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
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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
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
How nice would it be to know how much money you’ll make each month, bare minimum? Unfortunately, most web designers have no idea, and their income fluctuates each month drastically. And if you don’t book a client that month? It can be really stressful. Recurring revenue is the answer. Please note that I did not say “passive income” which is rarely truly passive, and may or may not recur on a monthly basis. Recurring revenue is where it’s at, and it can be, on occasion, passive. What … [Read more...] about Three ideas for recurring revenue in your web design business
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
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?