The Process

Battle tested. Client-approved.

Have you ever worked on a project that had no timeline, no clear goals, and no identifiable process? It's downright stressful.

That's why I use tools, workflows, and an overall project roadmap to make sure we both know exactly what needs to be delivered and when.

If you'd like to dive into a specific process, click one of the links below, otherwise keep reading:

The usual suspects...

Small businesses generally have two choices when hiring a vendor to help them build or redesign a website:

  • Multiple Freelancers: Feels like herding cats, and can leave you with part of the puzzle (a design, but no website) or a half-baked end-product (a website with no design).

  • Agencies: More pricey ($20,000+) and not always transparent (you could get the A-team or you could get outsourced to a subcontractor half way around the world).

I'm a digital sherpa. What's that?

Because I've worked for agencies and as a freelancer, I know neither of the above options are 100% ideal for small businesses. That's why I created Sherpa Design Co.: to be the perfect balance of both.

Just as sherpas help explorers scale the world's tallest mountains, I'll guide your business through the entire process of building a Hard-Working Website™.

That means handling all the technical legwork (from strategy and research to design and coding), so you can conquer your goals—and not get stuck somewhere in between!

I love project management!

Weird, right? It's a (mostly accurate) cliche that "creatives" dread project management, but the reason I love it is that a well-organized project actually leads to better work.

I use software (ActiveCollab) to track everything from key deadlines to the status of micro-level tasks, so we can stay focused on building the best end-product possible.

A sample project timeline

While every project will have different requirements, I always follow the same roadmap to keep things clear and consistent:

  • Week 1 — Initial Call: We hop on the phone to talk about your goals, and decide whether we might be a great fit to work on them together. If not, I'll recommend some alternatives.

  • Week 1 — Digital Strategy: A signed agreement and deposit gets us started, then we'll dive in with an intense, but fun digital strategy workshop that leads to in-depth research and a project brief document.

  • Week 2 — Planning & Content Development: We'll review wireframes of each unique page on your website, and content development will begin.

  • Week 3 — Design & Prototyping: I'll present a visual concept to you that includes your primary landing page and (optionally) several other unique pages.

  • Week 4 — Web Development: Once I finish coding the main landing page, we'll review it together on a live domain. From that point on, you'll be able to check in on the site in progress.

  • Week 6 — Testing & Launch: Your website-to-be will get tested on multiple devices and browsers. You'll process the final invoice, and we'll be good to go!

  • Week 7 — Training & Updates: After we launch, I'll train you or a team member on making basic content changes. We can either set up a retainer for regular customizations or play it by ear with hourly billing.

What will you build?

Since 2014, I've worked with over 35 small businesses to build impactful brands and Hard-Wording Websites, and I'm ready to put my 10,000+ hours of strategy, design, and coding knowledge to work for you.

Have a project in mind? Let's talk.

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