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How and when to say ‘no’ to a potential client

By James Rose - November 24, 2017 - 0 Comments

Finding freelance work takes a lot of effort — it can make you want to say ‘yes’ to any money-making opportunity that comes along. But it’s important to know how and when to say ‘no’ to a potential client if you want to get paid what you’re worth, scale your business, and consistently deliver quality … Read more

How to budget like a boss and stress less

By James Rose - September 12, 2017 - 0 Comments

I swear nearly every time I hear a podcast or read an article aimed at web agencies, the “feast or famine” cycle gets a mention. If you haven’t already heard of it, it’s the tendency for web agencies to have a ton of work on all at once, right before a slow period where we … Read more

How Content Snare hit #2 on Product Hunt

By James Rose - August 15, 2017 - 1 Comment

    Content Snare is a tool for gathering content from clients. It’s aimed at digital agencies, designers and people that are plagued my clients taking forever to send information. Last Thursday, it went live on Product Hunt (PH). Like every good SaaS boy should, I’d planned the launch (nowhere near as meticulously as some … Read more

How a giveaway helped double our email list in 2 days

By James Rose - June 29, 2017 - 0 Comments

It took about 2 hours to set up a simple giveaway that doubled our email list in 2 days. It even went on to nearly double our marketing efforts for the next 3 months. Today’s post is a little different to what we normally write about. Normally we focus on helping you grow your design/development … Read more

Get More Referrals Through Relationships

By James Rose - June 22, 2017 - 3 Comments

By implementing a simple change to my weekly routine, we get a whole lot more referrals. Instead of hours spent at local networking events each week, I spend about an hour of my time every Wednesday morning. This post will show you my exact process and explain why it works. Non-strategic networking is a time … Read more

Project management for web designers

By James Rose - May 8, 2017 - 11 Comments

Web designers seem to have a knack for doing too much work. So much so, that the rest of their life fades away into oblivion. I see it with so many designers. Not long ago, that was me as well. This is what paved the way for my obsession with creating systems and processes. When you build … Read more

This productivity hack gets more done and grows your business

By James Rose - April 24, 2017 - 2 Comments

Back in March at Tropical Think Tank in the Philippines, I met the all-round good bloke and productivity-meister Mike Vardy. During some pool masterminds (over many-a-cocktail) and his time on stage, Mike dropped loads of productivity bombs. These have been the catalyst for some massive shifts in my business. One of those was daily theming. … Read more

How looking for “free” or “cheap” is poisoning your business

By James Rose - April 20, 2017 - 2 Comments

“I’m looking for some free software to manage all my projects” “Does anyone know a free alternative to XYZ?” “I really like tool XYZ, but it’s too expensive” These are questions you see over and over in different business groups – people looking for free or cheap stuff. Sometimes it’s software and sometimes it’s freelance … Read more

22 plugins that will make life easier on you and your clients

By James Rose - April 10, 2017 - 8 Comments

Given you’re here, you probably love plugins just as much as me (which is a lot). They’re a little bit like cocaine though: Addictive and harmful in large doses. So you have to be careful with what kinds of plugins you install. Especially on client sites, as when poo hits the fan because a bad … Read more

Game changing way to build websites for clients

By James Rose - March 1, 2017 - 0 Comments

This post dives into an exciting new tool from the guys over at Beaver Builder. It’s no secret that I freakin’ love Beaver Builder. It’s completely changed the way (and speed with which) we build websites. If you don’t already know, Beaver Builder is a page builder for WordPress. It stands out from other builders … Read more

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