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The power of “no”

By Susan Snipes / Posted 5.24.2013 / In Business, Business Process / 0 comments

How many times have you said “no” to a potential client or a current client? There comes a time when “no” is the right answer: potential clients throw up your red flag, you’re offered a project you’re less than thrilled about, or a prospect has little to zero budget.

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Daily meetings for your team

By Susan Snipes / Posted 4.23.2013 / In Business, Business Process / 0 comments

At Q Digital Studio, we mix with a lot of development teams that are "agile" or practice "scrum methodology." We don't adhere to any strict methodology. Instead, we like to borrow ideas that sound good and then adapt them to our needs. One of these great ideas is the daily stand-up, aka the daily meeting.

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My top five client guidelines

By Susan Snipes / Posted 3.21.2013 / In Business, Business Process / 0 comments

Throughout my years as a freelancer and small business owner, I've developed a set of guidelines for managing web projects with clients. All of my rules are actively in practice. Well, except when they need to broken – and those caveats are noted below. Here are my five of my favorite client guidelines.

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Inherited projects

By Clinton Reeves / Posted 2.26.2013 / In Business, Business Process, Code, Code Process / 1 comment

New projects aren't the only source of work you are going to encounter as a web developer. In this article, I dive into some of the ins and outs of taking over a project built by another developer.

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Getting invoices paid

By Susan Snipes / Posted 12.18.2012 / In Business, Business Process, Tips / 2 comments

Over the years, I’ve sent thousands of invoices to hundreds of clients. I’ve discovered a few things that help get our invoices paid promptly and consistently. I’ve also learned a thing or two about dealing with late payments. Here are my tips for getting invoices paid consistently and how to deal with overdue invoices.

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How to plan for an online store

By Clinton Reeves / Posted 11.6.2012 / In Business, Business Process, Tips / 1 comment

Getting ready to build that first online store? In this article, we dive into some of the most important aspects and questions you'll need to answer before getting started.

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Hiring Secrets

By Susan Snipes / Posted 5.1.2012 / In Business, Business Process, Tips / 0 comments

I’m all about making it as easy as possible to find outstanding employees. Here are a few tips to help you find your own outstanding employees – all without investing too much time and with only minimal stress (I promise).

Should you respond to Requests for Proposals? brought to you by The META Q

Should you respond to Requests for Proposals?

By Susan Snipes / Posted 2.28.2012 / In Business, Business Process / 1 comment

Should your firm respond to RFPs? Is it just a waste of valuable resources? Over the years, I've refined an RFP process that optimizes our web shop’s efforts, and results in a healthy percentage of projects awarded.

An introduction to Version Control brought to you by The META Q

An introduction to Version Control

By Clinton Reeves / Posted 1.31.2012 / In Business, Business Process, Code, Code Process, Design, Design Process / 0 comments

Version Control Systems (or VCSs) are designed to record and manage changes made to computer documents. These systems store and track changes as you move through the development life cycle of a website. The benefits of Version Control Systems are not just limited to tracking changes. If you’re not currently using a VCS, find out how much better your website build (and your life) can be.

Crowdsourcing: The good, the not-so-good and the downright ugly brought to you by The META Q

Crowdsourcing: The good, the not-so-good and the downright ugly

By Lindsay McComb / Posted 1.3.2012 / In Business, Business Process, Social Media / 1 comment

Mass collaboration, or crowdsourcing (crowd + outsourcing) has the potential to be both awful and amazing, depending on how it’s wielded. Good, not-so-good or downright ugly? You decide.

Getting past the distraction of discount third-party services brought to you by The META Q

Getting past the distraction of discount third-party services

By Susan Snipes / Posted 11.22.2011 / In Business, Business Process / 0 comments

From time to time, clients are lured into buying hosting or printing based solely on low costs or huge discounts. While saving some money is certainly tempting, when it comes to third-party services like these, ”saving money” can actually wind up costing more in the long run.

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