Archive for the ‘Podcast’ Category

How to Manage your Money

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

A key part about having a successful web designed business is properly managing your money. This may seem like a boring topic, but it still crucial.

In the following podcast, I walk you through some of my basic rules of money management.

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Judging a Person’s Character

Friday, September 12th, 2008

In this session of the Business of Web Design, I teach you a few tricks that you can use to get an glimpse into the character of people you deal with.

This may seem like a strange thing to talk about in a business course, but it is actually very important because who you deal with, will have a huge impact on the success or failure of your web design business.

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Getting Paid for your Web Design Work

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Getting paid is a huge part of a web design business … actually any business!

In this podcast, I go over a bunch of details about how to collect from and bill clients.

… And a bunch of other stuff too.

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Do Web Designers Need Drawing Skills?

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Most of the ideas for this series come from actual email questions put to me. Some of the questions delve into the basics of web design, while others may go into more advanced topics.

This time around I’m answering a question from someone just looking to learn web design who wanted to know if they needed traditional pen-and-paper drawing skills in web design. Along the way, I explore a few other similar questions about web design related design skills.

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Ajax vs Flash

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

In this podcast I talk about the differences between Flash and Ajax.

I get into things like when to use one technology over an other, the pro’s and cons of each and I also give you hints with regards to how to choose which one to learn – based on who you are.

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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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Getting your first web design client and your web design portfolio.

Friday, August 8th, 2008

In the following session, I outline what you need to have on your web design business web site. So we are talking about contact phone numbers, examples of your previous work etc…

For many though, since they are just starting out, they may have no commercial work to show – no worries, I provide you with a couple of strategies to make up for that.

Finally, I also get into how you can land your very first web design client.

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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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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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