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Streamline Design Processes With Project Prescription + A Special Discount!

Nubby Twiglet | Streamline Processes With Project Prescription

The word “process” is so unsexy. But oh, is it necessary when you’re trying to make a living as a creative.

I learned the value of having a process the hard way because it wasn’t something we dug into at school or at most of my corporate jobs.

So, when I went out on my own, there was a lot of learning to do. As these things usually go, in the beginning, it was difficult, painful and resulted in unhappy clients. I always knew it wasn’t the work I was producing but how I presented and delivered it.

Clients first take notice of your work but your process is what keeps them coming back for more. On nearly every call I’ve had since starting Branch, I explain our in-depth process and it almost always seals the deal. Your goal as a designer is not just producing awesome work but also making your clients feel comfortable and at ease. The more at home you make them feel, they more likely they are to stick with you.

What Is Project Prescription?

I’ve joined forces with fellow freelancer Paul Jarvis to produce a set of digital documents that enable you to bypass the trial and error of developing a process of working with clients.

As we explain, “This isn’t theory about what might work, it’s hard data from the trenches on what does work. And now we’re sharing exactly what you need to do the same in gorgeous documents, checklists and processes.”

Nubby Twiglet | Streamline Processes With Project Prescription

What Documents Are Included?

Part 1: Exposure

Use these documents to bring in a steady flow of interested clients.

1. Media kit: Showcase your brand, skills, clients and success stories. This is the first time I’ve ever offered a pre-designed media kit template and trust me, the price is worth just this alone!

2. Getting Started Guide: Automate how you take clients from interested to hired with project links, testimonials and an outline of how you can work together.

3. Potential/Signed Leads: A simple spreadsheet to help you keep track of project bids you’ve created and won so you know where you stand.

4. Bookkeeping: Track money coming in and going out so you know where your budget is going.


Part 2: Onboarding

Take your clients from interested to signed off on.

5. Questionnaire: This is formatted with questions to ask your client about their project so you’re well informed.

6. Estimate: A list of deliverables, pricing and timing of a potential project for approval.

7. Onboarding steps/process: This simple chart helps you educate and design the experience of working with you from start to finish.

8. Project Checklist: Keep track of what’s needed to start each project so there’s no last minute scrambling.

9. Project Proposal: A standard terms and conditions document to make sure you’re on the same page with your client before the work starts.


Part 3: Project

Once you’re hired, it’s important to make sure the project stays on track and runs smoothly.

10. Invoice: We’ve included the information you need to get paid quickly and easily.

11. Client Evaluation: Use this internal document to figure out if a client is a good fit.

12. Feedback Guide: I wish I had this when I was starting out! This sheet teaches clients how to give you the feedback you want and need.

13. Presentation: This has a bunch of pre-formatted page templates to help you present work that gets signed off on quickly.

14. Post Launch Questionnaire: Learn what went right (and didn’t) and mine for testimonials.

15. Follow Up: This document outlines a schedule for staying in touch.

There you go! There’s a lot of documents in this pack (and by no means do you need to use every single one of them) but we want you to be prepared as your business grows.

As I mentioned last week, having a solid process was the key difference between just getting by as a freelancer and growing my studio into a six-figure business. My goal with these documents is to take the guess-work out of designing a process that works.

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Special Offer

We’re running an introductory offer of $69.00 for Project Prescription, no promo codes necessary. Just click through and buy! In less than a week, the price will return to $89.00.

Once again, thanks for your support during this launch and I hope these documents help you grow your business. If you have any questions about Project Prescription, let me know in the comments! -Shauna

Link Love: 10.2.14

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Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs by Shauna Haider

• This article about blogger burnout and the shifting culture surrounding blogging in the New York Times was such a fascinating read.

• 3 rules for emailing a busy person.

• I’m a grown woman…and I can do whatever I want!

• 10 tips to write great blog post titles and email subject lines.

• It only makes sense that big dreams require big dreamers.

• A total guilty pleasure: The Coveteur reviews celebrity workout videos! I want them all.

• 7 ways for bloggers to be more productive.

• Here’s how to support the bloggers you love.

• After reading about his many, many eccentricities, I have a whole new appreciation for Nicolas Cage.

• These bird’s eye views show how much New York City has grown over the last 350 years.

• Do bloggers make more money than editors?

• The secret to success is to keep your overhead low.

• If you want to have great adventures, be curious.


Photo: Shauna Haider.
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The Week In Pictures: 4.25.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This week has been very full but very fun. My friend and fellow “branch” Star came to visit from San Francisco so we’ve been digging into client projects, business goals and sharing lots of creative assets (Star is a human treasure trove of useful information and resources).

When not working, I’ve been showing Star around to some of the new places that weren’t open in my hood the last time she visited like Salt & Straw and Roman Candle and then stopping into some of her favorite Portland haunts including Naked City.

We have a busy morning ahead plotting out new services for Branch but I wanted to check in and share some highlights from this week.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

About once a month, I get together with my friend, Girl Joey (have you checked out her daily photo project yet?!) to reminisce and talk shop at the Doug Fir. I love sitting out on the back patio, even when it’s raining and catch up while digging into some mac and cheese.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Oh, Star! I first met her on Live Journal in 2001 and the rest is history. At this point, we have a massive stack (this is just a sampling!) of photo booth strips commemorating our antics.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The highlight of my last weekend was babysitting Rocky’s friend Raleigh. This little black beast snorts, snores and loves to cuddle. I’d adopt him in a second.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I never thought I’d be obsessed with a pair of scissors but every time I’m at Roman Candle and order pizza, it is served with a golden pair of shears to cut right through it. Genius, really. Works so much better!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I was going through my bookshelf and came across this Marilyn book I bought years ago at a library’s used book sale along the Oregon Coast. It’s tattered but beautiful.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

One of my favorite projects from this week was designing a media kit for Gala. You can see more of my in-progress work over on Dribbble. Okay, I’m off to be a good hostess and show Star a few more must-see Portland spots. Have a great weekend, everyone!