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MOTOROLA MB200 CLIQ TITANIUM- Great Phone with Ever best Deals

Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 10:45 pm

Motorola Cliq MB200 with its improved Motoblur user interface, classy design and array of features has undoubtedly revolutionized the mobile industry. The Motorola MB200 CLIQ from T-Mobile makes use of the Android operating system from Google. Here are the key features:
• The Motorola Cliq has an attractive slider design 3.1 inches wide display with the unique Motoblur function. The Cliq is a portable phone having measures at 4.49 inches in height, 2.28 inches in width and 0.61 inches in thickness. The Cliq offers a full QWERTY keyboard which is quite roomy and the letters on the keys are large, raised and brightly lit.
• The Motorola Cliq operates on a 528 MHz processor and comes with internal memory of 512MB ROM and 256MB RAM. The phone can support a micro SD card up to 32GB. Battery life is rated at 6 hours in talk time mode and standby time is 13.5 hours.
• The Cliq comes with the expected basic features such as a vibrate mode, text, multimedia messaging, an alarm clock, a calculator, USB mass storage, Google Talk, Google voice search, instant messaging, stereo Bluetooth, visual voice mail, speaker-independent voice dialing, GPS, Wi-Fi and PC syncing.
• The phone also supports a wide array of email options and you can include POP3 services such as Hotmail, Yahoo, Windows Live, and sync with your corporate accounts using Outlook Web Access (OWA). T
• he Motorola Cliq offers users a new and unique browsing and email experience with its new MotoBlur application. With the MotoBlur you are always connected. You can easily read messages, write on your wall and those of your contacts, share and upload pictures and see the status of all your contacts in the MotoBlur Happenings widget located on the home screen. The phone supports Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.
• The Motorola Cliq comes with a powerful 5-megapixel camera that takes nice pictures in different modes. The Cliq also comes with a functional music player that supports a number of music and video file formats. You can set songs as ringtones directly from the music player.

So the Motorola MB200 Cliq is one of the best among high performance Android phones. CellHub.com has a great deal on Cliq Titanium now-a-days. This Motorola Smartphone is available at Special promotion offer. The special offers on Motorola Cliq includes: Free Phone! Free Activation! Free Bluetooth headset (worth $29.99)! Free 2 Day FedEx shipping.

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Preparing the Checkout Area For Your Dollar Store Grand Opening

Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 5:06 pm

Those running a dollar store appreciate the ease of managing when the proper pre-planning and decision making was completed prior to the actual dollar store grand opening of their business. Some of the decisions and actions that seemed almost insignificant prior to opening the doors turn out to be immensely important. One example is all of the decisions that go into the checkout area of the store. If the right layout, traffic flow, equipment and supplies are added, the efficiency of the entire checkout process is positively impacted. If not, checkout becomes a hassle for shoppers and a major workload for cashiers.

But there is more. Poor design may increase the investment requirement in this all important area of your store. Ask anyone who’s running a dollar store and they will share all of the costs associated with equipment and supplies for each and every checkout station. The list is long. Among the equipment and supplies to have in-place before your dollar store grand opening are:

* Checkout stands

* Cash register(s)

* Credit card machine (if not part of your cash register system)

* Telephones

* Plastic T-Shirt Bags

* T-Shirt bag stand (1 per cash register)

* Shopping bags (Gift card size, and larger purchase size)

* Tissue paper (To wrap breakable merchandise when sold)

* Pens, paper, tape, paper clips and other basic office supplies

The checkout area is mission critical for your business. Do a poor job in design and setup and you risk having the last thing every buyer remembering is a terrible experience, employees having to deal with upset customers while trying to work in a confusing location, and of course more money spent on equipment and supplies before after opening, and higher payroll after the store opens.

Don’t risk problems. Carefully preplan the layout for this area. Make sure you have the right equipment and supplies. Set yourself up for success when running a dollar store!

