We've all been there, things are going along swimmingly and then suddenly we hit a lull in business. It's scary financially, and if you're like me, after about 48 hours you're thinking no one will ever hire you again and you should just give up and WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU EVEN THINKING?! Then you drink half a hard cider, pass on the couch while watching CSI:NY, and wake up the next morning feeling like a hungover loser. It's cool though, because after you repeat this process a few times … [Read more...] about What to do when business is slow
One of the things I'm asked most often is, "Do I really need a contract?" And the answer: YES. 100% YES. Do not make a website without one! I don't care if you're working with a stranger, your best friend, or your grandma. You NEED a contract to protect yourself, and them, and keep your relationship from heading south. So it might be no surprise that the next question I hear all the time is, "Where do I find a contract I can use to sell my web design services?" Well, you're in … [Read more...] about 3 Resources for killer contracts!
As entrepreneurs, we're often pitted against each other in some sort of weird business-death match to be the first to reach six-figures. We're told to either watch our competition and outdo them, or ignore them completely, and focus on ourselves. I don't believe either option is a good one. Mainly, because I don't believe in competition. There's more than enough work out there for everyone. (Yes, really!) I'm asked often about why I share my competition's articles and products. … [Read more...] about Why I don’t believe in competition
Are you still sending your list a new email each week or so? When new people sign up, do they get whatever your latest article is? If so, you're doing it wrong Look, if you've been blogging/writing to your audience for a long time, then you're assuming that they're at a certain stage, and the article you're sending is relevant to them. But that's not the case. The article you're sending out at week 38 of your newsletter, likely isn't the article someone new to your list needs to … [Read more...] about The huge mistake you’re making with your email list as a web designer
The new year always brings a fresh start. And with that fresh start, we set goals. But the problem most of us face is that we set goals that sound great, but with no plan to actually achieve them. So how do you set goals that you'll actually achieve? Set goals that are measurable If you can't measure your goal, how will you know if you've achieved it? Too often, we keep our goals vague, which makes them impossible for us to track. Maybe you want to get more clients. Well, "Get more … [Read more...] about How to set goals you’ll actually achieve
I wish I could live at CaboPress. I spent the past week in Cabo San Lucas, at a business conference (yes, really) made for nerds like me. To be honest, when I first heard of CaboPress (a mastermind conference run by Chris Lema), I wrote it off due to the cost, and the fact it didn't seem like a "real" conference. Hanging out in a pool having discussions? Would that be worth it? Turns out, yes. After seeing several people I know and respect rave about what they got from last year's … [Read more...] about CaboPress 2017 Recap