Tag: business

The secret to hiring a designer

This is nice advice for startups, and something I’d hope (y)our future clients take into consideration. Many times when you want creative work done but aren’t capable or willing to do it yourself, you’ve already got a bias about how you want it to look. You’re biased either by arbitrary personal preference, your competitors, or […]

Posted: January 28, 2013

Slow down and inject value into your client projects

Without waking the ‘Project Based vs. Hourly Billing` beast I’ll put it out there that we are project based for many reasons, the bulk of which reflect this bit from the article: I do believe that if we hold to some core foundations, project pricing can be quite successful. But if you abandon a focused process, […]

Posted: January 28, 2013

The Web We Lost

This isn’t our web today. We’ve lost key features that we used to rely on, and worse, we’ve abandoned core values that used to be fundamental to the web world. To the credit of today’s social networks, they’ve brought in hundreds of millions of new participants to these networks, and they’ve certainly made a small […]

Posted: January 24, 2013

Plan for it to take 2+ years

Overnight success is a misnomer for many companies in our industry. If we take a few minutes to look into them, however, we see that what looked to be a single night is really upwards of a decade. If there was really a method to quick success, we’d all have done it by now and […]

Posted: January 15, 2013

2012. Hard Lessons Learned.

I’m a bit late going through these year end/start articles, but I really liked what this one has to say. It’s really difficult to learn life lessons from reading the experiences of others, but I’ve found that doing so plants a seed that does well to prepare you for the future. There are tons of […]

Posted: January 11, 2013

What Startups Need To Know About Health Insurance in 2013

Monday By Noon isn't too politically motivated, but health insurance is an important topic in our industry. There are countless configurations and circumstances that may dictate your situation, but my take-home message for the past few years is along the lines of "it's going up again". I can't say for sure how New York compares […]

Posted: January 10, 2013

Growing One’s Consulting Business

Growing One’s Consulting Business Oh my. This article is simply fantastic. I think I’ve been pretty public that I’m in the ‘project billing’ camp in the ever-waging-war between that and billing by the hour, and a number of points in this piece outline why. Many people feel that client work isn’t the most glamorous thing […]

Posted: November 21, 2012

The importance of building a financial buffer

The importance of building a financial buffer — Stuff & Nonsense, And All That Malarkey. This is really great advice not only for people who are self-employed, but for everyone in general. It’s surely misinformation that working for someone else is inherently ‘more secure’ than working for yourself. While it might seem odd at first, […]

Posted: November 20, 2012

You Just Have To Do Something

You Just Have To Do Something | Jonathan Moore. This story gave me chills this morning. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a new dad and it hit extra close to home, but it’s really a great piece. I don’t want to spoil it so I’ll leave it at that.

Posted: November 20, 2012

Getting paid by regular clients

Getting paid by regular clients — Stuff & Nonsense, And All That Malarkey. I’ve been collecting my thoughts on the business end of our industry for a while now, and I’m finding a lot of parallels with this piece. Money is often the most difficult piece of business, but when it comes to Web design […]

Posted: November 20, 2012