the workforce will be independent. There is major effort by SBUs and corporations alike to center their focus and find employees who are specialized in what they do. This then maximized their efforts, allowing quicker turnaround on deliverables and better results overall. So with businesses headed in this direction, again, we ask the question, why should you take the plunge and join the growing freelance revolution?

Consider the perks:

  1. Freedom

The freedom of doing what you love when you want is the greatest pull. When surveyed, multiple freelancers considered the freedom to set their own schedule and not be overwhelmed by a stressful office environment the greatest benefit of being independent.

  1. Passion

Creativity and passion both make up our intrinsic motivation. Everyone always talks about doing what they love; intrinsically rewarding work. By freelancing, you are able to work with passion, creativity and do all this at your own pace. It allows individuals to still take care of family & personal needs without sacrificing health and sanity.

  1. Opportunity

Like we discussed above, more businesses are gearing up to hire freelancers. Why? The days of looking for the “perfect employee” are limited. More and more individuals are becoming specialized in what they do. So as industry landscapes change quickly, they are able to evolve with it.

Each freelancer is specialized in what they can do. So in certain realms it is more efficient to hire a team of specialized work versus generalized. When change is needed, you have multiple resources to pull from in your team of freelancers.

Depending on how you look at the situation, there are multiple opportunities within the freelance realm. Creating micro agencies, social networking and building relationships are just a number of the opportunities I see with freelancing. We will visit a few of those in the next blog.

To experience the new revolution in freelance, sign up to MyClyq.com launching this summer. We are going to change the way you work.

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Down to Business – Registering Your Company

Business Blog – Chapter 7

Throughout the entire process of starting MyClyq, I was constantly stepping out of my comfort zone to learn all the different aspects of building a company. However, for the task of registering a business and opening bank accounts, I got the rare opportunity to do what I know pretty well.

Registering a business may seem pretty simple and easy to do. You can usually do it from the comfort of your own home in minutes. Unfortunately, people who rush in and file businesses incorrectly or in a non-favorable way can find themselves paying huge fees to change the type of business and also paying extra in taxes. My goal is to give you a few pointers to help you save that extra time and money. Of course, this may not be the right rout for your company. I always recommend doing your own research and talking to professionals who can advise you on your companies’ specific needs.

I spent some time working in the business banking division of a major financial institution prior to starting MyClyq. There I learned how businesses were formed and what documents were needed to open bank accounts. There are several different types of businesses that people can open. The most common are LLC, LP, Corporation and Sole Proprietorship. Again, to determine which one is best for you, I would recommend talking to an attorney or other professional who has experience in this field. You can also check out legalzoom.com or lawtrade.com to chat with someone who can tell you exactly what you need. The best option for us was to incorporate the company as a C-Corporation. Our goal was to get funded by external sources like venture capitalists. Therefore C corporations provide a little more flexibility when starting a business if you plan to grow, expand the ownership or sell your corporation.

When I first started working in the business banking division, I noticed a large amount of clients were filing their business documents in the state of Delaware. I found that a little strange considering we lived in Los Angeles, California. After doing a little research, I found out the reason behind this was that Delaware had the most flexible business laws in the country. It was also very beneficial in the tax department, specifically for corporations. More information on the benefits can be found at bizfilings.com. Since I had chosen to file a C corporation, filing it in Delaware made perfect sense.

To form a new business entity in Delaware, there are certain procedures that everyone must follow. These procedures are listed in order in the two images below.
State of Delaware - Division of Corporations -State of Delaware - Division of Corporations 2

After you know what type of business you are going to file, you’ll usually need to get a business tax ID number or Employer Identification Number (EIN). This is like a social security number but for your business. You can easily apply for one at irs.gov. It’s free of charge and really easy. They ask you a few questions and then will email you a copy of your EIN right then and there. The State of Delaware also requires that every business entity have and maintain a Registered Agent in the State, who is authorized to do business there. After a quick Google search, you’ll find several that you can use online. We chose A Registered Agent Inc. (I know, the name is really original) because they were well known and inexpensive. They charge an annual fee of $49.00.

Once you have the EIN and picked the registered agent, you’ll have to reserve your business name.  This will cost another $75.00. You may want to check the state websites before you start anything to see if the name is available (something I talked about in previous blog posts). After this is done, you’ll have to fill out the formation forms. For a corporation, this form is called the Certificate of Incorporation. Once this form is filled out, it will need to be either mailed or faxed to the Delaware Department of State with the filing fee.  This fee can range from $50.00 to $300.00 depending on the type of business. Once the business is filed, the State of Delaware will mail you back a filed version of the document you sent them. If you need it quickly, you can pay extra to get it back in a day or two. If you’re in no rush, you can just pay the costs listed above to get the document filed and they will send you back the filed copy in about two to three weeks.

