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:
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
Whenever our company has an idea, Andrew brings it to life!
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