This post is one I’m been looking forward to writing – drum-roll please! – Project Update: Web Design
I started working on the Electromat project on the 28th of October 2019 – it was still in the planning stages of the plan. Yep, you read that right, I was planning the actual plan. My plan is quite simple and yet effective – it gets me from initiation to successful completion. The results are 100% (and sometimes more) according to my plan; and sometimes I find a few surprising discoveries along the way. In my last client review post, I’m sure this company came up at some point, even though I didn’t mention that I was designing their website (with domain registration and website hosting etc.)
Let’s get to the actual project update for this website design project
There are many moving parts when it comes to creating a website for someone (or a company), it gets even more complicated because you don’t know what the client really wants. You may know what they need, and can cater to it but “want” and “need” seldom go together. The best way to avoid frustrations is to go back to my first post about standing your ground without suffocating someone else‘s creative mind space. There will be times when you feel you know what’s best, and there will be times when your client feels he’s more knowledgeable.
The most important thing to remember is that, you’ve been called in to assist and both of you ultimately want the same thing. Instead of shutting their ideas down, rather show them how amazing what you want to do (seeing has always been believing) is. Preparing presentations that could show them your idea will take time and effort but it can be a way to show your client what you really mean to do for them – and just like that, boom!
You’re in charge again, Brain… (of Pinky and The Brain fame) – I don’t know why I have to explain this but there you go
My process is extensive and long… I sometimes find that I’m the only one who enjoys it (I wonder why?) but it gets things done.
Look at the summary of the basic stages:
- Receive brief from client
- Study and review the brief
- Several meetings (telephonic or video or in-person) to get more details of the project
- Review, and actually start to feel the actual texture of what the client wants
- Think about how to best work to get to the results
- Draft a plan (checklist, really)
- Review the plan
- Create a tangible timeline
- Put your plan into a pleasantly visual format / presentation (see example below)
- Send presentation to the client (seeing is believing, did I say this already?)
- Make sure that your presentation has clear details and a timeline (seeing is believing – I can’t stress this enough!)
- Voila! You have a happy client
- A client who understands what is going on in the background (your head); will leave you alone to focus on the work
- You have all the time in the world (until your deadline is reached) to mold your ideas into reality
- You complete the project and become a VA superstar!
That is all there is to it…