Master the art of rate negotiation with humor and finesse. Set, negotiate, and survive rate increases for thriving client projects.
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Let's learn about billing clients based on project deliverables, milestones or percentages of completion, we create a better business.
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ChatGPT has massive implications for your agency workflow, not just in the future, but sooner than you may think. Beyond our own conclusions, we asked ChatGPT why that is and the answer was amazing. Come see why!
What keeps the work flowing at your agency? Most successful agencies have Traffic Project Managers. It's a key role to keep cash flow flowing. Find out more in our article!
If your advertising agency, web design shop, IT firm or business consultancy is hiring freelancers, you know that everyone will tell you what to do, but is anyone as brave as your friends at Net Net to publish our top 6 don't dos (or don'ts maybe) for brining them on? We don't know, so let's bottom line it with today's article.
How does your advertising agency, web design shop, software firm, IT shop or business consultancy find really great freelancers to help your scale your business? Here are some ideas we've come across.
One of a company's bread and butter and most trusted sources of productivity would be its freelancers. Besides the fact that they are more than capable of delivering their work on time, they are also skilled enough to do it in an exemplary manner. That said, we as company owners are responsible for paying them on time so they wouldn't feel left out despite their best efforts at work.This may get a bit challenging, as we also have to ensure that they are paid according to our payment schedules. Luckily, we have a lot of options that will allow us to do just that.
Having the right people on board is quite important for any business, as they're responsible for completing the tasks and doing what they can to uplift the company. However, often founders find it difficult to find, hire and retain the best people who are ready to stay with the team for a long time and to give the company all that they can.One of the best solutions to this problem is to employ freelancers to fill in the blanks. If you’re not using freelancers to work on your marketing or other departments, it's definitely worth considering. After all, it can prove to be much more cost-efficient in the long run.
There's a commonly held perception that independent contractors are freelancers living off the unemployment system or computer nerds working from home. The fact is, this is a grievous stereotype, one that doesn't accurately reflect the reality of freelance agents.As digital working has evolved and matured, so have the roving digital workers. Independent contractors who meet regulatory requirements and have the right tools for their job are in demand. For this reason, these independent contractors have a much greater leverage when choosing the right employer.From social media content creation to online marketing and search engine optimization, marketing agencies and businesses are increasingly turning to them to fill various roles. If you’re running one of these companies, it’s best to know how to properly deal with freelancers.
A crucial part of running a business is ensuring a project is done within the projected timeframe. If a company fails to deliver within a specific timeframe, it will cost money and time. This is why variance analysis is done.Variance analysis is a way to determine the degree to which the figures deviate from the projected figure. A variance will be low if the actual results are closer to the projected potential. The more the exact figure differs from the projected figure, the higher the variance.
Recent world events have drastically changed the modern workplace. Although in-office work is still essential for some businesses, most workplaces today work in a hybrid setup.A hybrid workplace is where some people work on-site while others work at home on their computers. While this environment offers many benefits, like increased employee autonomy, improved work-life balance, and enhanced mobility, it presents its own set of challenges.In a working environment where part of the workforce is working in-office, and another is working remotely, work management is the primary issue. However, a proper work management platform can address this drawback.
Today's business landscape is changing faster than ever before, and this is primarily due to the technologies we use to support our business efforts. Unfortunately, this results in so many challenges, from trying to complete never-ending to-do lists down to staying on top of deadlines. As a result, the stress that one can experience is truly unimaginable at times. However, new solutions are available to counteract this problem, and one such solution is workflow management software.
Long gone are the days of knocking on doors and handing out fliers to increase brand awareness. Today, social media is extremely important for businesses because it can help find new clients and engage with interested users and existing customers. With plenty of social media platforms out there for companies to take advantage of, it’s all too easy to get lost in the choices. Too many brands focus solely on just being visible on social media, and completely forget to consider whether they’re doing it the right way. One mistake can make a business’s reputation take a huge hit, and a damaged reputation online may be challenging to fix.
Have you ever found yourself hesitant to click the buy button even with all the items in your cart? If so, you're not alone. Thousands of online customers run into the same situation, and this is a problem that many companies fail to find a fix for. After all, no matter how many items are left sitting in the cart, no money will be made if the customer does not check out.
