Posts under: Running Web Design Business

1Jul 2014
Leads Generation, Running Web Design Business 1 comment

How to Compete Against Offshore Web Design Companies. 10 Small Things Which Can Help You Win a Big Client

It may sound impossible to win a client while competing with offshore competitors who offer rates up to 90% less than you, yet it looks like crazy outsourcing practices are not so common anymore (Think globally, act locally). Of course, there are companies who are able to find cheap sources of labor out of the country, and some individuals cannot resist $5/hour. However, I meet many people (potential clients) who have had a bad experience with outsourcing and learnt their lessons the hard way – “you get what you pay for.” It turns out most start-ups and individual entrepreneurs understand the power of working with a local web designer. read more

24Jun 2014
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Extra income for Web Developers – Part 1

There are many ways for web professionals to generate extra income, and the best part is many of these opportunities can create passive income with little preparation. Web development services can be easily incorporated with other services which do not require any new skills.  In this series of posts I will introduce some ideas for earning extra income and walk you through the steps on how to execute them. In the post below I discuss hosting and site maintenance services. read more

30Sep 2013
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Project Management 101

My business model is based upon web design, coding, and managing projects. In this blog post I am going to explain how I manage projects. This process doesn’t always go as well as expected, but you might be able to tweak your next project and get an even better chance of a success rate. read more

20Sep 2013
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Web Design Client Questionnaire

As soon as a client is showing interest in working with me, I always send out a short questionnaire. The goal is to find out more information about the client, and expectations or a vision for what the potential project will entail. This information and knowledge will allow me to prepare a better pitch and a proposal, learn what I can expect from this client, and decide whether or not working with this client will be in my best interest. Sometimes, I will also email those questions to the client before the meeting and use them as an agenda for the meeting. Many of my clients prefer to describe and discuss all of those answers rather than type them up. read more

14Sep 2013
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Top 15 Business Books Worth Reading

Running a web design business requires multiple talents. Besides coding and creating beautiful designs, a successful freelancer must have solid business skills. Entrepreneur on Fire (a daily podcast hosted by John Lee Dumas interviews today’s most successful and inspiring entrepreneurs) has recently published the top 15 business books recommended by all of the entrepreneurs interviewed on the show. I am a big fan of this podcast, and strongly agree with the list of books. read more

2Sep 2013
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How to Write an Email To A Potential Client [template included]

This is very important and crucial for your business to master writing emails to potential clients. Before you sit and write an email, you need to assume that your potential client is getting thousands of proposals. Sending an email is like sending your resume or promotional newsletter, you need to make sure to stand out from the crowd. The goal is to make your reader be interested in you within just few seconds of his/her interaction with your message. Below I have included an example of an email which I use myself when I am inquiring about a potential job or introducing myself to a new client. Here is a list to review and advice on how to create an effective initial contact (introductory) email. read more

28Aug 2013
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Adobe Creative Cloud Review

Creative Cloud is a subscription based model for all of Adobe most successful products.  The company made a huge announcement at the Adobe MAX conference in May about taking its entire suite to the cloud to prevent software privacy and provide new updates over the air.  The traditional formation of Adobe, such as Photoshop was a hard sell, because some of the formats would cost almost $700.  Now, the digital artist community can pay between $20 – $50 monthly for the same tools in a new web-ready format. read more

19Aug 2013
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How to deal with high maintenance clients [post with podcast]

Learning how and when to say ‘No’ to potential or existing clients is a key to successful web design business. In the latest episode of the podcast “This is your Life,” Michael Hyatt  is covering in a great way how to identify and handle this type of client. I encourage you to listen to the entire episode, there is solid practical advice and concrete tips on dealing with difficult situations facing freelancers on daily basis. You can listen to the podcast from the browser (use the player below) or find it on iTunes. You may also visit the Micheals’ post about this podcast. read more

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