Opening The Bank Account

To open a bank account, you’ll need the filed document, your EIN and also some sort of document that states the ownership of the company. This document is different for all the different business types. For example, an LLC would have an operating agreement that states the rules and ownership. A corporation would usually have corporate bylaws or corporate minutes/resolution. None of these document have to be filed and are usually drawn up by an attorney. These are probably the most important documents of all because they outline the legally binding rules of the company along with all the ownership structure. Once these documents are obtained, all authorized signers would have to go to the bank with proper identification (usually two forms of ID) to get the account open.

With the business registered and a bank account in hand, our focus shifted to creating and launching a simple one page website in order to recruit signups for our beta platform.

-Vadim

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Needle in a Haystack – Finding Good Work

Business Blog – Chapter 6

Anyone who knows anything about tech companies can tell you that a good programmer is hard to come by. Well, they are even harder to come by when you are building a tech startup from the ground up.   When we decided that we were going to start looking for programmers to start building the platform, we knew that it was going to be an uphill battle. There was no one in our direct network that was skilled enough to build what we were looking for. Our next option was to go on sites such as founderdating.com, cofounderslab.com, founder2be.com, etc. to find someone to partner with.

I, personally, made profiles on all of the founder sites and started searching for someone who came from a technical background and was going to be a good fit to the team. At first, I was pretty excited by how many people there were signed up on each of those sites. That excitement quickly faded when I noticed that a lot of people weren’t active on the site and those who were, wanted more than just equity in the company. They wanted to get paid for their work. Unfortunately, we were at a point in the startup process where paying co-founders was not an option. We had a minimalistic budget and what these programmers were asking for simply wasn’t possible.

Our next option was to find companies that specifically designed websites and apps for startups. We called the first company that we found online and after going into a few minor details they said that they could definitely put this together for us. The only issue was they quoted us $80 thousand dollars to do it. If we had $80 thousand dollars for a site, we wouldn’t be asking a company like that to build it for us.

During the time that we spent looking for programmers, we also had a couple of job postings that we created. We posted on social media, craigslist.com, indeed.com and AngelList all looking for a co-founder who comes from a technical background. When we finally came back and looked through everything, we noticed that we had a few people respond to the posts. The problem was, these people were not skilled enough based on their resumes and previous works to do what we needed them to do.

After a little more research, we learned that the type of programmers we need weren’t going to leave their current ventures and jobs to join a startup that wasn’t funded. However, we couldn’t get funded without some sort of product. Our only option was to take a gamble and outsource the work overseas. This was the only way that we could make this company work. It was a big risk and it wasn’t going to be as fast as we wanted things to move but it was the only way we could build what we wanted for a fraction of the cost.

We turned to companies like freelancer.com and upwork.com to find a contract programmer who was skilled and experienced enough to build the platform.   We did a little research on the type of programming language we would need to build this platform and found out that we needed a programmer who was mainly fluent in PhP and MySQL. We did this by pinpointing the different features that were going to be on my site and then researching other companies that offer these features. This way, we were able to find out which programming languages would work best for our platform.

Programming Languages

After we had the wireframes and the programming languages in hand, we posted jobs on both freelancer.com and upwork.com. We listed specifically what we needed in as much detail as possible and waited for the bids to pile up. The next day, we had several bids on both freelancer.com and upwork.com. We spent the next few days going over each person’s resume, portfolio and anything else they had on their profiles to make an educated decision.

When we were looking through their portfolios, we were specifically looking to see if they had worked on features that we needed for my site. For example, we wanted an in-site messenger for out customers, so we would look to see if they had ever created something like that before on any of their previous sites. After we compared the remaining freelancers, we set up Skype calls with the final two.

Since they were both from India, we needed to see what kind of a language barrier we would be dealing with. We knew both candidates spoke English but we were shocked when we spoke to both of them via Skype. Their English was amazing. We asked them several questions regarding their backgrounds in programming and explained our idea to them in a little more detail. Finally, we made the decision to go with the freelancer who we felt was more confident in his abilities to build the platform. He mentioned he had a team of employees and this would be an easy task for them.

We looked over our wireframes, set up milestones and locked in our final pricing (which was a fraction of what we were quoted in the States). We set up times to meet every two weeks to go over changes and any questions they might have. Then they went to work. We knew that this was going to take six months to a year because of the size of the platform and because he was a contracted freelancer, who had other jobs on the side. It wasn’t the way I had originally planned to build a platform, but that’s life.