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How Much More Could Your Business Be Worth?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 6:02 am

Interesting question isn’t it? What do you need to do to make your business worth more, to your customers and to you? Many times just small changes can have a significant affect on the bottom line. When was the last time you really looked at your business to find areas to make improvements or cut expenses? Did you do this yourself, with employees, or did you hire someone to evaluate your business?
If you did this yourself, chances are, you were looking at your perception of the business, not what other people think of it. Although your employees will have a different view of the business than you, their perception may also be limited by their position and experience. Even your customers will have a limited view based on the experiences they have had with your company.
Have you ever thought about a Life Coach or Business Mentor to help you through your challenges? As a small business owner, I know first-hand the difficulties of evaluating various business opportunities and challenges. Many times I approached other business people in various segments of the market place and on occasion a business consultant. I found that other business people really wanted to limit their time and their minds seemed to be somewhere else, probably on their own business, and rightly so.
Consultants’ scope of expertise always seemed so narrow. They are either accountants, lawyers, or engineers who have limited breadth of business knowledge. No doubt they knew their field but really couldn’t help with the big picture questions.
By hiring a Life Coach Business Mentor you will explore areas of your business you probably never thought of; new markets, branding, employee loyalty, and well, yourself. Once new areas are identified and existing ones fine-tuned, your business will be like one of those 1960′s muscle cars fresh out of the overhaul shop. Glistening and raring to go! And just like those 60′s cars, your business will be worth much more than the cars were on the showroom floor.
Think of the Coach/Mentor as your ace mechanic getting your car ready to be powershifted all the way to finish line. Take about added value. With a better bottom line, more efficient customer service and a clear vision of where you are going, your business value has increased greatly. Remember, all the assets in the world aren’t worth anything without a future and a great bottom line.
Although prospective buyers want to look at a company’s history, they really want to know what the company’s potential and Return on Investment are.

Brian Simms
Click the link below for more information on Life Coaching and Business Mentoring
www.powershiftspirit.com

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Brian Simms is the co founder of PowerShiftSpirit.com, a personal development program and audio series.

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Instant Office Cleaning Kit Review

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 9:50 am

Of all the business opportunities that I have looked at lately one has stood out above all the others. The office cleaning business is particularly attractive as it offers low startup costs, good profit potential and excellent growth prospects.

One way to learn about this business is to do some research. Some experienced cleaning business operators have written books designed to fast track newcomers to success. In these guides they share some of their tips and tricks to help beginners get started and succeed.

If you have been searching for such information online you will have surely read about the Instant Office Cleaning Kit by Sam Rodman. In the following article we offer our opinion on this guide and the accompanying material that it comes with.

Sam Rodman is an office cleaning business veteran who has run a successful Florida based commercial cleaning service since 1992. His success story is really interesting and it is worth reading through his site to learn how he climbed the ladder.

This course is reasonably comprehensive in providing you with everything that you will need to be successful. Sections include advertising on a budget, how to charge for cleaning jobs and how to hire staff and organize them into cleaning crews. This is just a small taste of what is inside but it gives you an idea.

The guide offers a comprehensive mix of practical information on cleaning as well as on business development so matter what your background is you are covered.

As part of the course, customers receive a copy of Rodman’s unique cleaning agreement. He feels that this agreement is partly responsible for his ability to win clients so easily.

The package includes four reports on up-selling additional services to offices. This is in addition to many other bonuses such as business forms and standard letters and a square foot price estimating chart. There is really a lot included here and you should read through the site in case I missed anything.

Rodman includes a number of checks on his site to give prospective entrepreneurs a taste of the possibilities in office cleaning. The client names have been blocked out but the amount that he claims to be making from clients is clear in broad daylight. Not bad for what can be a part-time job.

The Instant Office Cleaning Kit is currently available for $37.97 and it comes with a full money back guarantee. If for any reason you don’t like it you can get your money back so you may as well go ahead and take a look for absolutely no risk.

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For more information on The Instant Office Cleaning Kit and to see how it compares with other cleaning startup guides visit – Start a Cleaning Business

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Raymond mill working principle and maintenance

Monday, October 20, 2014 | 11:51 am

Raymond mill

Raymond mill is one main products of our company.And as one of the biggest production base in China, our company have produced the Raymond mill with better wom in the Raymond mill market. And abiding by the enterprising spirit of “quality first” and service principle of “customers primary”,we company have put forward the operation idea of “good faith and truth seeking “.

