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?
Starting a web design business is hard. Even after choosing a focus, niching down, and establishing your pricing, you have to actually GET web design clients clients. If you're wondering how to get web design clients, this post is for you. When you’re brand new to business, being super-picky about your first clients may hurt you more than it helps. You certainly don’t want to take on any nightmare clients, but it can be beneficial to your processes (and bank account) to take on clients who … [Read more...] about How to get web design clients when you’re just starting out
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
Who doesn't love a good quiz? Well, I'm sure someone out there doesn't, but millions of people looking for ways to waste time on the internet take quizzes. Why? They're fun! And useful. How else would you know which Hogwarts house you belong to, or what state you really should live in? But seriously, people love quizzes. They love taking them, and they love sharing their results. Quizzes aren't just silly fun though, they can be used strategically to grow your email list and funnel … [Read more...] about How to use quizzes as a web designer
Odds are, if you've been designing websites for a few years or more you've either partnered with a developer on a project or considered it. After all, as our businesses grow it becomes more important to focus on the tasks we really love and less on the tasks that just get in the way. One way you can free up large chunks of time to focus more on design is to outsource your development. It's the perfect way to avoid the tech headaches and make your web design projects go more … [Read more...] about 4 Ways To Ensure Your Developer Collaboration Goes Smoothly