I currently live in NYC - uber-expensive. I'm planning to quit my job very soon (maybe Monday) and go fulltime with my own consulting business. Its technology related and I've had 2 clients thus far and I have evidence I can charge a sizable hourly rate and there's a market for it, but I haven't had time to really market it and the biggest problem is I am not available to make sales calls during the day. I've had inquires from Fortune 100 companies where I come off totally unprofessional unable to even schedule a call during business hours so I think its time to free up my schedule.
posted by daveindc
on Jun 28, 2013 -
Project Managament online app with custom fields, with database-type customisability, custom data fields. [more inside]
posted by choppyes
on Feb 11, 2012 -
Looking for a network building/maintaining tool. Is there some sort of app (mac or web based) that will allow me to track how long it has been since talking to someone? Ideally I'd like to see one page with a horizontal bar graph with the number of days since last contact on the x-axis. So as the time between talking grows, the bar expands outwards. [more inside]
posted by Homo economicus
on Aug 30, 2011 -
I'm founding a startup! Yaaay! I have some friends who like my idea and want to help me. However, I have no money to pay them, so I'm guessing that I'll need to give them a piece of the action. I don't want to get screwed, but at the same time, I don't want to be perceived as a jerk. What is the most fair way to divide up the pie? What's the best way to approach this discussion without coming off as a jerk? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B
on May 26, 2011 -
Are there any sites with ideas for new web services? I'm in an entrepreneurial slump and ideas are a dime a dozen--so where are all the ideas? Trying to find inspiration for creating a new consumer web service. [more inside]
posted by Elminster24
on Apr 24, 2011 -
I'm a web developer with enough proven abilities to develop good stuff that end users like. I'm employed, but want to start a business with a couple of friends with complementary skill sets in the technical side of things. We'd like to create one or more web-based products used by small-to-mid-size businesses and/or individual consumers, paid for on a monthly basis using a "software as a service" model.
We've got more than enough combined development and graphical/UX design abilities, but we have no solid product ideas that we feel confident enough about to start doing the enormous amount of work involved in any of them. The main problem with any idea we get is this question: how on Earth do you convince anybody to pay you money for the product? [more inside]
posted by lifeless
on Sep 6, 2010 -
Is it a good idea for a freelance web designer to work through a middleman? I have someone, a family member, let's just call him "Alfred", who has made a business proposition with me. [more inside]
posted by starpoint
on Feb 26, 2010 -
What should I use to set up a simple, cool-looking small business site for a non-techy friend? [more inside]
posted by Gucky
on Dec 19, 2009 -
Where can I find simple, yet professional and elegant web template/ Wordpress theme for cleaning business? [more inside]
posted by zeikka
on Nov 8, 2009 -
I'm about to start some new business ventures and my current web host has not been doing a very good job so I want to switch while things are still small. Helllp! [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster
on Nov 2, 2008 -
What's an editorial plan? Do topic-focused weblogs (like the Gawker Media ones) have one? How do they work out what sort of content goes on their blog? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Sep 7, 2008 -
I'm sure this question will not make me the most popular student at the dance, but is there a way to identify (via IP) machines running BitTorrent clients within an internal network (ie. work)?
My company has around 50 employees, and the old, "Please don't torrent at work" doesn't seem to be doing much good anymore.
It brings our email and web browsing to a near standstill, and dropping by the "usual suspects" is not only tiresome, but doesn't seem to find all the sources of traffic any longer.
Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
posted by numlok
on Aug 11, 2008 -
What's the best approach to take with the a lead software developer after being left holding the ball? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 1, 2008 -
What email service does your company use? The small company I work for (10 employees and growing quickly) uses GoDaddy now, primarily for historical reasons, and it's pretty terrible. Any recommendations for enterprise email services?
posted by x41-pbj
on Mar 24, 2008 -
What kind of web stats can I provide my bosses, to satisfy their hunger for "measurable stats" but avoid going down a rathole and losing focus? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 23, 2008 -
I have an idea for a web-based business and not only need a web page but a program to keep track of units/credits, no money involved. It would involve marketing/advertising which I have experience in but no experience in computer programming. Where do I go from here?
posted by bethrossrn
on Jun 21, 2007 -
Where can I find a partner to help me build a business based on a Web service? I'm 18, I'm not going to be in college for at least a year, and I can fund the venture for 6+ months out-of-pocket. But the programming is far too much work for just one person. [more inside]
posted by jbb7
on Feb 26, 2006 -
I'm looking for factual arguments to my boss that paying good money for a good website is worthwhile. [more inside]
posted by jeremias
on Feb 18, 2006 -
I run a small local computer repair business. I have a website and i have acquired a DBA (assumed name) in the name that i use for my business. the problem is that my website, lets call it computer repair man for example, i own THECOMPUTERREPAIRMAN.com. the site without the word "the" infront of it is taken by someone else. If they havent trademarked "computer repairman" can I? Or if they were using it first without TM do they still have the rights to it? If they have already done it, can i trademark "the computer repairman"? How else can i protect my companies identity??
posted by Bjkokenos
on Jan 26, 2006 -
I am considering starting up a small (one person) web consulting business, offering web design and development, newsletters, blogs etc. Advice from those with relevant experience would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by pasd
on Aug 10, 2005 -
Does anyone have their blog on their business card?
Have you handed it out in an attempt at networking? What has the response been? Positive? Negative? (More Inside) [more inside]
posted by tozturk
on Jun 1, 2005 -
I am running a free Web-based service for friends and acquaintances. Lately, the volume on this service has been growing greatly. The next step is to move the service to a professional host. I am thinking of putting a paypal donation button on the site to help pay for it. Are there any legal or tax issues I need to worry about? Do I need a business license? What if I want to start selling Cafe Press items or running Google ads? I am located in the USA.
posted by Orkboi
on Jan 16, 2005 -
I am the "neighbourhood geek" where I live, and so end up giving away a lot of free tech support. I am perfectly happy to do so, and now plan to start up my own web site where I dispense knowledge I have recently been asked for to the world. Kinda like "SlashDot... for dummies".
If the site gets sufficiently popular I may place some Google ads on it, but first I need to get my site "out there" and so I need to advertise, which I am willing to spend a few currency units on. I was going to use Google AdWords, but I'm really useless at picking keywords.
Are there better places to advertise, based on the target audience (non-geeks and wannabe-geeks) of my site?
posted by Mwongozi
on Nov 7, 2004 -
I am in Wisconsin and forming an agreement with a company interested in oursourcing some web design. I'd like to charge a flat fee per project. What is a fair percentage of the profit they make for me to ask for? 40%?
posted by anonymous
on Oct 28, 2004 -
When my company discusses web design service with potential clients, they generally *always* balk and get ornery about the cost. Most of the time, we're working for small businesses, so understandably, $5-$10k is a substantial chunk of change for people to shell out. We don't get upset when we lose bids for being too expensive because we've always been taught that compromising our rate is not the solution... you simply can't meet everyone's budget. That being said, we turn away enough people who expect websites to cost $500-$1500 that I think there might be a market supportive enough to create solutions for. [come inside, won'tcha?] [more inside]
posted by Hankins
on May 13, 2004 -
I want to start a web design business focusing primarily on Flash design, but I need some tips on how to acquire clients. [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by banished
on Mar 16, 2004 -
I've been asked to redesign a medium-sized corp (60 employees) web site. The current host is dreadful and I want to switch it to Dreamhost, who I use for all my small clients without problem. How will moving their web site/domain to a different host affect their email? [MI] [more inside]
posted by dobbs
on Jan 13, 2004 -