Working principle of Raymond Mill

Raymond mill are mainly applied to crush the barite, limestone, ceramic, slag with the Mohs hardnes of less than 9.3 degree and the super thin powder process of over 280 materials in the non-flame and explosive field of mining,metallurgy,chemicswith the moisture of lower than 6%. And the final particle size can be adjusted at the range of 60-325monyh and some materials can reach the extreme high degree of 500monyh.

When Raymond mill working,the materials will be delivered into the machine body by the feeding hopper installed on the sidewall of the cover shell.Abiding by the roller equipments swung on the star rack of the main machine body,it will make the revolution movement by surrounding the vertical axis and make the autorotation movement at the same time.Due to the centrifugal force,the roller will swing outside and give much pressure on the gringing ring so that the shovel can deliver the materials to the space between the roller and ring,thus achieving the crushing aims.

Raymond mill Maintenance and Repair:

1. Prior to installation of the equipment, all the people who will be assigned to operate the equipment have to be technically trained to know the principle and rules of operation. Someone should be specially selected and put in charge of the operation.

2. To ensure normal operation of the equipment, a manual containing strict rules and procedures for its operation, maintenance and repair should be well prepared and followed. Tools, replacement parts for maintaining, repairing and lubricating oil and grease must be available for immediate use.

More informations:

http://www.crushermills.com/mill/raymond-mill.html

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make money with your own mmj shop!

Sunday, October 19, 2014 | 5:56 am

Many people assume that marijuana was made illegal through some kind of process involving scientific, medical, and government hearings; that it was to protect the citizens from what was determined to be a dangerous drug.

The actual story shows a much different picture. Those who voted on the legal fate of this plant never had the facts, but were dependent on information supplied by those who had a specific agenda to deceive lawmakers. You’ll see below that the very first federal vote to prohibit marijuana was based entirely on a documented lie on the floor of the Senate.

You’ll also see that the history of marijuana’s criminalization is filled with:

Racism
Fear
Protection of Corporate Profits
Yellow Journalism
Ignorant, Incompetent, and/or Corrupt Legislators
Personal Career Advancement and Greed
These are the actual reasons marijuana is illegal.

Background

For most of human history, marijuana has been completely legal. It’s not a recently discovered plant, nor is it a long-standing law. Marijuana has been illegal for less than 1% of the time that it’s been in use. Its known uses go back further than 7,000 B.C. and it was legal as recently as when Ronald Reagan was a boy.

The marijuana (hemp) plant, of course, has an incredible number of uses. The earliest known woven fabric was apparently of hemp, and over the centuries the plant was used for food, incense, cloth, rope, and much more. This adds to some of the confusion over its introduction in the United States, as the plant was well known from the early 1600′s, but did not reach public awareness as a recreational drug until the early 1900′s.

America’s first marijuana law was enacted at Jamestown Colony, Virginia in 1619. It was a law “ordering” all farmers to grow Indian hempseed. There were several other “must grow” laws over the next 200 years (you could be jailed for not growing hemp during times of shortage in Virginia between 1763 and 1767), and during most of that time, hemp was legal tender (you could even pay your taxes with hemp — try that today!) Hemp was such a critical crop for a number of purposes (including essential war requirements – rope, etc.) that the government went out of its way to encourage growth.

The United States Census of 1850 counted 8,327 hemp “plantations” (minimum 2,000-acre farm) growing cannabis hemp for cloth, canvas and even the cordage used for baling cotton.

The Mexican Connection

In the early 1900s, the western states developed significant tensions regarding the influx of Mexican-Americans. The revolution in Mexico in 1910 spilled over the border, with General Pershing’s army clashing with bandit Pancho Villa. Later in that decade, bad feelings developed between the small farmer and the large farms that used cheaper Mexican labor. Then, the depression came and increased tensions, as jobs and welfare resources became scarce.

