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E07

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Design

Matthias Cordes

Going solo as a Webflow designer and developer

Matthias Cordes is a Web Designer and Webflow Developer. He runs his own freelance business and creates high converting websites for fast growing technology startups. Matthias had his first freelance “gig” as a designer after highschool and while traveling around Australia and Bali. After graduating with a degree in Creative Technology at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, he pursued his passion by working on his agency full-time. Now, he supports tech companies as a team of one, with a specialty in Webflow development.

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In this episode

We talk about becoming a specialist in Webflow design and development, building trust and reputation as a freelancer, writing his case studies together with a copywriter, his design collaboration process with clients, ChatGPT for web development tasks, and so much more.

Outline & Transcript

00:00

LinkedIn videos

01:48

Going freelance straight out of university

02:45

Deciding to build a freelance career

05:17

Client RED FLAGS

08:45

Becoming a Webflow professional partner

11:41

Results > Credentials

13:02

Recent project + cool tricks

15:48

Why his case studies are so good

18:15

Basecamp for managing projects

22:00

What clients did Mattias start with?

24:10

"find a real job at a real company"

25:43

The agency he started

28:11

Professional video set up

29:48

Video marketing for his freelance practice

31:41

Web development vs. web design projects

34:54

cheese with holes

36:14

Switching from Sketch to Figma

38:00

The adrenaline from collaboration

39:11

What do you do when you get stuck?

40:17

Using ChatGPT to build websites

42:21

Coding as a non-coder

43:45

Matthias' piece of advice