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
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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
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 … [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