One of the “differences” seized upon during this time was the fact that many Mexicans smoked marijuana and had brought the plant with them, and it was through this that California apparently passed the first state marijuana law, outlawing “preparations of hemp, or loco weed.”

However, one of the first state laws outlawing marijuana may have been influenced, not just by Mexicans using the drug, but, oddly enough, because of Mormons using it. Mormons who traveled to Mexico in 1910 came back to Salt Lake City with marijuana. The church’s reaction to this may have contributed to the state’s marijuana law. (Note: the source for this speculation is from articles by Charles Whitebread, Professor of Law at USC Law School in a paper for the Virginia Law Review, and a speech to the California Judges Association (sourced below). Mormon blogger Ardis Parshall disputes this.)

Other states quickly followed suit with marijuana prohibition laws, including Wyoming (1915), Texas (1919), Iowa (1923), Nevada (1923), Oregon (1923), Washington (1923), Arkansas (1923), and Nebraska (1927). These laws tended to be specifically targeted against the Mexican-American population.

When Montana outlawed marijuana in 1927, the Butte Montana Standard reported a legislator’s comment: “When some beet field peon takes a few traces of this stuff… he thinks he has just been elected president of Mexico, so he starts out to execute all his political enemies.” In Texas, a senator said on the floor of the Senate: “All Mexicans are crazy, and this stuff [marijuana] is what makes them crazy.”

Jazz and Assassins

In the eastern states, the “problem” was attributed to a combination of Latin Americans and black jazz musicians. Marijuana and jazz traveled from New Orleans to Chicago, and then to Harlem, where marijuana became an indispensable part of the music scene, even entering the language of the black hits of the time (Louis Armstrong’s “Muggles”, Cab Calloway’s “That Funny Reefer Man”, Fats Waller’s “Viper’s Drag”).

Again, racism was part of the charge against marijuana, as newspapers in 1934 editorialized: “Marihuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men’s shadows and look at a white woman twice.”

Two other fear-tactic rumors started to spread: one, that Mexicans, Blacks and other foreigners were snaring white children with marijuana; and two, the story of the “assassins.” Early stories of Marco Polo had told of “hasheesh-eaters” or hashashin, from which derived the term “assassin.” In the original stories, these professional killers were given large doses of hashish and brought to the ruler’s garden (to give them a glimpse of the paradise that awaited them upon successful completion of their mission). Then, after the effects of the drug disappeared, the assassin would fulfill his ruler’s wishes with cool, calculating loyalty.

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Benefits of Dry Cleaners

Saturday, October 18, 2014 | 11:45 pm

A common technique for professional carpet cleaners are dry cleaning. This method is also known as low-moisture extraction. This type of carpet cleaning is ideal for those seeking a fast, low maintenance cleaning wish. One of the main advantages of this style of cleaning is that it uses very little water and therefore a minimal dry times.

Dry cleaning is a bit of a misnomer. There is a minimal amount of water with this style of cleaning. This method usually involves using a powder mixture consisting of detergent, an absorbent, a release of solvent, and the smallest amount of water to make it moist. The powder is then spread over the carpet and a machine used to make it to work in the fiber. While you are massaged into the carpet dust attaches itself to any dirt, debris, or soil. Then the powder using an industrial vacuum extracted.

Another of the main advantages of this style of cleaning is that the drying time is almost nonexistent. There is also little chance of color fading that sometimes occurs when hot water is used repeatedly. And because there is hardly any water there is no wasted water, which can be a problem with other cleaning styles.

There are some other methods, besides the one listed above, for dry cleaning carpet. It can be used separately or in conjunction with each other in some capacity. For one, rather than the powder mixture, a foam is used. The foam is worked into the carpet where it attaches itself to any debris. It is then removed with a vacuum.

Bonnet cleaning is another technique. With it you want to pre-treat the carpet with a bonnet cleaning solution. Then a damp bonnet is attached to a machine that rotates the bonnet head on a low speed. This allows the bonnet to absorb the soil from the carpet.

