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
It's easy to fall into the tedious mid-year slump; no one is really contacting you, your current clients are on vacation, and the sun is inviting you to have a picnic all afternoon under its warm rays. I totally vote for some outdoor time, to renew the oxygen in your brain, and revamp your services! "I don't want to think about my service packages," might be your first whiny reaction but hold on - this doesn't have to be painful! Taking the time to design service packages that actually … [Read more...] about Revamp your web design services with these exciting ideas
Stop selling websites! Please. Look, we've all been there. A client is haggling your price down because So-and-So over at that other design business says she can make a website for half the cost. And you start to question yourself. And you start to worry that the client will hire So-and-So instead. And you are juuuuust about to lower your price... STOP! Websites aren't a commodity. They're not like gasoline, where you stop at whatever gas station has the lowest price, because … [Read more...] about Stop selling websites RIGHT NOW!
To use a page builder, or not? Does using a page builder mean you’re not a “real” developer? Does it undermine the industry? Or does it make things easier for you and your clients and offer a great solution to the struggles many clients face when it comes to editing their websites? If you’ve been poking around my site lately, and you know how to look at the page code, you may have noticed something. You might have noticed that this latest incarnation of my website was actually built with … [Read more...] about Should you use a page builder for your web design projects?
Going it alone in business is a surefire way to fail. With no one to turn to, no one to lean on, and no one to learn from, you’ll be doing everything on your own. And it’s not easy, being alone. Joining a community of others in your industry gives you new insight into your business, inspiration to try new things, support when you need it, and a chance to give back and establish yourself as an expert. I’m a big fan of online communities, here’s why: Outside eyes Sometimes, you’re so … [Read more...] about The importance of community for web designers