Author Archive

Managing Lazy Clients

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

In this session I introduce you to the ‘lazy client’ and then I get into how to manage them.

… Just in case your wondering why you should care, lazy clients can turn into a big pain in the butt and can cost you time and money. Not cool.

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The Web Design Contract

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Hi, In this session of the Business of Web Design, I go over what you need to have in a typical web design contract. There are important elements that you must include to avoid problems down the road, things like: Payment terms. Delivery dates. Project specifics: how many pages, functionality etc… … and a whole […]

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The Initial Web Design Proposal

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

The initial proposal is a document that provides a basic outline of the web site project. It contains enough detail to give the prospective client a general idea of what you would be delivering, but it leaves out the specifics that you would later detail in the actual web design contract.

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Database Basics – a little non nerd theory

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Databases are backbone of so much these days (on the Web and in business in general) and as such, any self-respecting nerd should know at least a little bit about them.

In a nutshell:

A database is typically just a piece of software that acts like a virtual filing cabinet. Depending on the TYPE of database, they can come equipped with all kinds of extra features that make managing a lot of data easier.

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What is an organic website?

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

The inspiration for many of the ‘Ask a Web Nerd’ episodes is derived from email questions sent to me. This time around, someone contacted me to find out what an organic website was.

In a nutshell:

An organic website is a website that derives most of it’s traffic organically. OK, so what is ‘organic’ traffic?

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Branding your Web Design Business

Monday, August 4th, 2008

In this session I go over what you need to do in terms of creating a brand for your web design business. If you don’t what I mean by ‘branding’, I’m just talking about the corporate identity.So we are talking about your business website, business cards etc…

Besides, pointing out what you need to do, I also get into some details as to how you might go about doing it. As usual, I take a simple practical approach based on my 17-18 years experience in small business.

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Do you need web design school?

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

This is the first of a new series of podcast that I am creating called: ‘Ask a web nerd.’

Not the greatest title, but I hope it tells something about this series; I will be answering common questions put to me by people everyday. Questions about anything regarding web design, web programming, getting into the web design game etc …

In this podcast, I will answer a common question put to me every so often:

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How much money do you need to start a web design business?

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

In this session of the Business of Web Design, I look at how much money you need to start a web design business.

The great news is, that you don’t need hardly any money at all, so just about everyone can get in!

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Business of Web Design – Business Types

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

In this session I teach you about the business types you can use to form your web design business:

  • Sole proprietorship
  • Partnership
  • Incorporation

Besides learning about the basic differences between these business types, I get into why you might want to use one type over an another … we look at the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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Business of Web Design – hardware and software

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

The following session addresses a common question put to me many times: what hardware and software do you need to run a web design business? Do you need to upgrade to ‘industrial strength’ tools?

I should also mention that I also touch on a few other things too that I know many of you will find interesting.

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Business of Web Design – Introduction to the course

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Hi, I’ve just uploaded the first session/chapter of the audio-book. You can find a written outline of this session in my original post about the Business of Web Design. … I am repeating the announcement here so that subscribers to the RSS feeds will be notified. Anyway, let me know what you think … both […]

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