There was that time I started a TV Network

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I want to be the first to tell you about a Broadcast Network Tv Channel I call ‘Organically Developed Television – A Grassroots Network. ODTv is a leader in the development, production and strategic distribution of entertainment content and is the key content provider for The DMC Entertainment Group. I am excited to launch this network. Once, I grasped the gravity of what I am about to do… I had a fiendish grin on my face and I laughed about it.  The laugh of a home run – I feel like I just knocked one completely out the park. ODTv Red LogoSo I am currently running a test pilot channel thru Viloud, I took it back to August 1, 1981, when MTV launched and ran the only music videos that had available – at the root. I had access to more than did obviously but I wanted to run a few to see if I was feeling it or not. Soon as I saw I had a few extra views other than my own, I was hooked. So I did some investigating and found another company that will allow me to do what I want and the coolest part is… We get to air on these online tv networks:

  • Apple Tv
  • Roku
  • Amazon FIRETV
  • Android TV
  • iPhone
  • Android mobile
  • and on Smart Tv’s such as Samsung and LG

Some of the featured channels will be something like:

  • Animals & Pets
  • Automotive
  • Comedy
  • Cooking & Food
  • Education
  • Fashion & Style
  • Gaming
  • Health & Fitness
  • Home & Garden
  • How to
  • Kids & Family
  • Music & Art
  • Religious
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Travel & Leisure

I got more to tell you…I am super about the whole thing and I am trying to process it all. I will keep you posted. Stay tuned.

 

 

Organically Developed Television (ODTv)…. A Grassroots Network

I am super excited to announce the launch of our very 1st TV NETWORK ODTv!!!! This is our test launch, there will be changes, additions, and more. Stay tuned and grow with us.
We are kicking this network off with shows like music, our plan is to start organic, build, and grow. Have a suggestion or want to add a show to our programming-advertising, email me directly @ thedmcfirm@gmail.com  (Contact Us For Growth!!!)
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To the right is the TV guide. As we grow this will change and we will be adding other Network Stations and Movies. This is our pilot launch, the best is yet to come.

We are on the air!!!!

ODTv – a Grassroots Network 
Click the flat screen to view our Network.

 

How to Start a Web Design Business in 13 Steps

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OK, no more idle chit-chat. Let’s get to work.

1) Ask yourself “Why?”

No, seriously. Ask yourself why you want to do this.

As I just finished saying, starting a web design business is a lot of work. Don’t get me wrong, the fruits of your labor will be so worth it. But you need to have your goals and objectives clearly defined.

When you get stuck in a line of code or have to deal with a demanding customer who has no idea what they want or needs to turn down yet another social invitation to meet a deadline, you’ll need to revisit why exactly you’re doing this in the first place. It will keep you motivated and consistent.

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face. – Mike Tyson

For me, I wanted to build a location-independent online business that allowed me to spend more time doing things I love.

To do that, I needed to keep my life simple and make a modest income. After extensive research, it became clear that running my own web design business would allow me to do just that.

2) Find your niche

You’re probably sick of hearing this cliche beaten to death. But do you want to know why it’s repeated so often?

Because it’s 100% true.

This is especially the case in the web design industry. Web design is so incredibly crowded. The competition is fierce.

Worse yet, many people have had negative experiences with web designers. For some, just hearing “website design” said out loud is enough to coat their brain in molasses.

How many times have you received a broken-English phone call or email from India trying to sell you web design? For some, this is the first thing that comes to mind when someone starts talking web design with them.

Between intense competition and negative associations with your work, you’re going to have your work cut out for you. It’s not enough to simply be a “web designer”.

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What makes you different? Why are you special? What do you have to offer that no one else does?

Answering those questions will help you carve out your own small piece of the massive web design pie.

While searching for my own web design niche, I discovered that while everyone was offering websites that were “beautiful“, “professional“, “responsive” and “affordable“, essentially no one was selling fast web design.

That was my ticket.

I built my entire business around that simple premise. While most designers take weeks or even months, I can build your website in just a couple of days. In one case, I even built a website for a gentleman in less than 24 hours.

3) Establish your brand

You know what I called this web design business that specialized in fast website design?

RapidWebLaunch.

