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Best Practices for running a web development business

Evan Kimbrell, Director at Sprintkick

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20 Lessons (1h 47m)
    • 1. Welcome to the class!

    • 2. First thing to do

    • 3. Under promise, over deliver

    • 4. What is agile? Should I use it?

    • 5. Client budgets and what difference they make

    • 6. Web presence clients aren't worth it

    • 7. Price per project, price per hour

    • 8. Should you worry about competition?

    • 9. Beautiful design makes beautiful development

    • 10. Hedging your launch date

    • 11. Rich clients versus successful clients

    • 12. Running without contracts

    • 13. Red flags for bad clients

    • 14. Tell when you're getting fizzled

    • 15. Don't quote off the top of your head

    • 16. Is there a benefit to delivering early?

    • 17. Meeting in person

    • 18. Repeat customers are the best

    • 19. Avoid assumers

    • 20. Keep the learning going


About This Class

When it comes to running a web development business you'll have to establish an online presence, grow and maintain a client base, create an amazing portfolio, and make sure that every single one of your clients leaves happy, bonus points if they come back.

Assuming you have a general idea of how to do the above (and if not I just so happen to teach other courses on them) this class goes on to cover a breadth of more advanced topics such as how to price your projects (per hour or per project), legality (contract or no contract), development methodology, and more answers to questions you might have when you first start out.

This course offers a nice mix of what I have learned in growing my own web development business, now passed on to you.

What you'll learn:

  • Use advanced best practices to maintain your businesses growth
  • Recognize red flags for clients before you start working with them
  • Figure out the optimal pricing configuration for your rates
  • Handle client meetings in person
  • Tell when clients are not likely to accept an estimate or proposal
  • Make long term decisions about which clients to retain and which to lose

What you'll do: 

This project is discussion-based. Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to use (or should have used) a best practice covered in the course? Share with us.





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Evan Kimbrell

Director at Sprintkick

Hi, I'm Evan Kimbrell.

Thanks for checking out my classes.

Currently, I'm the Founder, Director of Sprintkick, a referral-based full service digital agency based out of San Francisco. Over the past 4 years, I've overseen the development and launch of over 100 web and mobile apps. Clients range from 1-2 man startups bootstrapping their initial idea to multibillion dollar Fortune 100's like Wal-Mart, Dick's Sporting Goods, & GNC.

Prior to Sprintkick, I worked as a VC for a ...

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