The world of social media may sometimes be a roller coaster of trends that come and go. After handling your company’s social media pages for some time, it may be normal for the number of followers to dip and seemingly hit a wall. While it helps to hear that this is perfectly normal, any good marketer will naturally want to get out of this slump and get the ball rolling once again.
Social media is a powerful tool for any business owner. It gives you the opportunity to connect with your customers and potential new ones on a personal level, which can be difficult in other marketing channels like email or television ads.There are many ways that businesses use social media to increase their exposure and make themselves known.
Project management tools are used to manage projects and the teams that work on them. They help track progress, allocate resources, share information, communicate updates, etc. It is easy for a project manager to stay on top of things with these great tools! But what about everyone else?These people also benefit from using project management tools because they can see exactly what needs to be done at any given time which means that they can be more productive.In this article, we'll discuss some benefits of using a project management tool for your agency.
The first step of time management is logging all your time. Time, unlike money, cannot be saved for later use.The problem with not logging your time is that you are missing out on the opportunity to see where wasted time is occurring and how it can be reduced or eliminated.Logging your time also allows you to keep track of how productive you are being during the day. Below, we'll list all of the reasons why logging time is extremely important for your agency.
Creating an effective website is a time-consuming and comprehensive process. Therefore, it's essential for everyone, including the client, to stay on the same page during the development process.The Double Diamond strategy model is a great way to plan out your website development project. It's an easy-to-follow process that helps you avoid costly mistakes and provides clarity for the entire team.Read on to learn more about four reasons why this process works so well.
Cash flow management is one of the most important tasks for any business. If you want to make sure that your business will be successful, then it's crucial to monitor cash flow in real-time.One way to do this is by using the have, will have, should have, could have model. This blog post will discuss how this model can help you manage your cash flow and be more successful when making financial decisions related to your business.
Project bonuses are often used by companies to motivate their employees. The idea is that if an employee works hard and does a good job, then they will be given a bonus. However, this isn't always the case.Sometimes people work hard but don't get any kind of reward for it, which can lead to resentment among employees.Others may feel like they are being taken advantage of because they have to put in so much extra work without getting anything in return for it.In this article, we'll explore whether or not project bonuses are valuable to your agency.
When it comes to client communications, the best way is not always just a phone call or an email. Sometimes, you may need to use a visual presentation in order for your clients to fully understand what you want them to do. In this blog post, we'll discuss four ways to use screen recordings for client conferences.
Many clients have unreasonable expectations about the timeline for their project. They want to know when they can expect it to be complete and will push back on you if they don’t like your answer.This is a problem that we all face at some point in our careers as designers or developers.In this article, we'll break down what unreasonable delays are and how you can address them with your client by using patience and empathy in order to avoid conflict.
Today, we'll talk about how the "25-15 resource planning method" can help you keep projects on track, address any fires that arise, more accurately predict lead times and generally keep the stress levels down for your staff and yourself. The team behind Net Net are agency people, running pro services for nearly 20 years and we've always used this method with great success.
Internal projects often slip to the needs of the clients in your professional services business. We offer 4 compelling reasons on why you should consider prioritizing internal projects as highly as you do anyone else who is paying you. It'll help you scale faster and more consistently than ever.
Find out more about Net Net, the powerful workflow management app that helps identify, estimate, manage, track and report on projects and retainers.
Sure, it’s freedom to wear sweatpants 24/7 – but freelancing is much, much more. Whether it’s forgetting the camera is on while bringing a Zoom call to the bathroom or forgetting that the mute button is a thing, 2020 has given us an unprecedented look into working from home. New and unexpected for many, and a regular routine for many more!
According to Edelman Intelligence, 36% of the US workforce – 57.3 million – are freelancers. This sizable population contributes $1.4 trillion to the US economy through freelance work. It’s no wonder a platform like Upwork posts 3 million jobs every year, worth a total of $1 billion in freelancing gigs.
If your selling price is based on the hours you take to complete a task rather than the value you give to the client, you deem yourself a commodity. It’s simple, really; freelancer laborers work at an hourly rate, while freelancer leaders work based on the value they provide. Creating your pricing strategy based on the actual time it takes to complete a job is in essence a method of restricting your growth. Why? You’re only getting a small portion of the profit made from the work you do.