24Aug 2014
Running Web Design Business no comments

[Giveaway from my personal collection] Step by step instructions to set-up Gmail for use with a custom email domain without Google Apps for Business‎

When clients ask how to easily access their business email without using the default app provided by their hosting service, I always recommend the Gmail interface. Gmail allows you to access your company domain email directly from your personal Gmail account, and when using the process I outline below, Google Apps for Business is not required. read more

24Jul 2014
Running Web Design Business 1 comment

How to dress for meeting a client. Web Designer goes shopping.

In the beginning of my freelance web design career I read a bunch of books teaching how to start and run a web design business. All of them were claiming that a professional dress, preferably a suit with a well ironed shirt and a fancy tie, will make you stand out from other web designers and make you look like somebody taking things seriously. In fact, I tested this technique over the last few years and at one point one of my clients, and now a friend (@HermannM, who luckily for me hired me), told me: “Daniel, I am glad I met you and we work together, but I must tell you the first day we met you scared the shit out of me. You were dressed like a damn lawyer.” read more

14Jul 2014
Leads Generation 1 comment

How to get web design clients in 2014. What works and what doesn’t.

The competition is huge in the web design marketplace, but there are still hundreds of potential projects popping up daily. With the right focus on sources of leads which can easily bring you new clients, you will stay busy all year long. But things change fast and the way you find new web design clients changes every year. What worked last year may not bring you clients today, and popular social media places, even if seen as a potential source of new clients, are not always where you want to invest your time. read more

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

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