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How to Start an Automated Freelance Business With Service Plans, Order Forms and WordPressJust last night I rolled out my new freelance service plans and a great automated system behind it that sells those services as products and directs my customers to an order form to complete the process.

I’ve also added different layers of customization services where the value of my skills as a web designer + developer can make my clients blog stand out further once it’s up and running.

In this post, I want to show you the tools I used to create this system and the mindset that lead me to its creation.

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Last night I was working on styling comments in the upcoming version of Marketers Delight and I discovered something that’s always been a curiosity in the back of my mind.

If you’re familiar with the WordPress comments system, you’ve more than likely styled author comments by targeting the bypostauthor class WordPress automatically outputs to author comments.

This class is very useful as you can write custom CSS to make an author comment look different from everyone else’s comments. For example, you could change the background or border color to make it stand out a little more.

The problem is, it’s just CSS. If you wanted to do something like add a text badge next to the author’s comment that says something like “Post Author”, you’d either have to write a bunch of pseudo CSS or write some strange PHP (I’ve Googled this, and there aren’t any *great* answers).

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Quick note, this plugin is also included and updated with bonus features in my WordPress theme + plugin package, Marketers Delight. Check it out for even better email form control.

Building an email list is one of the most rewarding and challenging things of building a business. I’ve had a few lists of my own over the years and know both of those sides very well.

The rewarding side is that you can easily keep in touch with people who follow you and build a reach. Having an email list is a colossal asset to anybody trying to promote themselves and their work.

But with great rewards come great challenges. You know building an email list takes time and dedication — especially to build a quality one. You know that strategically designing and placing a form can make or break conversion rates.

You know these things, but before you can even get there, you have to add the actual email forms to your website first. And that’s usually a pretty confusing, problematic step.

This is the problem I wanted to address with my new plugin.

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