What's the plan?
I am a freelancer and a woman. Didn't plan on this, was raised to be a good employee, but got fired 3 years ago (well, the entire radio station was closed, so we were all fired). There wasn't any good job in the industry left and I didn't want to become a teacher (even if I did 9 years of specialty high-school/college), since my car payments were bigger than the salary
So, I turned to freelancing and stopped 'playing' webmaster. My web design hobby turned into a full time job. It was horribly hard at first, since I was in debt and started from zero (well, from minus, as I like to say), but in few months I started picking off speed).
It's been 3 amazing years, I've built a small profitable business, am traveling like crazy and earning more than I could ever imagine as an employee. I was able to tell my story in my blog and can say that few other people followed in my footsteps and are now freelancers.
Since many women lack the courage to start and don't have a good support system during those hard first months, I believe LadiesInBiz would prove to be of good use. It's now pretty empty (have tweaked some of the design), but will get 'animated' ASAP.
About the design. Wanted something VERY simple. If you see other of my designs, you know I don't like a 'forum like' look, it's too dated. So in this case I stripped XF of many bells and whistles and plan on continuing to do so. Will add some stuff in the sidebar, it's pretty empty now. Tomorrow, if I have the time, I plan on setting a decent footer and see what else needs tweaking. Ah, and custom icons.
Anyway, just wanted to give a quick preview: www.ladiesin.biz
Looking forward to your ideas and feedback.