Now that I had hired a programmer, it was time to make the business legal, get it registered and open a bank account.

-Vadim

Employers and Freelancer, we are rapidly approaching our beta launch. Sign up at www.myclyq.com for industry low pricing.

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To The Graduating Class of 2016

Senior year was the greatest. High School and College. It didn’t matter what the past was because I always had a new world ahead of me. To this day, I look back and tell myself how surreal it is because we have come so far in 10 years. So sitting in my shoes now, what would I tell the graduating class of 2016?

1. Soak It All In

Sorry guys, I hate to say it but it doesn’t get any easier! Take in all that you can. Enjoy the time with your friends, see the sights & learn a little more. Get the full experience and appreciate all it has to offer. Like I said, graduating was moving on to a new life. You have the opportunity to reinvent yourself, try new things and see life in a new light.

I really never have any regrets. I made life long friends going to college where I did. I found my future wife going about life the way I did. And enjoyed every waking moment of it. The only times I look back on are the good times. Hard work comes with the fun, but if you make it all enjoyable, you’ll have some great memories.

2. Try All the Flavors

It’s a great time to try new things, take a new perspective on life and make changes. Fail to the greatest extent, because you still have time to get back on your feet. Take a leap of faith on something you believe in.

I tried the 9-5, I tried being locked up in a cubicle all day, so I can truly say it wasn’t for me. I worked the corporate life, it just wasn’t my passion. Without actually going for it, you can’t claim something isn’t what it is. You can’t ever say you won’t make it doing this, doing that.

I will never forget having a conversation back in college saying, “ I will never go into sales.” Look at where I am now? But this was before truly experiencing all that this life has to give. And when the opportunity arose, I dove right in. While it’s not the easiest job, I have the most fun doing what I love.

I think I’m ok at it too…

3. Give in To the Yes

Say Yes. Say Yes. Say Yes.

This is the time, take chances and take that leap of faith. Go to the social scene, get out and network. This is the ultimate key to your success. I didn’t get where I am with my tail between my legs. Sometimes your perseverance will lead to opportunities where you have to just say “Yes.” I have seen so many lost moments where people didn’t say yes. And it’s tough; I get it. There are so many different opportunities to act upon, but remember, it’s ok to give in and try something different. Go ahead and say “Yes.” I love this quote from Richard Branson:

 “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!”

Don’t EVER be in that position where you ask yourself, “Why Didn’t I Say Yes?”

 4. Make Sure You Work Hard

This is basic, sure, but I hear this all the time:

“Your generation is all about, give me. Not let me work for it.”

Well, I couldn’t agree more. I won’t hide from it. I didn’t come up from the slums. My parents weren’t below the poverty line and I definitely didn’t’ live in a rough neighborhood. But my greatest character trait, and anyone can tell you this, is I work hard. I put in the extra effort and I absolutely, 110% hate to fail. I don’t care if it’s in the gym, out on the rink, making sales calls, baking a cake; I hate to fail. I will do everything to get ahead of the game, but even when I do fail, it won’t be from a lack of trying.

Put in some long hours; you’re young. Take an extra passion class; it’ll make you feel better about everything else. Squeeze in some extra work! I know, my last post was about taking time off, but don’t confuse long hours with hard work. Soak it all in around you when you have the opportunity. I travel long hours and spend a lot of time away from home, but when I am home, I spend all the time I can with family and friends. But when it’s time to work, it’s all or nothing.

Your education never ends. No one ever stops learning and if you think you know it all, then you have failed yourself. Soak it all in, try everything you can, say yes and make sure you work hard.

The freelance revolution is almost upon us. Sign up so we can keep you up to date on the launch of MyClyq.com

If you like the Motivation Series, read more at MyClyq.com/Blog

-Kevin

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Dead End At Work? Take A Step Back & ReGroup

Part 5: Take a Step Back

We have an ongoing epidemic. Especially this generation.

The world is always connected, 24/7, 365. With the Internet and social media explosion, everyone there is so much to intake. We are overloaded with information! Same goes for the work that never ends. Emails come in around the clock, text messages never stop.

I think the best and most successful individuals know how to unplug and step away from it all. They don’t get burned out and bored by work. They always show up in the morning, buzzing with new ideas. They are constantly motivated to go, go, go and I know you are always jealous of their enthusiasm!

Step 1: You Don’t Have To Work a 14hr Day!