Catchy? No. Sexy? Not at all. Easy to remember? Not really.

But if you had to ask someone what I do based on the business name alone, I’m pretty confident that they’d be able to answer correctly.

A successful brand does just that. It effectively communicates your value proposition as simple as possible. Your brand is made up of things like:

  1. Logo
  2. Color guide
  3. Slogan/tagline
  4. Voice/messaging

Logo

If you have the cash, have a professional graphic designer make for you. But if you’ve got nothing in the piggy bank, like I did, you can make your own logo.

Make sure that your logo will look great no matter where it’s placed. (like social media channels, for example)

Color guide

Pick 2 or 3 colors that will be the core of your entire brand. These will be used in everything from your logo, to your website, to your marketing materials, and everything in between.

Slogan/tagline

Make it simple but catchy.

Mine?? Fast and affordable web design. Guaranteed.

Voice/messaging

Maybe you found this one a bit confusing.

You need to think of your brand as a person. What are this person’s values? Likes and dislikes? Strengths and weaknesses? Style of speech? Age? Gender?

It’s important to consider your target audience when developing your brand’s messaging. If you’re going after the 60+ seniors crowd, then they’re not going to want to listen to some beanie-wearing, frappucino-sipping, Snapchatting punk like you.

4) Register your domain name

Now that you’ve come up with a company name, brand, and logo, it’s time to register your domain!

(note: some people like to check and see if their preferred domain name is available before settling on a company name, so you can reverse the order of steps #3 and #4 if you’re one of those people)

There are myriads of companies that you can use to register a domain with.

That said, depending on the web design tool you decide to use, you may not even need them…

5) Pick the right website design tool

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Now things are getting interesting.

There are so many different website builder tools these days. I’m sure you’ve heard of a bunch of them. Here are some of the most popular options to choose from.

Let’s take a quick look at each one, shall we?

Weebly

Weebly is one of my favorites. It is by far the easiest to use and makes it super simple to allow your customers to edit their own site whenever they need to. A big feature that pretty much everyone wants.

Also, from a business perspective, Weebly has a separate version of their platform made just for web designers like you and I.?

This makes it really easy to white-label their products and presents yourself professionally.

Some snobby web designers write Weebly off as being “too simple”, but that all depends on your perspective. My target audience is small business owners who want to get online fast and affordably. They have little to no online marketing knowledge.

This makes Weebly the perfect fit for me and my business.

WordPress

WordPress is the most popular web design platform in the world, and for good reason.

It’s extremely versatile and customizable. You can make WordPress become anything you need it to be. This very blog runs on WordPress.

But, with that awesome versatility comes increased complexity. There is a rather steep learning curve. If you are a complete web design noob, you will find it challenging.

If you’re going to become a web designer, you should learn WordPress at some point. Until then, use a simpler tool like Weebly to get some experience under your belt.

I use WordPress for nearly all of my clients’ websites at this point.

Shopify

If you’re specifically focusing on building eCommerce websites for your customers, then you need to be building with Shopify. Straight up.

It is the #1 eCommerce web design platform in the world. They’re constantly pioneering new products and ideas to make selling goods online dead simple.

They also have a reseller version of their platform, where you can build multiple sources of income with their various products.

Highly recommend!

Squarespace

I have been advertised to by Squarespace on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, TV, radio, billboards and pretty much all of my favorite podcasts. They’re everywhere.

There’s no doubt that they’re popular, but I can’t say I have an opinion on them. Simply because I’ve never used their product.

I recommend you check them out for yourself and see what you think.

Wix

Wix is another popular DIY web design platform. Simpler than WordPress, but more advanced than Weebly, it boasts a number of features that I’ve yearned for in Weebly’s platform.

But, from my experience, their website loading speeds can be very inconsistent. Something to keep in mind. Give it a try for yourself and let me know if I’m wrong!

Jimdo

I know nothing about Jimdo. Honestly.

I know they’re a small player in the DIY web design world. That’s about it. Didn’t feel right to not include them in some way.

6) Time to build your website!

Woop Woop! Let’s get building!

You now have everything you need to get started on your own website.