Another technique uses a moist powder similar to sawdust. This powder is brushed into the carpet and allowed to dry. It is then extracted through a high-powered vacuum.

The dry cleaning method is very effective when used on wool. Because of this it is commonly used rugs and other delicate items floor clean. In fact, dry cleaning is one of the most popular systems for cleaning carpets. The technique is safe, friendly and efficient. It takes less time, is easy to do, and thus cost less money.

So if your carpet is in need of a quick and effective cleaning can lower fluid intake to consider. And with a dry clean you are an eternity to wait for cleaning your carpet to enjoy.

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Tips For Selecting Right Work At Home Program

Saturday, October 18, 2014 | 11:24 pm

Earning an income online is now a days a very valid way to make money for those who wish to increase their monthly incomes. It is quite advantageous as it is convenient and a number of online opportunities can be seen available from which you can go for any of your choice.

Earlier, it was seen as something unrealistic but now it is a common thing and a lot of people utilize this facility to improve their income.
However, you should pay vigilance towards what you are choosing. Here are the four very crucial things that should be kept in mind before accepting any offer:

First deal should cost less then $300
It is a common notion that you should spend more to earn more. But you don’t really have to do that. You can earn big money even without spending a lot of it especially on your first ever investment. So you should restrain yourself from spending great bucks on your first deal.

Go for money-back guaranteed offers
You should always select good -quality offers and one of the most important characteristics of such offers is they always have a money-back guarantee scheme. It is due to this reason, a greater part of buyers do not show any interest in such offers. But you should always look for money-back guarantee offers and avoid others.

Do they propose support and training?
Support and training are also the kinds of aspects only good quality opportunities offer. These aspects are important so that you get helping hands if some problem comes about the performance of the products. Video tutorials are the most commonly used training supports so that you can see and follow the instructions instead of just a manual.

Start with something that takes few hours only
You should choose work according to the time you can spend on it. If you are already in a job and work 8 hours daily then you should give only few hours to the online opportunities so that it doesn’t act like a stress to you but as a stress-buster.

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What Is A Phone SIM Card And What Does It Do?

Friday, October 17, 2014 | 12:33 pm

SIM is an acronym for Subscriber Identification Module. If you need access to a telephone network system, the SIM stores the key used to identify the mobile device (such as a mobile phone or computer) to the network, and allows you to access that network’s services.

Phone SIM cards contain an individual serial number, the mobile user’s unique number, security information (used for authentification to a network), a list of services that user is entitled to use, and two passwords – one (a PIN) which allows normal use of the mobile and one (PUK) which is used to unlock a mobile phone (see below).

The first phone SIM cards were the size of a credit card, which was fine when mobile phones themselves were the size of a brick, but soon smaller phones were developed, and the makers of phone SIM cards were forced to adapt SIMs into a smaller format to fit inside the new style of phones. The new format was called a mini-SIM. These are still the standard size used in most mobile phones today. Mini-SIMs were designed so that they could still be used in older phones, and hence they are usually supplied set into a credit card sized plastic carrier. For modern phones, the SIM is pressed out of the card and usually has a cut-off corner, which ensures that it fits into a phone only with the correct orientation. Today, even smaller SIMs are available for some phones; these are called micro-SIMs or 3FF cards, and these, too, come set in a larger carrier card so that they can be used with older style phones.

Phone SIM cards can be easily removed from your phone so that you can change networks, or mobile numbers, when you wish to do so, though you may need to unlock the phone itself before you can install and operate a new phone SIM card.

Many of today’s suppliers offer free SIM cards, which you can top up with PAYG (pay-as-you-go) credit, and this allows users to swap networks and take advantage of the best deals available according to the type of calls and texts they want to send, services they require, and which network they wish to use (including international networks). Providers of some phones ‘lock’ their devices so that they can only be used with one network provider, thus making it difficult to change to another network’s free SIM card, but it is usually relatively easy to unlock the phone, or have it unlocked at a small fee, so that other providers (such as those who offer free SIM cards) can be used.

