April just straight up flew by, you guys. Here’s what I learned last month in my bizzy biz. Oh, and next week starts my 2015 Blog Schedule to make the web part of your biz shine bright like a diamond. Use the sign-up form at the bottom of this post so you don’t miss a thing.
BaseCamp is awesome
I’ve been using BaseCamp for a few months now to manage projects with clients, and I absolutely love it. They have discussions where people can easily log in and comment on that specific discussion. It’s like having an email thread that’s not confusing or annoying as hell, and actually productive. It also has to-do lists where can you assign tasks to yourself, your team members, or clients, and they’ll get notifications of their tasks, so everyone is on the same page. I may do a more extensive write-up at some point about how I use it for my biz, but for now, I have to say it’s been a real time-saver and stress reducer. Check out BaseCamp – you can sign up for a free 60 day trial (and that’s not an affiliate link, just some biz love from me to you!)
Specific contact forms help with client intake
I set up my contact form so that it asks the oh-so important question of “how did you find me?” which is SO helpful. But then it leads to a generic message that requires me to then email for more specific details. Like what is their timeline, do they have examples of things they like (if it’s design-related), etc. I do have a questionnaire for people once they are a bit more down the line in the process for a new website, but it may be time to spruce up the generic contact form to help streamline the process from the get-go.
It takes time to be a #girlboss
Today is the one year anniversary of purchasing tiffdotcom.com. One year ago, I had no idea what I was starting, and how to go about it. I have to be honest, I still have so much to learn, but I can certainly say I am way more biz-savvy now than I was before. I’m better at finding clients that are a good fit, I’ve streamlined my process so it’s not a headache, figured out what services people actually want, and am more aware of how to market myself. It’d be great if I could’ve just known all of this right off the bat, but if I had all this knowledge a year ago, it wouldn’t hold as much significance. I’m now more confident in my skills, I’m better at cat herding (aka managing client communications), and I’m part of some really great online groups. Cheers to another year of Tiff(dot)com!
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