265 – Have we set the right expectation? – Series 1 / Episode 5

Have we set the right expectation? - Series 1 / Episode 5 - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #265

Welcome to another in our Business Bootcamp series. It’s the series where we relearn everything we know about building WordPress sites, and running a web design business from start to finish. Presently, we are on Season 1 (where we look at what needs to happen) before the build. Have we set the right expectation? Nathan and David are taking different routes to get our invented businesses going and our client’s website up. In this episode we tackle how you might get your client expectations set up, and what those expectations might be. This includes things like what points typically cause friction in a web project, how can we effectively gather content, what channels of communication are we going to use, how will we handle revisions, and the worst of them all… clients just ghosting us. It’s an interesting chat and we cover a lot of ground. Go check out the podcast.

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263 – Agreements / contracts and payments – Series 1 / Episode 4

Agreements / contract and payment - Series 1 / Episode 4 - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #263

Welcome to another in our Business Bootcamp series. It’s the series where we relearn everything we know about building WordPress sites, and running a web design business from start to finish. Today we’re thinking about the legal side of things… agreements / contracts and payments. How would you handle this as someone new to the industry. Do you even need a contract? Perhaps you’re starting out and making a website for a friend, in which case the situation might be different, but do you owe it to yourself to protect you and your business from things which might go wrong… late payment / no payment, absent client who never returns your calls, a client who is simply unreasonable in their expectations of your time. It’s really only after you’ve been doing this for a while that you might start to realise that some form of legal protection is a good idea, but where do you go to get that? You could try a lawyer, but that might be expensive. You could make something up, but that might not really protect you. You could download something from the internet, but that might not cover all the things that you need covering. So many things! Fins out what we’ve done in the past, the mistakes that we’ve made and where you might find some useful resources. Go check out the podcast…

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261 – Getting a brief and scoping the project. WordPress Business Bootcamp – Series 1 / Episode 3

Getting a brief and scoping the project. WordPress Business Bootcamp - Series 1 / Episode 3 - #261 WP Builds

Welcome to another in the WordPress Business Bootcamp series. It’s the series where we relearn everything we know about building WordPress sites and running a web design business from start to finish. Presently, we are on Season 01 (of the series which is looking at the things that need to happen) ‘Before the Build’. This is episode 03… “Getting a brief and scoping the project”. So this is really all about making the first contact, making an impression and letting the client know how you work and what they can expect. There’s so many possible routes that you can take here. Are you going to meet face-to-face or work on Zoom? What are the ways that you’re going to communicate the expected budget? How will you explain your processes to see if you’re a good fit for one another? How do you qualify them as a ‘good’ client? Do you introduce care plans at this point? There’s so much more to this, but you’re going to have to listen to the show to find out more…

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93 – What makes a successful proposal with Adam Hempenstall

93 - What makes a successful proposal with Adam Hempenstall

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.

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87 – Could Plutio be your all in one business software?

87 - Could Plutio be your all in one business software?

If you listen to this podcast with any regularity then you’ll know that I’m (Nathan) a sucker for a new app. Mostly I hear about a new app, signup for a trial and play with it for a few days. Sometimes, although rarely, I continue to use the app and pay for it. Such is the case with Plutio. It’s a SaaS app that I’ve been using for a few months now because I just like it so much. I also like the founder, Leo Bassam, the guest on this week’s podcast. I like the app because it replaces quite a few apps that I was using in the past, and I like Leo because he’s just so positive about Plutio. The app does tasks, invoices, proposals, timesheets, client management and more. Go check it out…

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39 – Adam Hempenstall from Better Proposals

Adam Hempenstall from Better Proposals

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!

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