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By James Rose - June 29, 2017 - 0 Comments

How a giveaway helped double our email list in 2 days

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

By James Rose - June 22, 2017 - 3 Comments

Get More Referrals Through Relationships

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

By James Rose - May 8, 2017 - 11 Comments

Project management for web designers

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

By James Rose - April 24, 2017 - 2 Comments

This productivity hack gets more done and grows your business

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

By James Rose - April 20, 2017 - 2 Comments

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

“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

By James Rose - April 10, 2017 - 8 Comments

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

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

By James Rose - March 1, 2017 - 0 Comments

Game changing way to build websites for clients

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

By James Rose - February 27, 2017 - 1 Comment

How to differentiate yourself in a world full of web designers

You’ve probably already noticed…. there are SO many web designers on this planet. It’s crazy. It seems like every man and their dog offer web design as at least part of their business. Everyone seems to know a “web designer”. There are things we can blame for this (like the low barrier to entry) but that’s not … Read more

By James Rose - February 27, 2017 - 0 Comments

When your clients go somewhere cheaper

Today’s post is very short. An image says a lot. Up to 1000 words, they say. If a client ever complains that “XYZ Company can do it for $3000 less!”, or says that they are going somewhere cheaper, you have two options. Let them go Send them this picture* *We are not responsible for any … Read more

By James Rose - February 22, 2017 - 4 Comments

8 reasons we almost never use ThemeForest Themes

Do you use ThemeForest themes for your clients? If so, you might find this post contentious, or at least interesting. Over the years of building websites for clients, I was asked about a lot of different TF themes. I of course told them what I thought. The response is usually “What’s wrong with ThemeForest?” This post aims to … Read more

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