Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Our most common jobs consist of personal websites. Lately we have been working with alot of small businesses to help them create an online presence.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. As a customer you always want to do your own background check. Take a look at a company portfolio, or even review their website. Is it appealing? Do you have to go hunting for information? You can even check social media sites to get a feel for the company and get a preview of what you may be getting yourself into. Shop around and make sure you have several options in mind, and evaluate them all!
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. If I was a customer I would want to know the difference between good design and bad design. Anyone can create a logo, banner, website, etc.. the real question is, how good is it?
Knowing a consulting firm or a freelancer has great design skills and provides high quality websites will make it that much easier to use their services.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Before starting any project a customer should know what their budget is. This will allow for us to review different options and provide several alternatives if necessary. Aside from a budget, everything runs so much smoother when we have define requirements along with examples of what they are looking for. Everything else falls into place.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. We focus primarily on entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profits. Linked Minds Consulting understands what its like to work on a small budget, with a need to get the most out of your money. Therefore, we have affordable pricing and have different discount promotions to accommodate our clients.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. What I enjoy most is creating a website from scratch. It starts off as a requirements document and turn into reality. Seeing the smile on a clients face let's us know we've done our job. However, getting a hug let's us know we've definitely exceeded our clients expectations and then some
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Customers always ask us "How long is this going to take" or "What do you need from me"..
We notice that a lot of or customers know what they want, but are unsure of how it gets accomplished. We simply respond by letting them know that we will work with them to define any key requirements, and lay out all content, or additional information needs we may have that they should provide.
The more we define and discuss in our kickoff meeting the smoother the project will go. By laying out all the key tasks it is easy for a client to see why the estimate duration of the project is what it is.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I honestly, wish that customers understood the amount of time and effort that is put into a creative design for a logo or even a website. Although it may look simple, there are a lot of intricate pieces to the puzzle.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. After taking web programming and development courses I knew that I had a passion for developing great websites. Everything else fell into place from there....
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. We recently completed the second phase of a redesign project for a non-profit organization. Working with the founder proved to not only be smooth interaction from a requirements standpoint but was very fun. We took his ideas and transformed them into a work of art. The website started out very busy and was not consistent. After a few revisions we were able to provide a more excited and interactive experience throughout the websute. Our client was very satisfied and spread the word about our services to some of his colleagues and long time friends. We owe much of our success to him1
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. In order to provide the best services to your clients you must always stay up to date with new technologies and standards. By actively reading blogs, and take courses specific to web development and design we can offer our clients top level services.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. Our most recent project was creating a website for an author. It took about a month to complete, and we had great communication and feedback to eliminate delays. All in all, the project was very successful and came to about $1000 (this price also included modifications to another existing site).
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. Each service has different pacing. All of our pricing details can be found on our individual product pages. Please navigate by viewing our website.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. For anyone interested in web design or graphic resin, you must have patience and creativity. There are often instances where the revision process may go on for sometime. While having the ability to create a website or a graphic is great, you must be creative and have fresh ideas to succeed.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. What is more important, a website or a business card?
In order to have a business card a business owner should have a website even if it may just be a landing pages which shows general information about the business and how to keep in contact. A business card should open a doorway for potential clients by providing them with basic information about you and your business. Later on they will definitely go online to check out your website if they have not done so already.