I'm the guy you call first. I help people and businesses succeed by simplifying their processes and with awesome technology solutions. I care about designing usable, accessible, inclusive user experiences.
Simplify. Improve. Perform.
I'll start by helping you simplify your problem or audit your business to see where you can save time, money or both. Then, we'll improve processes and systems. Then you'll be able to perform at a higher level than before.
I've been in the learning industry since 1998 as a content developer, instructional designer, LMS administrator, project manager, and consultant. I currently work with organizations to apply existing and emerging technologies to improve performance.
I founded Emergent Radio, where I co-host a Podcast called The ToolBar, focused on learning technology and design. I've written for Learning Solutions and eLearn magazines, and the tech blog at ASTD.
No matter the size of your business, if someone told you that you needed an enterprise Learning Management System (LMS), they've probably misled you. I'll provide you with options based on your actual needs and desired outcomes.
WordPress is an excellent content system to run your website on - whether you're a small business, a blogger, or a non-profit. WordPress can be customized and extended to create an optimized website to accomplish your goals. I can help you get there. I can help with security, hosting, maintenance, theme and plugin recommendations, and configuration.
I have been a freelancer and small business owner, and worked with many more. My focus is on helping you simplify and launch with simple, useful technology for accounting, invoicing, websites, analytics, scheduling, project management, collaboration, and more.
An open beta or an initial limited access for 100 users, or something like that? If it's a good game, it'll grow organically from there. Encourage people to share their experiences via Facebook and Twitter.
It doesn't necessarily turn me off as a consumer, though I see through the visual pricing trick in those cases. $1999 is still 2 grand to me.
For pricing my products and services, it depends. I like keeping it simple for me, first and foremost, so my packages are more like $150/hr, $1500, $5000 in order to simplify the running of my business for me.
There are a few instances in another business I have where we price a webinar at $99 because that's pretty standard and easy.
What it comes down to, though, is whether or not you have something of value to offer. If you do, customers will be happy to give you $29 or $30 or $499 or $500. Because you're providing value to them. If you're not, pricing can't help you.
It depends on quite a few factors:
- How much experience do you have?
- How much available time do you have?
- What do you like doing?
If you can't commit full time to a project during the week because of school, you can focus on one element of a site design, and outsource the rest.
Will you be customizing existing themes or writing new ones completely from scratch? Pricing will vary based on all of these answers, and it's a broad spectrum.
I recommend some of these resources:
http://chrislema.com/tag/pricing/ (he's on Clarity too and you could chat with him)
I also recommend figuring out the ideal rate for the lifestyle you have or want: http://www.yourrate.co.
Good luck - happy to chat more if you'd like!
Yes. Can you provide more details? Are you looking for a way to gather other feeds and easily publish a curated list of articles, or a place to publish your own content and deliver via an RSS feed?
Great info. Helped quickly answer several questions that had impeded my progress. I'll definitely use Brian again.
I had an excellent call with Brian. He was insightful and helpful in our discussion. Clarity made it very easy to setup a time and conduct the call. A very smooth and excellent process all the way around. I will definitely be having more calls with Brian.
Standing up a website that has to grow with a fast-moving industry organization and community is a huge challenge. With Brian's support, we've rapidly done user-testing, performance optimization and we're iterating fast and furious to deliver the best possible site for this community. He's not just the guy I call first. He's the guy I call, period. Tremendous help, always insightful and helpful.
Working with Brian is always easy - he seems to be able to read my mind and anticipate my needs before expressing them. The true sign of real professional, and someone who cares about you as a person, not just a client on his work board. He has taken my site to an entirely different professional level. I'm beyond happy with his services,and you will be too.
The materials that Brian created for the training department were top notch. His work made the Trainers' jobs easier because of the interaction that was created by his computer-based training materials.
Brian has a high level of technical expertise. He can separate the important from the unimportant and get the job done both efficiently and effectively. I strongly endorse him.
Brian's entire body of work constantly overshot expectations for the CBT materials. I often reviewed his modules and courses for editing purposes or when our projects aligned, and his level of detail and analysis prior to drafting his materials always made this an easy task for me. He truly raised the bar for the level of work that our department produced and was a great source of motivation.
Brian has actually volunteered his time at our non-profit agency the past three years. He has helped us develop our website as well as photographed numerous events for us. He is one in a very special group of people who devote their time and talents unselfishly in the pursuit of helping others. He is knowledgable and proficient as well as very creative. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Brian is a gifted designer and excels in translating customer’s requirements into a polished, finished product. His skill set is very diverse ranging from website design to instructional design. Regardless of the venue, he has an innate ability to create “usable” environments that are pleasing to the eye but extremely functional. I would highly recommend him for any design project.
Brian is a gifted designer and excels in translating customer’s requirements into a polished, finished product. His skill set is very impressive with his approach to instructional design. Regardless of the topic, he has an innate ability to create “learning” environments that are pleasing to the eye but extremely functional. I would highly recommend him for any design project.
In collaborating on web development work I've appreciated Brian's attention to detail in selecting appropriate work and willingness to take time to explain requirements.