A Day in the Life as a Freelance Web Designer

Kinda of funny, but truth…

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Enjoy…and momma don’t let your boys or girls grow up to be web designers !!!

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Time to reflect…

Time to reflect…

“Baby it is cold outside…” the response I gave to my kids regarding school being closed and the reason why they could not go out and play.  We spend the day reflecting … it was a reflection day!

I began to think about how to gather more business [ not to anyone surprise ].  I reviewed all my new business in 2013.  40% was refer business, 25% was from linkedin, 15% was from walk up [ My visits to  small business owner ... usually strip malls ] and 20% refers from family and friends.  Not bad!!!  However, I sent out over 500 tweets on twitter, where folks are soliciting web designer.  No hits!!!  I did it earlier today…ahhh. Well no more!  My time is worth more.  Most of these request are spam or individuals looking to boost activity on their twitter.

I would recommend linkedin to all small business owners.  Please do not send the surveys.  Look for business leaders, who might need your service…and make sure you place your work in front of them.  Let them know how you can help their bottom line…it works for me.

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2014 New Year Resolution

2014 New Year Resolution

Yea! Yea! I know that you are not suppose to reveal your resolution, especially two days into the new year.  Tough!!!  My resolution is as follows…

 

  • Spend Quality Time with my family – especially my wife!
  • Eat Healthy and hit the gym
  • Limited Weekend Work to only huge projects
  • Reward my self twice a month
  • NO More Bad Clients – I can not live your dream, only create your vision

I have done something very unique this year…actually posted my resolution on my board.  Yes it is right next to my favorite quote.

Press on nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;
Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not;
Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education alone will not;
The world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
 
-Anonymous
 

I am wishing everyone a blessed and prosperous 2014…

Onward and Upward,

 

 

 

 

 
 
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$50…LOL

$50…LOL

I really can not make up these stories [ tales ].  I used to share them with my web designer friends, and they would not believe me. I blog about them to keep me from crying.  I would like to announce to the world that my job is a free lance web and print designer. I pay my business expenses [ that includes location, supplies, equipment, insurance, taxes, etc. ] and my personal expenses [ a mortgage, bills associated with our house, insurance {health and life}, car note, gas for 2 vehicles, family needs and wishes, etc.] Okay…now for the humor!!!

I received an email from a young lady [ who will remain nameless ] advising that she had saw my profile on linkedin.  She had reviewed my work and was interested in my services.  She asked about my design process, features and cost [ ironically...all of this is on my site ].  I sent her a response…advised my sites range from $800 – up.  It depends on the features of the site.  I included some of my recent projects and gave her my office hours and number.

A couple days later, I followed up.  I asked if she was still interested in having her vision become a reality.  She advised me that my price point was above her budget.  I sent the standard email…that I could accommodate most budgets.  The she sent me a response, well my budget is $50.  As I read the email…I was thinking that she left off an 0.  I advised her that $500 could get her a basic site.  I would not included the content management section and hosting would be $50 annually.  I would need her to commit to at least 4 years of hosting.  If she wanted access to the content management system then it would be an additional $400 and my rate to update the site was $50 an hour/minimum of 2 hours.  SHE ADVISED ME THAT HER BUDGET WAS $50.

I email her that a domain would run about $15/annually, and web hosting cost about $50/annually.  She would need $65 just to begin the process. “I do not need a domain or hosting…just someone to code my site out!!!”  I advised her that even if I hand coded the site, where would she place the code…it has to be located somewhere.  A long silence…no more email trail.

Wow….sometimes comic relief does still exist.

 

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No-”Go”Daddy

No-”Go”Daddy

I have been creating web sites for over 13 years.  I have used GoDaddy products for the past 6 years.  I have debated Bluehost and Dreamhost designers for the past 4 or 5 years.  The customer service is excellent. The price point is great.  Bob Parson/Founder has an outstanding blog and unique story.  Blake/New CEO blog gives us incite on how he plans on growing the company.  I am a firm believer in Godaddy.  I offer services and use Godaddy as a partner.  I offer hosting services and email resources to many of my clients.

My design process includes “Godaddy”. My design process is as follows…

 

  • Step#1 … Send prospective a contract and payment invoice
  • Step#2…After receipt of contract and payment, forward client several design concepts
  • Step#3…Set up demo site [on Godaddy] and begin the build out
  • Step#4…Have a meeting with the client, advised site is finish…
  • Step#5…Move demo site to client’s ISP

This past week, I was provided with the worst experience ever!!! I have a client, who has their domain and hosting with godaddy.  They did not want me to have access to their godaddy account, as they have a couple of business and social domains and hosting accounts.  The re-design is complete and I ask the client to call godaddy and patch me in.  I need to have the client’s domain pointed to my ISP as I was going to host the site.  We called godaddy…I explained what we was trying to accomplish.  The domain was pointed to my ISP.  I email the godaddy representative and thanked her for assisting us.  An hour later, I moved the domain to my list of domains.  A few minutes later, I called Godaddy to move the demo to the client’s domain.  I was advised to set up wordpress to the client’s domain [something that I had never done before...but it only takes 10 minutes generally].  I set up wordpress app to the client’s domain…20 minutes later [blank screen].  An hour later [still blank screen], I reached out to godaddy.  I was advised the system was slow…generally it is a quick process, but the book says within 24 hours.  I advised the godaddy represent that I will check it the next morning.  I woke up to several emails from my client…the url had the godaddy “Parking Page”.  I advised my client about some of the issues from the previous day, and assured them that it would be resolve that morning.  I called godaddy…very concern.  I was advised that the ISP was not set up correctly [talk about throwing your colleague under the bus] and my client would have to call back in.  I had to call back my client, and ask them to call godaddy back.  We jumped on the phone…I made sure the ISP was pointing correctly.  Since the client called and patched me in, I asked the godaddy customer service representative to call me back.  No call back…I set the wordpress app on the client’s domain.  A few hours later, I called godaddy to move the files.  I was advised to delete the wordpress app on the client’s domain.  I was given an easy step -by – step guide.  Site is up!!!

In my frustration, I advised Godaddy about my experience.  I was greeted by an email from a supervisor.  She wanted to call me and get more information. I went to twitter and voiced my concerns…godaddy again wanted to know my concerns.  My main concern is this just an one time situation, or is godaddy now nodaddy.  I will make my decision by weeks end.  Stay tuned!!!

 

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