get started: do you really want to work with me?

artistSo, if you’ve clicked to this page, you may be pretty ready to get to work on your web presence. There’s a worksheet that you’ll use to help me estimate your project costs and make recommendations. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that this worksheet also helped them get clear on what it is they want to achieve.

Not sure you’re ready? I’ve worked with lots of folks over the years who weren’t ready and the website design/build process in particular got very frustrating for them very quickly. Here are some things to think about:

  • Do you have a business goal for your site? Do you know what you want your site to achieve in 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?
  • Do you know who your audience is? Can you picture him or her in your mind?
  • Do you know what you want your website to say (you might even have some copy written already)? Have you visited your competitors’ sites to see what’s standard practice for your industry?
  • Do you have a budget in mind? What do you expect in terms of ROI?
  • Do you have time to work on this project? For example, if you’re an accountant in the US, you probably want to wait until after April 15 to get started.

If you can give yourself positive answers about the above questions, then you are ready to do what it takes to make your online presence successful for you. Go on and click through to the project worksheet.

Do not click through to the worksheet if you …

  • need your site in the next two weeks. (Try Squarespace in this case…you can probably knock out the site yourself in a weekend.)
  • know you need a website but you don’t have any idea of what it will say, what it will look like, what it should be doing for you. (If this is the case, a discovery session might help you find your answers.)
  • “just need a few pages and a contact form.” (See above about Squarespace.)
  • have no budget in mind.

Above all: Be ready for me to tell you what to do (boss you around) and hit you with some tough love. Neither you nor I have time to waste, so let’s make this relationship count! Here is my process, in case you were wondering.

On to the worksheet!

Nope, not ready. Not even a little bit.

Be nice. Be real. Be happy.