Voila! Working too hard makes for more work later on. As you work longer hours, you tend to make mistakes, rush through simple tasks and simply begin to neglect. There is a phenomenon called “ego depletion.” Making choices costs energy and the harder the choice, the more ego gets used up. As we’ve said before, Make a List, organize your day with the hardest choices first thing in the morning when your ego is full. Work yourself down to lunch time, then start over again after you have refueled. By the end of the day, you are left with the menial tasks that won’t require much. By doing all this, you will find that the harder choices don’t take up as much time as you think and by mid afternoon you may be twiddling your thumbs! Sorry to all the head honchos out there 🙂

Step 2: Turn it All Off

Turn the email notifications off on the weekends. Don’t bring your phone to the dinner table. Remove yourself from the inhumane grind that society forces you in to. There is time to work, there is also time for family and friends. While I understand we are all guilty of it, there comes a time to create separation from work and home. Don’t burn yourself out by constantly replying to emails or writing creative briefs. What’s the point at 11pm? Unless you are collaborating with someone overseas, nothing is that important. It can wait until morning. Research has proven time and time again that a full night of rest is not only recharges you mentally, but does wonders for your health. It helps prevent depression, obesity, lowers stress and helps spur creativity!

So when all is said and done, that last text you sent could’ve waited until your daughter was done walking across the stage. The phone call to your client was not more important than dinner with your wife. And you definitely don’t need to be the last one out of the office!

Take a step back, re-prioritize, regroup and you will find yourself ready to go!

As the beta site continues to build for a summer launch, we encourage you to sign up at MyClyq.com

If you like the Motivation Series, read more at MyClyq.com/Blog

-Kevin

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The Design – Bringing an Idea to Life

Business Blog – Chapter 5

About four months into 2015, MyClyq started taking shape. I had done all the early work of getting a name, logo, color scheme, slogan and mission statement. Now I needed to put them all together into the most important part: The Design.

Designing a web-based platform is incredibly difficult. It is even more difficult when you don’t have any experience and refuse to let someone who has the knowledge do it for you. The reason I didn’t want to hire someone to design my website was because I had a specific vision in my head for how I wanted it to look. Even if I was able to explain it to the designer, I don’t think it would have looked the way I wanted it to look.

I decided that I was going to attempt designing the website myself. I know, it sounds ridiculous considering I mentioned I didn’t have any experience but I can also say that as a millennial, I basically grew up with the Internet. If you spend your entire life looking at websites, you probably know what looks good, what works, what doesn’t, etc.

Since I was building an entire web platform, I knew it was going to require many different types of pages, for example a home page, a landing page, a billing page, etc. Therefore, I needed to create a sitemap before I started designing anything. When I was in high school, I took an intro to programming course where the only thing I really learned was that you can easily create a sitemap using Word.

Creating a sitemap is just a visualization exercise. As I mentioned, I had a specific vision for the platform so I visualized the site, page by page, writing down each page title as I went along. The end result is the sitemap I listed below. This was the first draft of the sitemap and although now it is much larger and more intricate, this was the first step towards getting there.

MyClyq Sitemap

First MyClyq Sitemap

Now that I had a general idea of how many pages I needed to design, I decided to create a process. I would pick the page I wanted to design, like the home page for example, and then do a little research on other website home pages I thought were well done. I would go through each of them, one by one, taking notes on what I liked and disliked. After I had a few pages of notes, I would try my hand at actually designing the outline of each page, known as the wire frame.

Wire frames are basically the skeletons of each page; a lot of them aren’t even in color. I found that using a large whiteboard was the best option for the wire frames because it was easy to make edits on the fly. After designing each of the pages listed on the sitemap, I would take a picture with my phone and move onto the next. When I was finished, I uploaded all nine images onto my computer.

Now that I had these design images, I wanted to clean them up. The white board was easy to use and edit but it definitely wasn’t neat. After doing a little bit of research I found that there were several different programs and applications that I could use to create digital and professional wire frames. In the end I decided to buy a program called Balsamiq Mockups because it was said to be one of the best, despite having free options like Pencil available. I decided that this was an important investment so I wanted to use the best program I could find.

After watching the Balsamiq Mockups tutorial, a few YouTube videos and just playing around for a little while, I started to get the hang of the program. It took me nearly an hour and a half to copy the first wire frame from the white board images onto Balsamiq. However by the last image, I had mastered the program and it took me only 11 minutes. The image below is the first wire frame I created, which was for the My Profile page.

MyClyq My Profile Design

First My Profile Wire Frame

Now that I had created my wire frames, I was ready to move onto finding a programmer to make this website come to life.

-Vadim

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