I could write a gazillion separate blog posts on what it takes to build a successful, but ain’t nobody got time for that. For now, just remember these core principles:

  1. Keep it simple. Less is more. Clean, minimal, beautiful.
  2. Your website is nothing without high-quality images and video. They should make up about 70-80% of your content.
  3. Always design with the phone in mind. The majority of traffic now comes from mobile. Ensure your site is 100% responsive for all devices!
  4. Speed is everything. Make sure you’ve compressed all of your images to ensure they are as small as possible without sacrificing quality. And don’t add too much fancy coding or bloated apps and extensions!
  5. Your user experience needs to be fantastic. Make it crystal clear what you expect your visitors to do. Guide them down that path. Want them to subscribe to your newsletter? Buy a hand-made cup warmer? Call you? Show them how.

There’s obviously a bit more involved in building a great website, but this is enough to get you started. You’ll learn as you go, just like I did!

7) Choose your invoicing platform

You do like getting paid, don’t you?

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You want an invoicing platform that:

  • Makes it super easy to design beautiful and professional invoices
  • Automatically tracks expenses (you’ll thank me at tax season)
  • Has automated recurring invoicing for subscription-based products
  • Can process credit card payments

They have a free version as well. Perfect for when you’re just starting out.

8) Set up your credit card processor

Like I said, I use Stripe.

Don’t start building sites for clients until you have this setup. Almost everyone wants to pay with credit cards these days. It protects both you and your customer.

You’ll also have the ability to preauthorize charges from customers. I don’t start any job until I receive a 50% deposit.

50% before the job starts, 50% once the job is done. Weeds out all the sketchy folks.

9) Promote your shiny new web design business!

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You’ve got your logo, brand guide, website, and invoicing and payment processing setup. Now you’re ready to start building websites and making paper!

Setup a profile here:

  • Google My Business (crucial)
  • Google+ (yes, seriously)
  • Yelp (just as a placeholder, really)
  • Facebook (if you think you need to… I personally hate Facebook and have now deleted it)
  • Twitter (my fave social network)
  • Pinterest (great for blog traffic)
  • YouTube (if you’re not videoing, you’re way behind)
  • Instagram (I don’t use it for business marketing, but more as proof that I practice what I preach ?)
  • Reddit (can be very useful if you have thick skin)
  • Quora (mostly for thought leadership)
  • Launchers (the social network for web designers!)

We’ll leave it at that for now. Remember to only pick a handful of these platforms to invest your time into. If you try to use all of them, you’ll spread yourself thin and accomplish nothing. Stay focused!

10) Finding new clients

This is the hardest part of being a web designer by far.

There are a lot of different places online where you can find people looking for web designers, but let me tell you this:

Your most valuable asset is YOUR network

Your friends, family, coworkers, social media contacts, current or former customers, anyone you have a decent relationship with. These are the people that will help you get started.

It will take time. You’ll need to be patient and work hard. But you will start to see a “snowball effect” as you finish one website after the other. One delighted customer spreads the word to everyone in their network and so on and so on…

Now that I’ve got that out of the way, here are some other places that could be good for freelancers like yourself.

Upwork

Upwork is the most popular freelancing platform in the world. It has its fair share of both ambassadors and detractors.

You can find some decent-paying jobs on here. Just be prepared to put in a lot of work to stand out from the massive crowds of intense Indian and Filipino competition. Especially when you don’t have the experience to lean on.

Guru

Guru is like Upwork, just smaller. ‘Nuf said.

Google Maps

Want new web design clients fast? Go local.

Pull up Google Maps, find all the local businesses in your area and see if they have a website. If they don’t, go pay them a visit. If they do, but it sucks, go pay them a visit.

I can hear you complaining already. “I have to talk to people in person?” “But I suck at sales!” “I’m too shy to do that.”

The best stuff happens in that little area just outside of your comfort zone. You can do it. ?

Craigslist

It’s old school, but it can still work.

Most people who know nothing about web design, but know they need a website, have no idea where they should turn to to find a web designer. So, they head to the same place they look for anything else they need to buy, Craigslist.

Get on there and start replying to people’s requests. Just be ready to not get paid much.

11) Obsess over your customer experience

When you finally land that first web design client, you need to treat them like a freakin’ princess. I’m talking mind-blown levels of good.

