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People Per Hour and Me

People Per Hour and Me

I joined PeoplePerHour about 4-5 months ago. I have used contractors myself on Upwork for many years (and can share how I get the get the best people there some other day) but I wanted to see if I could use PeoplePerHour to get some more work on board and to fill any gaps I have in my workload. I use the team and myself to do these jobs so it is a bit of a recursive loop. I am not the designer or developer of the year but I develop websites fast in WP that customers love as I give them tons of attention and explain what works.  You are possibly way better but I am way faster. I think the approach here would apply to any contracting website (like Upwork and Freelancer) really but is here how I approached it on PPH.  I plan to try it also...

How To Grow Without Actually Growing

I emailed 200 website companies recently.  I won’t bore you with the statistics of their responses but of the responses 3-4 told me they were too busy to take on work at this time. I find this hard to comprehend.  I understand why.  They have well paying, time consuming projects that are keeping them busy and don’t want to take on any more. But don’t they want to make more money?  If making more money doesn’t interest you then stop reading but if it does read on. How I Started Out When I first started creating websites for customers as a sideline business I was also working a full time job.  I would like to tell you that I slaved into the night working on projects after a long hard day at the office.  OK I did quite often, but after a year or so doing this I realised that I couldn’t sustain this every single day...

Contracts Save Lives

Contracts Save Lives

If this is TL;DR then just one thing.  Always do a proposal no matter how small the job is and get the customer to sign or agree to its contents. But onwards. Leads that Turn into Customers I have done work for 30 euro and work for 10K.  For the smaller jobs I used to never ever write proposals.  I thought it was embarrassing to have to put something in front of a customer for a job that was under 2-300 euro even. This is a massive mistake. It is super easy to have a template (or use a cloud service which I do) to create a set of standard documents that outlines what you are delivering to a client.  Please don’t use email.  It sucks and can get lost in translation. My website proposals go basically something like this. I will create a website for you, it doesn’t include training, lifelong support...

Dear Old Dad – UTV sell broadband to 79 Year Old

My Dad is 79.  Like most of our Dads in this age bracket he knows less than nothing about the Internet.  He of course knows of its existence and thinks its a ‘wonderful thing’.  That is the sum total of his knowledge. In July of this year a salesman sold him wireless broadband. My Dad doesn’t even have a PC.  Never has in fact.  Can’t turn one on on.  Get the picture?  The salesman at the door told him his call bill would be reduced if he went with UTV and the broadband package. His typical call bill is in the €3-5 mark.  The sales guy caught him on a bad month as my brothers who spend the odd weekend with him had hammered his bill  driving it up to something astronomical like €30. So he signed up. He shouldn’t have.  The salesman shouldn’t have sold it to him ...