If you want to take advantage of a free SIM card offer, you will need to check to see if your mobile phone is locked, in which case you will only be able to use the network operator with which you originally signed up, and inserting a new SIM card will prompt a message warning that it cannot be used with that phone. To find out how to unlock your phone so that you can use free SIM cards, see the article also on this site, entitled ‘Unlocking your phone SIM card’.

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Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Web Designer

Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 2:55 pm

It’s never a good idea to go into any project blind — this is especially true when it comes to creating your company’s new website or having the existing one re-done.

Not all web designers are alike and, as some of you have no doubt unfortunately already figured out, many web designers aren’t worth the chair they sit in. Whether you’ve chosen Garraty Group for your upcoming web design project or you’ve decided to go with a different web design firm, you should always get satisfactory answers to the following questions before moving forward.

1. Tell me about your contract.

If you get a blank stare or a long pause after asking this question or, worse, they flat out tell you that they don’t have a contract, run for the hills.

You’d be shocked to know just how many “web designers” out there not only operate without a contact, but also prefer that it be that way. I’ve never understood how people could do business like that — how can a company pay piles of money in exchange for the creation of what should be an extremely valuable asset without a single signature and on a single piece of paper? How can those company managers sleep soundly at night not knowing whether a website is actually being made, or whether their money is currently on its way to Vegas, never to be heard from again?

Having an appropriate web design contract created by an attorney is both painless and inexpensive and there are even free templates floating around the internet that, with a little bit of tweaking and general business acumen, can be almost as good.

Given that, for a web designer not to have a standard contract for you to sign suggests at best inexperience and laziness and at worst something just shy of criminal intent.

Always, always, always ask about the contract first. Any questions you ask before that are just a waste of your time.

2. Can you work within my budget?

Every week we get at least one lead that thinks our prices are absurd. I use the word “absurd” because I want to distinguish this case from people who are merely surprised at what a good, quality website costs. When we field a call from a prospective client, one of the first things that we always ask is what their budget is. It’s not because we’re greedy and it’s not because all we think about is money — we’re actually trying to prevent wasting that prospect’s time should their budget be unrealistic. Let me explain.
A perfect example is a call I fielded last Monday from “Steve” (let’s just call him Steve). Steve owns what appears to be a fairly successful used-car dealership. Steve also talks extremely fast.

Before I could get a word in, Steve spent fifteen minutes detailing the success of his dealership and how he wanted to “take it to the next level” with a website. To be specific, Steve wanted the ability to list and sell his inventory online, have a “build your dream car” function that would cross-reference with his inventory and find the closest match, live-chat with prospective customers, and… well, I could go on, but you get the idea.

Steve then asked me how much I thought that would cost him. I explained to him that what he had described was, at a minimum, a $6,000 project (and that’s on the low end), but that I could get him a more accurate price once I’d had time to draw up a formal proposal. I reminded him that what he was asking for was by no means a “simple” website, and would take several weeks and hundreds of man-hours to create.

That’s when everything went down hill. Fast. Steve seemed almost insulted that we’d charge him that much — he explained that he had been prepared to pay “$800 to the right designer, but that’s tops” and that we were “clearly not meant for this project”. Steve and I at least agreed on that last part. That’s not to say that Steve won’t find someone to do that job for $800 — he probably will — but the old adage “you get what you pay for” is never more true than in the web design world.

I wanted to tell Steve that plenty (if not all) of our competitors would have started at $10,000 and gone up from there. To that effect, I almost wanted to tell Steve that I’d love to buy that like-new 2010 Tahoe sitting on his front lot, and that I’d be prepared to pay $4,000 for it to the right dealer, but I feel that both points would probably have escaped him. I digress.

The point of this story is to help all of you understand how vitally important it is to discuss your budget up front — if Steve had done that, or at least given me a chance to ask, we could have saved both of us a ton of wasted time!

3. What’s your availability?

At some times of the year we’re so busy that it feels like we don’t even have time to eat lunch, much less take on another project. At other times we’re not so busy and can take on multiple new projects at once.

When choosing your web designer, don’t assume that they’ll be able to instantly spend 40 hours a week working on your project. Always ask your designer what the prospective start date will be and how long they think it will take to complete the project. If they can’t meet the timeline you need, then keep looking.

