I’m not that keen on writing. It’s one of the things that we all have to do, but it’s not my greatest strength as you can tell if you are reading this. What I dislike more than just writing though is writing proposals for prospective clients. I don’t like it because I’m not very good at getting my points across all that succinctly and I find it hard to get into the ‘style’ that I need to adopt to make it have a fighting chance of being read and accepted. Well, don’t you love living in the age of the internet where there is an online service for just about everything that you could possibly need in life? Adam Hempenstall discovered that there were people like me all over the planet; people who needed to hand writing their proposals.Read More
We have a ‘special guest’ called Paul Lacey from Dickie Birds to discuss the always relevant subject of pricing, and more specifically do better paying clients mean ‘better’ clients? We all know that the answer is, annoyingly, sometimes, it all depends and maybe! Ha! There’s no guarantee that, just because someone has deep pockets, they are going to fun to work with. Sometimes the fact that a client is paying more for your WordPress products and services means that you have more ‘bandwidth’ to absorb the many problems that arise during your website build, but equally, clients that have very tight budgets can be very demanding of your time and have expectations far above what their wallet will realistically allow!Read More
I’m not very good in the real world! Get me away from my little office and my screens and I’m all ‘out-at-sea’! I have to suddenly communicate with people and interact; I cannot click a button and get an expected response from other people. People, unlike code, are just so darn unpredictable. They do what they want and have hidden thoughts and expectations. If you’ve been building websites for clients for any length of time, you’ll know that your clients can be your best friend and your worse nightmare. They want things they didn’t communicate to you. So it goes! Erin Flynn is here to help you sort this mess out.Read More
Two for the price of one! That’s what this episode feels like, because not only do I get to interview Clark Marshall from Blue Dog Digital, but I also get to interview our very own David Waumsley, AT THE SAME TIME! The reason that we have them both on the show is that both Clark and David have made some very important decisions about how they would like their lives to pan out. They decided to become ‘Digital Nomads’. This, to me, evokes thoughts of great pioneers; people who are brave enough to reject the 9-to-5 lifestyles that most of us moan about, but put up with.Read More
In this episode of the WP Builds podcast we chat to Pia Silva from badassyourbrand.com. She’s a New Yorker with a whole load of energy and is a lady on a mission to “Bad Ass Your Brand”. It’s the title of her book as well as her philosophy to create a brand for your company. It’s definitely not about just growing your agency; more staff, more contracts more… everything. It’s about cutting things out of your business and making it very specifically the place that you want to work. It’s about trying to do less work, to get paid more and have a little more time off.Read More
Discussion – David and Nathan discuss whether or not it’s a good idea to automatically update your plugins.
Interview – How to get paid more with Brent Weaver – Part 2. Last week we were introduced to Brent Weaver from uGurus. We learned about his business and how he aims to assist businesses achieve higher fees and become more profitable. This week is a little different, because we’re delving more into Brent (the man) and not Brent (the business man)! Does that make sense?
In this episode of the podcast we talk to Brent Weaver from uGurus. He’s an exceptionally thoughtful mentor for people who would like to see an upturn in their web design business. uGurus has been going for many years and has helped loads of agencies both big and small to increase their fees. I guess that there is no magic sauce for this kind of thing, but what you’ll be gaining is the combined experience of people who have struggled through this problem before.Read More
In this episode we talk a lot at the beginning about the fact that we’re going to be making some changes to the podcast over the coming weeks. We also talk about what processes we follow when we work. In the light of all the tools that we have available to us these days, what we do / use to get a site from proposal to completion. Now, we’re not saying that you should follow what we do, as we know that it’s likely hopeless, but we’re telling you anyway so that you can tear us down and make us feel inadequate!Read More
In this episode we talk to Andre Gagnon from Project Huddle. Andre has been wrestling with the issue that we all face of trying to gain meaningful comments about static designs and website builds. Often, it’s tricky trying to communicate with clients, but he hopes to solve some of that! It’s worth listening to the very end as he’s a really lovely guy with some great advice!Read More
In this episode we interview Adam Hempenstall from BetterProposals.io, a company on a mission to make the dull job of writing proposal for your client work as painless as possible. We’ve all been there, you’ve had the client meeting, then you get back to the office to discover that you’ve lost your mojo, because you have to write that proposal and the blank page just kills your will to live! This can help!Read More