Your customers will always be your most powerful asset. From the moment they first find you online to the second they send you final payment, they need to be “wowed”.

Nothing is too small. Every little interaction should be furthering your brand’s message.

For example, here is what my visitors see after they submit a request for a quote:

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It’s small, but it’s more memorable than “Thanks for submitting! We’ll get back to you soon.”

And here is what happens when my blog visitors get a 404 page on my blog:

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If you can perfect your customer experience, you will have no trouble building a successful web design business.

12) Implement scaling and automation

Automate as many tasks and procedures as you can. Things like:

  • Sending invoices
  • Payment processing
  • Email communications
  • Lead generation
  • Funnel management

There’s a lot to unpack here, and I’ll have to write about it in separate blog posts. I’ll post them here as I do.

For now, just focus on getting off the ground and gaining new customers.

13) Think of additional services you can offer

Small businesses need websites. But what else do small businesses need?

Things like:

  • Logo Design
  • Branding
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Content Marketing
  • Blogging
  • Video Production and Editing
  • Website Management Services

Get creative. How many problems can you solve for your customers?

I started out offering nothing but web design services. As I sharpened my skills, I branched out into additional products and services. Like the ones listed above.

At the risk of sounding redundant, be careful not to spread yourself too thin in the beginning. Start with building your web design skills, then slowly grow from there.

I’m now at the point where I have a small team helping me to keep up with demand. Growth FTW!

Ready to start your own web design business?

No matter what, this will take a lot of work. But nothing in life that is worth having comes easy.

You don’t have to be great at something to start, but you have to start to be great at something. – Zig Ziglar

While you can certainly follow this guide to have your web design business built and ready to go in just 24 hours, you can also take your time with it and grow at your own pace.

And there will certainly be many ups and downs. Customers tend to come in waves. One minute you’ll have more customers than you can handle, and the next you’ll be begging for new customers.

But that doesn’t mean there is no work to be done. Business downtime is the perfect time to get involved in other activities.

No matter what, just start.

I feel like I’ve provided a pretty clear path towards building a web design business from scratch. I hope you find it helpful!

If you need some help, shoot me an email at thedmcfirm@gmaill.com.

FAQ’s

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Here are the most common questions I get about starting a web design business:

How much should I charge for website design?

I get this question so often that I wrote an entire blog post about it right here. There is no simple answer to this question. The popular answer is to simply “charge what you’re worth” but, when you’re first starting out, it’s not that simple.

Personally, I always quote on an individual basis. I decided early on how much I want to make per hour, and then I estimate how many hours it will take to build the website. That being said, I offered heavy discounts in the beginning in order to build up my portfolio. It’s difficult to convince someone to work with you when you have zero proof of your skills.

Be prepared to work for free a few times!

How do I hand the website over to a client when it’s done?

It depends on the client and their skill level. Some will be comfortable enough that you can just hand the site over, while others need more hand-holding.

The rest depends on the tool you’re using. Most popular CMS tools offer the ability to create logins for separate accounts, so you can just create a new account and send your client the login.

If they prefer complete privacy and security, you can delete your own account after creating one for them.

When should I increase my prices for website design?

Raising your prices is a very gradual process. There’s no specific number.

What I can tell you is that when I got to the point when I no longer NEEDED a client in order to pay the bills that month, that gives you the total freedom to charge what you want and pick the clients that are right for you. But that will take time.

Try not to beg for business! People won’t respect you otherwise.

How do I provide an accurate quote for website design?

Decide what your minimum hourly rate is, then quote based on hours. So, if you decide you need to make a minimum of $30/hour, and the website will take about 10 hours to make, you can quote for $300.

There are many ways to quote, but that’s how I do it.

Should I register my client’s domain name myself, or have them do it and give me access to it?

Depends on the client. Most of my clients already have a domain so they just provide me access to it.

 

SINGK does it all!

SINGK is changing the Crypto Currency world one Merchant at a time!

SINGK is truly a revolutionary company that transitions old cash to a new coin. SINGK act’s as a non-discriminating electronic money platform synthesizing old and new currency for participating buyers and sellers of goods and services around the globe. SINGK enables buyers and sellers to make secured transactions – in real-time – without concern for location, language, or exchange rate.

