I always start a conversation with a potential client by alerting them to the fact that while I do have a college degree, it’s probably the most worthless degree that exists…and I definitely did not go to design school.
I do this so that they are fully aware, right from the start, that I do not operate the way a traditional designer does.
To be completely honest, I’m not even sure HOW a traditional designer works…
But this is what it’s like to work with me.
Step 1: The Chat
All prospective projects start out with a chat.
I prefer a Skype or a Zoom session, but phone works too.
The most important part of the chat is you telling me, in your own way, what it is you do…and WHY.
(Technically, the why is almost more important than the what.)
If we are a good fit, I start getting ideas for the website whilst we are talking…
that’s the intuitive part.
From there, we discuss what you want your website to do for you, what you need it to accomplish, etc.
Step 2. The Quote
After we chat, I sit down and put together a few options, at a few different price points.
On my Authentic Alchemy page, you can see the base prices for my most common packages. These aren’t set in stone, and sometimes increase, based on the size and needs of the website, but I also offer specialty pricing.
Step 3. Your Part
Once you decide which package works for you, I require a 50% deposit.
I have a form for you to fill out, and an ideal client worksheet.
I also have everyone do a Pinterest board for inspiration. It shouldn’t be website related – just anything that inspires you or feels like YOU.
Oh, and pictures. I need legit, high-quality pictures from you. None of that, “well, my friend took this great pic of me on their phone with a busy background and it’s a little blurry, but I love it” nonsense.
Finally, content. Unless you paid me for copywriting services, I’m going to need your content.
Step 4. My Part
After I get all that from you, I start building the first draft.
I don’t do wire-frames (a pdf image of what the site will look like) – I do a fully functioning website. You can click around, see the workflow, etc.
I always tell clients I’ll do up to three different drafts – but the truth is, I’ve never had to do more than one.
I’m usually close enough with the first go that it just takes a few tweaks, a little back and forth, until you’ve got a site that feels just right.
The Fine Print
With all that being said…there are some things to mention.
If you want a copy-cat website of your favorite guru, don’t bother getting in touch. There are plenty of people out there who can do that for you.
If you have set-in-stone ideas of what you want your website to look like, again, look elsewhere.
Not everyone is a good fit, and that’s okay. Doesn’t mean we can’t be friends. 🙂
Now the details of that sale…
As of today, I am booked through mid-January.
Starting next year, I will be doing ONE website a month.
That means, I’ve got 10 spots open. (I’m taking June off.)
Oh, and at the end of this year, I’ll be raising my rates about 40%.
So, if you’d like to get on my schedule, and secure your spot…now is the time to do it.
I will leave this offer open till November 30th.