As a website developer you might been thinking about having your own business and make it bigger. But, if you already busy with the project, especially their who work as a freelancer, thinking about leveraging your skill into a serious, big deal, business is kind a frustrating.
This year can be a good change to start all your plan to build your own website development business. unless you create a site for your self to monetize it using advertising or affiliate program, you work for the clients. When working with client you need work as efficient as you can. More earning will come from productivity and good management skill. More client mean more money, finishing a project faster mean more satisfaction and more potential project to come.
To increase productivity, you need to learn to avoid all distraction that may come and bringing you far away from your priority tasks. Like when writing this posts, I use Q10 to avoid distraction. As a designer, writing content can be very hard. I may found that my heading or color shceme is not really good, so I will busy change the style and forgot writing my blog post. Odd, but that’s what happen. Just can not stand to fix it, aren’t you?
Testing productivity tools
To make all leverage business success I try some productivity tools. For work on a project collaborating with your team, you may want to use Slack. This tools is like awesome. It’s like instant messaging, but for business.
For time tracking and productivity measurement I use some tools, actually I just trying and on my way deciding what the best form me and upgrade to premium services. There is some debate about using productivity tools like time tracking to work on project. Like how accurate it is to measure productivity by counting keystroke and mouse activity. But for some freelancers who’s work on freelancer market like oDesk I think using time tracker is piece a cake. Ofcourse you can not expect people that pay you want to spent their money waiting you thinking how to figure out solution and drink your coffee find some inspiration on your mind. No way, they want you to write a code, do some configuration, use your mouse and your keyboard.
Ofcourse it will depend to the industry you’ve been working on. I can not count a keystroke and mouse ckick for a singer, dancer etc. What I found exiting is, event when you not working on a hourly base project, you can find time tracker tool like Hubstaff or Time Doctor useful. Let say my hourly rate is $50/hour and I take $5000 project. Ideally, I just working to that project for maximum 100 hours for make sure that the project worth a time.
Last, for measuring that what are you working is productive you can try RescueTime, with this tools you can add activity to specific category and give it a value, like very productive, neutral or very distracted. Using this tools combining with time tracker can be a good solution to measure time you spend in front of your computer.
This can be the answer for a critique to time tracker, like “just put monkey to hit your keyboard to be productive”. Because you can not be count as productive as web developer with bunch of keystroke and mouse click if you playing DOTA. RescueTime will count it very distracting.
Go back to conventional notebook
Do you have read before that make a not on a book is more effective than wrtite it down on your devices like smartphone or tablet? I forgot the resources, but I have read it. Okay, because we can make sure about the reference and fact for that, lets just put it behind. I don’t know about you but have you ever feel that have a paper notebook make you feel confident.
I try some tool to make a list, Wunderlist, browser base to-do list, and at the end, I still need to write it on the paper. I don’t know maybe its the paper or the pen. It is weird, not really. Just feel old school but effective, at least for me. So, rather than having my list on all devices, since i’m not really mobile for doing my business, I choose to go back to conventional notebook. Very old-school with ugly cover boook.
Find solution for customer care
Another important things to-do is to improve relationshp with clients or communication with potential clients. I have read before than replying email support, question and service quote etc can increase convertion a lot better (sorry forgot the number). When first knowing this, I end up staring on my message thread waiting if there some clients message. On the other hand I always try to close all communication funnel when working. IM for sure, is an example that I will always avoid. So you can imagine, when working I have big chance to miss my client message and to reply it faster.
For this dillema you can try to become more moderate. Working on your project, the code, configuration and go reply your client on the time that still counted as fast response. I think 2 to 5 hours will still consider as fast. Do not wait until a days. your client will probably find another solutions from another developer. Sad.
Or, go outsource. If you have more money, I think this is the best way to handle clients. Have your own team working on customer care is ideal. They get a proper and fast response and will expect rational turnarround-time for the solution. Big win. Before you can afford to doing that, you need to learn to manage your communication funnel.
As someone working with many installed applications on my computer, If I have chance to bring it everywhere I need to go, I will do it 😀 Using laptops sometime make me feel hhmm so tiny. I believe it happen to you too if you work building a website. So I can work on more project, getting more clients faster than ever. This condition will give you a trade off, time. So one of my very own ambitions is to have the best enfirontment that push the web development turnaround time faster.
I think to buy a home and build an office for 5 to 10 team at the end of the year.
Using my website to sale my own product and services
There are some business model on my mind, sale digital products, a course, and services on my website. I start to develop my Genesis Child themes that can be sold here, a membership sites, beside all my Adsense and Amazon sites. For my own sites, I have a plan to create AdSense and affiliate review sites at least one site per week.
I think that’s it for know. Actually I have some more on my list, but lets save it to make blogging more regularly. What do you think? please do mind share it with me on the comment area 🙂