How to Find & Hire a Designer from Dribbble

I wrote this article for web shops and tech startups looking to hire design talent. About twice a week someone emails me “I need to find a designer, can you help me?” Hiring talented people at an affordable rate is getting tougher and tougher. Finding talented people is easy. The easier you can find someone means others are finding them and they have plenty of leads and offers, and their rate is higher. It’s harder

PayPal Customer Service is Painful, WePay is THE PayPal Alternative

Paypal is terrible. I know that, you know that, Paypal even knows that. Paypal’s customer support is notorious for being terrible. They’re known for freezing the funds of their customers for no reason, their antiquated user interface is confusing and half the “download reports” buttons don’t even work. There’s a reason their customers build things like this website. WePay is a payment solution that’s been around for years. They’ve been on our radar and we’ve always wanted

Why and How To Get Client Referrals

We are using a web design shop as an example throughout this article, but these principles can be applied to almost any small business. Hypothetical Math Let’s say you build websites for an average of $7,000 in cost, and you build 40 websites per year. Awesome. Your revenue is probably around $280,000 annually. Maybe two of those 40 clients ended in “not exactly friendly terms,” but you have 38 clients who you launched websites for

Choosing Your Clients

“Who will I work with?”: A CPA’s story on client acquisition When I started my company The Green Abacus last January, I was faced with the question, “Who will I work with?” As part of a bigger question, “What is my story?” It’s a question I revisit and refresh often. MY STORY I started off in public accounting and knew nothing about customer prequalification and on-boarding. When I first became a CPA in 2010, I

How I Write an Article, Going from Idea to Rough Draft

Since co-starting LessEverything in 2007, I’ve written over 350 blog articles. I never thought I’d spend so much time writing as part of my job. Admittedly, I am not a great writer and I never received A’s in English classes. I didn’t grow up with aspirations to teach, share information or write articles like these. Surprisingly, writing has become an instrumental part of our “success story,” or rather, “We write stuff and other people read it

From Rough Draft to Published Article, Our Editing Process.

In a previous article, I wrote about how we handle our content developmentfor the LessAccounting blog. That article talked about a rough draft article’s origin. We’re not going to cover where we get inspiration for articles or article types. This post is about our editing process after a rough draft is created. People involved in our content: Me (Allan)I write or start most of the articles.I also get the article live in our blog, make the

SEO + Content Development, Simplified. The 3 Types of Articles We Write.

I’ll start by saying content development and search engine optimization will not save your business if you have a shitty product or service. But they do have a small place in our grand marketing adventure. Since 2007, we have written over 500 articles for our LessEverything.com blog. We wrote to share, and we wrote to satisfy ourselves creatively. The traffic to that blog grew, and although it was nothing worth bragging about, it still gets clicks

Best Software for Freelancers

There is more software available for small businesses and freelancers than ever before, and it’s getting easier and cheaper to use. We have to work to get paid, and it’s hard to find time to search out the latest tools. I spoke to a few of my design and developer friends to see what they think is the best software for freelancers. This review is from Sept 2013, I’ll try to post a new review

You’re Going Out Of Business, You Just Don’t Realize It

We’ve all driven past businesses with “Going out of Business” signs. Being that our businesses don’t have storefronts, what does a failing freelance career or failing tech business look like? Here’s a common case of a web consultancy A freelancer will get a couple of well-paying clients. Hooray! Months of money earning goes by, slowly their ego puffs up. This freelancer might hire a person to help them, maybe rent an office. Business spending gets