4. Who will I actually be working with?

I like the way we handle clients here — whoever takes the call is labeled the “account manager” for that client. All communication to and from the client goes through them. Doing things that way makes it easier for us to track performance and it makes us much more easily accountable to the client.

Not every web design firm works this way, though. Sometimes you’ll need to address billing questions to one person, have design meetings with another, and then check project progress with a third. It’s always better for you to know up front all the different people you’re going to need to have contact information for through the course of the project and under what circumstances you should contact each person. If possible, ask or even demand that all of your communications go through one person — trust us, it will make your life a lot easier.

5. Are you and I going to be able to get along?

I recently turned a prospective client down for the sole reason that I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that there was no way the two of us would get along long-term.

Everybody is different and, no matter how hard we try, none of us are able to get along with everyone — you’ll find that to be the case with web designers as well. Maybe it’s the way they talk. Maybe they’re less intelligent than you are, or maybe they’re more intelligent than you are. Whatever it is, if it irks you now, it’s going to be a million times worse by the time the project is finally over.

Whether it’s the designer that doesn’t get along with you or you who doesn’t get along with the designer, this sort of relationship makes for a hellish few weeks or months and usually has negative effects on the quality and outcome of the project. So, better to figure out up-front whether you and your chosen designer are going to be able to get along — if not, it’s definitely in your best interest to go find someone else.

6. What are your project deliverables?

Always decide everything that you know you want and need ahead of time, and make sure your potential website designer can deliver it. For your own protection, do a little research on the elements of a successful website (Google Analytics integration, an XML sitemap, a properly configured robots.txt file, etc.) and be sure to tell your chosen developer that you expect those things as part of the project.

Some “web designers” are freelance. Some are graphic designers that have taught themselves how to load a standard WordPress template onto a server. Whatever the case may be, don’t automatically assume that your web designer will deliver everything you’re expecting — always educate yourself, and always ask.

7. What is the full scope of the services that you offer?

This is a big one, because similar to project deliverables, designer capabilities are as diverse as clients’ needs. If you need copywriting assistance, organic SEO, or even assistance with public relations, you typically won’t get this from a “web design guy” or “graphic designer”. You’ll need a fully-functional firm (like us!) for that.

Most small businesses need a full service design house or an experienced internet marketing firm. They lack in house marketing resources and need someone to provide a complete website development project with the option for post-launch support. Know your own needs and make sure you pick a firm that meets those needs in both the short-term and long-term.

8. Do you want / can you support a long-term relationship?

Some web designers expect to be paid to create the website and then move on to the next project, allowing you to do exactly what you want — much in the same way you would pay a trim-carpenter to create built-in cabinets for you and then fill and maintain the cabinets yourself.

Other web designers appreciate having a long-term relationship with their clients — such a relationship can be both mutually beneficial and more secure. Whichever relationship you want, be sure to discuss it and your expectations for it up-front with your web designer so that there aren’t any nasty surprises to be found later on.

9. Do you adhere to web design “best practices” / so-called “white hat” techniques?

Yes, there is absolutely a right way and a wrong way to create a website, and creating one in the wrong way can be detrimental if not disastrous to your company.

You’d be surprised (honestly) how many “web designers” out there throw a slap-dash website together that, while perhaps looking good, is absolutely abhorrently coded and implemented. If you ask your web designer only one question, ask them this one — recovering from a poorly constructed and implemented website is extremely difficult and wildly expensive.

10. What am I going to be expected to bring to this project?

You should never go into a web design project expecting to say “go” to your web designer and then back away and wait for the project to be done.

No matter whom you choose to create your website, they will require varying degrees of input and content from you. It’s extremely important to learn what those expectations are up-front and whether you’re comfortable with them or not.

About the Author

For more marketing advice for your small business, visit the small business marketing blog at Small Business Web Design. Carter Schimpff is the President and Owner of Garraty Group Marketing, Ltd., a Fort Worth-based firm specializing in small business web design.

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