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Clients website Company

Lori Stammer
Designer Stats
Rank: #132
Points Earned: 515
Member Level: Silver
Contracts Won: 22
Member Since: 2008
Springfield, NH 03284 USA

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Please tell us a bit about your background. How did you get started in design?

I mention more in number 3. However, I always liked working with computers, the challenge was in learning the software and making something of it. I started with technology punching cards. I worked on an assembly line putting computers together, then over time, I taught students how to use them.

Finally, I decided to go for my Masters in IT and learned more about graphics and web building. I like the fact I can put my creativity into a reality. I can not draw a stick figure, so to use tools and understand how everything interacts and can be manipulated is fun.


How long have you been with your company?

Clients Website Company is my company, I ran it strong for 5 years, then moved across the country. I maintained a few sites until this year, when I had to put a horse down and her surgical expense and burial put me in financial debt. Not one to beg, I began offering a great price for 5 or so page websites. To answer the question: 10 years.


Are you self taught or did you attend school for your industry?

Self taught, my family was hungry, I just finished earning a MSIT and did not have a job. My first website was done for free, I now do them for a few dollars more. But not the big bucks like some. No need. I just don't want to go hungry.


What web browser do you use?

Chrome and Firefox, I love their apps.


What social media do you use for work and play? Do you have a favorite?

Facebook seems to work the best. Their ads really are more cost efficient, Twitter is good, but the hashtags get in the way.


What is your favorite thing about the type of work you do?

I like to see a website be on the first page of the SERPs.


What advice would you give to someone looking to get into the web design field?

This industry is tough. It is a lot of hours, not many businesses understand the costs involved and/or are on a restricted budget. But, it is a great way to learn about other businesses and people.


What`s your favorite development language and why?

HTML/CSS it is clean and not confusing. The responsive sites coding has become so cumbersome, you have to give up graphics so it can load at the same speed HTML did several years ago.


If you could only use one language, which one would it be?

Are we talking coding? HTML/CSS hands down. Speaking? Horse


What do you see as the most prominent emerging technology?

At the moment, I see a lull in technology. It is as if we have run out of new ideas and are struggling to re-birth a few old ideas. The only thing that has been coming up is the virtual learning and experiences. Again, a rebirthing of an old idea. Can you think of what I am referring to? Email me if not.


Who is your typical client at the moment and what types of projects are you working on?

Lately I have been working on mainly small businesses with new websites or giving them face lifts. I am also spending a great deal of time doing SEO and digital marketing plans. I have a very large client with members of the team globally located. That makes for interesting Skype meetings.


What advice would you give a client in order to prepare for a new project?

I usually give my clients a to do list at our first meeting. If they do not have a domain and/or hosting server, I will walk them through it right then and there.

However if someone is not sure about what they want or need, I suggest they visit my website and on the home page is a list to help them decide what they want done. On the website development page there is a list of what they will need to provide me at the beginning, and during the development.


What is the most common problem you deal with when working with new clients who do not have much experience with working with designers?

Not really an issue. I realize their greatest problem is communicating what they want. I try to learn about their business and place myself in their shoes. This way when I present work, it is a good starting point for both of us.


Do you use a CRM (Customer Relationship Manager) or any type of project management or proposal software?

No, I use excel to keep track of clients and projects. For proposals, I use an invoice template in the Google apps. I do send out status reports or emails, depends on the client and what they would like to receive and how often.


What is your standard hourly rate?

65


Do you have a minimum budget for a new client?

$65, however, I prefer to look at the whole project, break it down so there are payment options and pieces that can be bundled into one time project fee. Those usually do not exceed $1500.


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Project Management Our commitment and success of Clients Website Company has been caring for and doing what the clients wants and needs. Our success is theirs. After 7 years in the industry and 65 sites behind us we know what it takes to get a high quality website live. As a website project manager, Lori Stammer (MSIT) will manage your website project from start to finish. Help you identify requirements and provide other featuressubmit SOW/scopeReview for your contract for 'hidden costs' and



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