SINGK does all the work!

TRANSITIONAL TECHNOLOGY

History is full of transitional technologies. Think back to the day communications was delivered by the Pony Express. A nation relied on hundreds of horseback riders willing to endure all manner of weather and hazards – risking life and limb – to deliver messages and mail. Today we send messages and mail electronically over fiberoptic phone lines. But how did we get from horseback to fiberoptic communications? There was a transitional technology called the telegraph. The telegraph bridged the gap between the ridder and the telephone. The telegraph is not the only transitional technology. The word processor was positioned between the typewriter and the desktop computer. The pager was positioned between the payphone and the cell phone. Horse and buggy exited with early motorized carts and bikes and automobiles for many years before paved roads and highways took over.

SINGK will serve as a transitional technology the will assist in the transition of cash to coin economy. It will establish paring of a blend of cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies that merchants and institutional investors can trust will maintain a steady value. If all goes well a sizable stash of 20 or more solid cryptocurrencies – including  Bitcoin, TRON. TROPTIONS, Litcoin, and Bitcoin cash to name a few. This coin can then be used to acquire assets, back insurance plays, loan against automobile and home purchases, etc. SINGK will set the value of these coins and will transition the economy from cash to coin.

source: www.Singkme.com

 

Virgin Galactic releases rocket from Boeing 747 airplane MID-FLIGHT

Virgin Galactic has successfully ‘launched’ a rocket from a Boeing 747 airplane in mid-flight, marking a huge step towards a new space launch technique.

The test flight took place in the Mojave desert yesterday and saw Virgin Orbit (a spin-off from the main Virgin Galactic brand) drop its LauncherOne vehicle from the modified airplane Cosmic Girl, while at an altitude of 35,000 feet.

Thankfully, the test flight went without a hitch, and the rocket and aircraft separated cleanly.

Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart, said: “Today’s test was a monumental step forward for us.

The rocket was released mid-flight (Image: Virgin Orbit/Cover Images)

 

“It’s the capstone to a thorough development program not just for a rocket, but for our carrier aircraft, our ground support equipment, and all of our flight procedures.”

The flight was piloted by Kelly Latimer and Todd Ericsson, who also fly for Virgin Galactic.

Mr. Latimer said: “The whole flight went incredibly well. The release was extremely smooth, and the rocket fell away nicely.

LauncherOne was released at an altitude of 35,000 feet (Image: Virgin Orbit/Cover Images)

 

“There was a small roll with the aircraft, just as we expected.

“Everything matched what we’d seen in the simulators well — in fact, the release dynamics and the aircraft handling qualities were both better than we expected.

“This was the best kind of test flight sortie from a test pilot’s perspective — an uneventful one.”

In the future, Virgin Orbit hopes to launch similar rockets into orbit from Cosmic Girl (Image: Virgin Orbit/Cover Images)

source:  Mirror

TROPTIONS are on the TRON Blockchain – I have 3 easy steps to help you get started

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Why the Tron network?

TRON (TRX) is an ambitious project dedicated to the establishment of a truly decentralized Internet and its infrastructure. The TRON Protocol, one of the largest blockchain-based operating systems in the world, offers public blockchain support of high throughput, high scalability, and high availability for all Decentralized Applications (DApps) in the TRON ecosystem.

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Step one –
First we will walk you through how to set up a Tronlink wallet to store your Tron coin and all of the Tron tokens including the all new Troptions token.
HOW TO SET UP A TRONLINK WALLET
Step two –
Now that you have your Tronlink wallet you need to activate it by adding Tron coin to your wallet. The next video will walk you through how to purchase Tron to get some in you wallet. Like the Bitcoin and Ethereum networks Tron requires users to hold Tron in your wallet to pay for transactions on the tron network with all of its tokens including the all new Troptions token.

HOW TO BUY TRON (for your TronLink Wallet)

Step Three –
Now that your Tronlink wallet is setup and has some Tron in it you are ready to purchase Troptions token with your Tron.
HOW TO PURCHASE TROPTIONS ON THE TRON BLOCKCHAIN