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by Dan James
Creativity is not limited to design and development. Learning to look at your business as a creative endeavour allows you to make deals you never thought possible, find clients that are fun to work with, and create a team that will stay together for years to come. Dan’s workshop will walk you through over a decade of lessons learned (the hard way) running a small agency.
This is one out of four workshops held on the first day of FOWD2011.
by Dan James
In design and development we strive to share information both within our companies and externally with the communities we are a part of. We feel that openness is a good thing. We publicly discuss not only our larger ideas but the nitty gritty; the pixels and the code. If sharing is such a great thing, shouldn’t we be open about all aspects of what we do? In this session, Dan will make a case for opening up the business side of our companies. We’ll look at what can be gained, and what could be lost, from pulling back the curtain on all of the gory business details.
by Paul Boag
Many go freelance or set up their own agency in search of more freedom, more time and more cash. However, in reality many web design businesses are more demanding on their founders than even the most unreasonable boss.
Freelancers often work longer hours, take less holiday and have poorer work-life balances than most employed web designers. The business becomes a monster that has to be fed constantly.
In his talk, Paul looks at how to grow your business in a controlled way that facilitates the life you want to live. From sales and marketing to client management and getting work done, Paul shows you how to “work to live” rather than “live to work.”
16th–18th May 2011