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Introducing Matthew's Design Co.

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Project Management

Articles about project management, organized by topic.

How to Schedule Multiple Freelance Projects (and Avoid Burnout)

You must have a system in place for scheduling freelance projects, setting your availability, and maximizing your down time if you want to avoid burnout and keep your freelance business running smoothly.

Project Management
A Beginner’s Guide to Value-Based Pricing

A value-based project is simply a fixed-fee project where the price is determined by the value of the outcome to the clients business – not the estimated time it will take to complete.

Pricing & PaymentsProject Management
6 Pricing Strategies for Freelancers (and When You Should Use Each)

As a freelancer, you get to decide how to bill your clients – and there's no right or wrong billing strategy. In this article, we'll look at hourly rates, daily rates, weekly rates, monthly retainers, fixed-fee projects, and value-based pricing methods and identify the pros and cons of each.

Pricing & PaymentsProject Management
How to Defend Your Design Decisions Without Sounding Defensive

When you put a design in front of a client, they're inevitably going to have an opinion on it. These strategies move the conversation away from who is right or wrong and re-focus both sides on the business goals the project aims to achieve.

Client ManagementProject Management
How to Make Your Invoice Names a Little Less Awful

Most freelancers don't spend time thinking about the best way to name an invoice, but caring about the seemingly trivial aspects of your business (that other freelancers ignore) is what will set you apart in the eyes of your clients.

Pricing & PaymentsProject ManagementStarting a Business
Don’t Break Your Own Rules

I only experience problems with clients when I break my own rules. Accepting that position, attitude, and perspective is what enables you to learn and grow from your mistakes and make better decisions in the future.

Project ManagementStarting a Business
How to Turn One Small Project Into Years of Predictable Income

There's nothing more valuable than having predictable income when you're a freelancer. Unreliable income holds us hostage to our business even if we've managed to free ourselves from past employers.

Getting ClientsProject ManagementStarting a Business
5 Tips for Managing Sick Days as a Freelancer

You aren't allocated a specific number of sick days each year as a freelancer. That's why it's important to have a plan for sick days before they happen.

ProductivityProject ManagementStarting a Business
25 Simple Design Terms Every Client Needs to Know

Have you ever worked with a designer and felt like they were speaking a totally different language? Every industry has it's own vocabulary. Before you invest thousands of dollars into a designer, you should familiarize yourself with their language.

Client ManagementProject Management
15 Simple Development Terms Every Client Needs to Know

Have you ever worked with a developer and felt like they were speaking a totally different language? Every industry has it's own vocabulary. Before you invest thousands of dollars into a developer, you should familiarize yourself with their language.

Client ManagementProject Management
How I Solved a Complex UX Problem Using the Bible

Find out how I used the Bible to solve a complex UX problem and design an interface that made browsing municipal code online easier for anyone.

Branding & MarketingProject Management
A Simple Design Process to Use for Every Digital Project

There's a simple 3 step process that you can use for every digital project by breaking the design process down to it's fundamental elements.

ProductivityProject Management
5 Tips for Qualifying a Freelancer

Finding and qualifying a freelancer for your next project business isn't easy. Hire the perfect person for your next project without a hassle.

Getting ClientsHiring a FreelancerProject Management
Struggling with Late Payments? Stop Blaming Your Clients

Have you ever been stiffed by a client? You convinced them to hire you, everyone was eager to get stared, and everything seemed to be going great, but the client either paid you late or never paid you at all.

Getting ClientsPricing & PaymentsProject Management
5 Ways to Prepare Yourself for Hiring a Freelancer

Freelancers often underestimate the amount of questions you have and the number of objections you need to overcome in order to hire them. The best thing you can do before hiring a freelancer is take the time to identify and define the purpose of the project.

Hiring a FreelancerProject ManagementStarting a Business
3 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Freelancer

Having worked with a lot of clients over the years, I've realized that the most successful ones do their homework. Outsourcing work to a freelancer or design agency you know very little about is a scary thought, especially if it’s work your business depends on.

Hiring a FreelancerProject Management
Good Looks Don’t Bring In Sales

Pretty doesn’t count. There are plenty of designers out there capable of providing a brilliant design for your website. However, form and function don’t always solve underlying problems and meet the clients ultimate goals.

Branding & MarketingProject Management
The Most Effective Way to Present Your Designs

Everyone has an opinion about the way things look. Even the most trusting clients will have revisions and change requests waiting for you after you present your work. But why? After all, they hired you because you are the expert, right?

Client ManagementProject Management
How Long Does it Take to Build a Website?

Whenever I am prospecting a new opportunity with a client, I often get asked how long it will take me to build the new website or application. The short answer is, it depends. Here are some factors that affect the timeline of a web project.

Branding & MarketingProject Management
How Much Does a Website Cost?

It’s surprising how many clients ask for a ballpark quote. Unfortunately, answering that question requires more information as each quote should be tailored to the clients specific business and needs.

Pricing & PaymentsProject ManagementStarting a Business