Yesterday I talked about the importance of setting goals and walked through the successes and failures of the goals I set for 2009. I promised I’d give you a look into the goals I’m setting for 2010 and I’d also like to add some more thoughts about breaking down large projects into smaller tasks so you keep moving forward and complete those projects
I’ve never cared much for resolutions. Within a few weeks you’ve generally given up on them and as the days get further from the New Year an excuse excuse seems to exist for waiting until next year. In the end little changes and you are the person you were in the moments before the calendar changed.
Time is an important factor in how much money you make as a web designer. Your primary cost on any project is the time it takes you to complete that project. Learning to work more efficiently will save you time leading to more profitable projects. You can then take the time you saved to either have more free time or take on more projects to make more money.
Price = Rate x Time
Rate = Price / Time
Reduce your time while holding your price constant and your rate goes up. It’s in your best interest to work more efficiently and without too much effort you can get more done in less time.
A few weeks ago a client approached me about designing a new site. I asked the usual questions. What are the goals of the site? How many pages? What will those pages include? Who’s the market for the site? etc. As happens too often there were no answers forthcoming. How does one go about designing a site without any indication of what that site will be about or what it’s purpose will be?
Last week Boston University student, Joel Tenenbaum was ordered to pay a total of $675,000 to 4 record labels for illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs. Two years ago a similar case cost Jammie Thomas $222,000 over 24 songs. In April of this year 4 men were convicted by a Swedish court over copyright infringement due to their connection with The Pirate Bay file sharing site. They were also ordered to pay $36 million in damages to several entertainment companies.
Of course each will be replaced by new names in the coming years. The RIAA may have won some battles, but in the long war over DRM they will surely lose as there are laws that will always supersede the laws of the court, namely the laws of reality. DRM is failure.