Web Design Project Management Collection

This page is a compilation of articles about managing web design projects.

5 Web Design Rookie Mistakes You Should Avoid

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Basics, Featured, Project Management, Tips, Web Design | 0 comments

5 Web Design Rookie Mistakes You Should Avoid

There are two ways to learn any skill. One is by experience and the other is by being taught from someone who already has that experience. As with any skill, there are common web design mistakes that nearly everyone makes early on. Here, I want to guide you through five of the most common rookie mistakes, so that you can learn from my mistakes rather than from the school of hard knocks. Here are 5 mistakes that every web design rookie makes that you should avoid! 1. Starting a project that isn’t fully defined Would you start making a...

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The Good News Is That The Problem Is Not Your Client…

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Customer Relations, Featured, Project Management, Web Design | 0 comments

The Good News Is That The Problem Is Not Your Client…

To be blunt, the real problem is NOT your client.  The real problem is YOU.  Yes, I know that is harsh, but it is actually very good news because you can’t do anything about how your clients are, but you can do quite a lot about you!  Clients are who they are, and they will never really change.  Some are great and some are not so great. All of your problems stem from two root issues, failed communication and failed leadership. Failed Communication Yes, this may seem obvious, of course there was failed communication, but surprisingly few...

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How to Charge by the Web Design Project

Posted by on Jan 24, 2012 in Featured, Project Management, Web Design | 7 comments

How to Charge by the Web Design Project

I was very surprised by the last article I posted about how charging by the hour sucks. It received some heated comments on Reddit.com and some disagreement in the article comments. I feel it is important to clear up some of the misunderstanding and clarify some of the misplaced assumptions. Is charging by the project too rigid? First, it was assumed by many that what I was proposing was a rigid and set way of billing customers that didn’t leave room for changes. The argument was that if you are billing by the hour, you can easily just add...

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Charging by the Hour Sucks!

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in Customer Relations, Featured, Project Management, Time Management, Tips, Web Design | 21 comments

Charging by the Hour Sucks!

Billing your web design projects by the hour sucks!  You know what I mean. “How many hours do I have left on my website project? Can you itemize that? What? Why did it take you so long to do this? My friend who made a website once says it should have only taken about 30 minutes, and you claim it took 2 hours?” Does this sound like a conversation you have had before? Squabbling over hours and minutes with a client can be enough to make anyone second guess their decision to become a web designer. There is a simple solution...

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Web Design Projects Gone Wild: The Importance of Project Definition

Posted by on Sep 13, 2011 in Customer Relations, Featured, Project Management, Time Management, Tips, Web Design | 29 comments

Web Design Projects Gone Wild: The Importance of Project Definition

Yesterday I had lunch with one of my best friends and all around stand-up guy, who also happens to be a web designer.  Like the complete geeks that we are, we spent the entire lunch discussing web design, a possible JV project, common pain points etc., but most of the conversation revolved around the difficulties with project definition and scope creep. I spend most of my days talking and working with web designers and developers, and  hands down this is THE most common problem that I hear across the board.  With that in mind, I thought the...

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How to Work With Uncreative Customers

Posted by on Sep 2, 2011 in Customer Relations, Project Management, Tips, Web Design | 2 comments

How to Work With Uncreative Customers

It can be a catch-22 to work with uncreative customers.  They are the clients who need our help the most, yet they are often the hardest clients for us to help.  If you find the one in 20 clients who really is ready and willing to trust your recommendations and not second guess everything you suggest, then they can be great.  Usually, whatever you make looks amazing to them. However, the majority of clients with no imagination or creative sense, which let’s face it, is a substantial amount of clients in general, usually have some vague...

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3 Ways to Give Yourself a Raise

Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Featured, Project Management, Time Management, Tips, Web Design | 10 comments

3 Ways to Give Yourself a Raise

Ultimately your success as a web developer or designer will depend on this one thing:  Your ability to make sufficient returns on your investments.  In other words, whether or not you are able to make enough money to support yourself, pay your bills, feed your family, etc. with the amount of time you put into your work.  This is also known as ROI, Return On Investment. You should regularly evaluate your ROI and take steps to increase it.  Below are 3 ways that you can increase your Return On Investment and effectively give yourself a...

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Lock Down Web Design Business by Gaining Your Clients’ Trust!

Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in Featured, Project Management, Web Design | 2 comments

Lock Down Web Design Business by Gaining Your Clients’ Trust!

Trust is the number one asset your business can hope to obtain. Your ability to land a project or make an up-sale is directly related to the amount of trust you have established with your client or potential client.  As their trust in you increases, so does the amount of money they are willing to invest in your services.  It is essential that you gain their trust and keep it. Most web designers hate the sales aspect of their web design businesses.  If high-dollar clients would just fall into our laps regularly, so that we could focus on...

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Complete a Web Design Project at the Beginning; or How to PREVENT a Runaway Train

Posted by on May 14, 2011 in Featured, Project Management, Tips, Web Design | 9 comments

Complete a Web Design Project at the Beginning; or How to PREVENT a Runaway Train

What I mean by the above cryptic phrase is that before you start a web design project you must begin with the end in mind, and it needs to be a very specific end.  Don’t even start your first mock-up until the project has been fully “scoped”, or completely defined. Anyone who has been a web designer for more than a month knows about runaway or never ending projects.  The client says it will be a simple website, all they need is “A”, but then “A” morphs into “A+B” and then...

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