Business Shenanigans

If you are a business owner looking to develop a website, please read this before you do! In the last few months, I have heard many sad stories of entrepreneurs losing their domain names to web designers who refuse to turn them over.   The domains names are being held for various reasons like demanding the client buy the name from them or just flat out refusing to let it go. These are business shenanigans that need to stop.

It's a shady way to do business. Yes, I said shady.

There are several things you as a business owner need to ALWAYS be a part of:

  • Always put it in writing if you are going to hire someone to build your website.
  • Always ask for references. I  send them even if the potential client doesn't  ask me for them.
  • If the web developer has a contract for you to sign, don’t just scan the contract, READ it.
  • If the web developer does not have a contract then you need to have one written up and it needs to outline everything that needs to be done.
  • Make sure there is verbiage in the contract that states you ARE and WILL be the sole owner of your domain name and that you are responsible for the billing. (Do not allow the developer to bill you)
  • You, the owner, need to purchase the domain name and the hosting yourself. Why? Because it’s yours and doing so will save you headaches in the long run. You can then share the information with your developer.

All it takes is a few extra steps on your part to save yourself a headache later down the road. I'm reminded of something Oprah once said. She said, “Always sign your own checks!” Yep, she is a busy woman, but she still makes time to handle her business by signing her own checks. :-) So, Handle your business. :-)

My Savvy Move to a Co-working Space

If you've followed me for a while, then you know that I love all things Co-working related. Co-working is defined as the use of an office or work environment by people who are self-employed or work for different employers. The Charlotte area is home to several Co-working spaces, and they have been well received by small business owners who want to work in an innovative environment.

One of my goals for 2015 was to find a co-working space for me and my business. It took a while, but I did find an excellent space called Hygge (pronounced HYOOguh).  Hygge means cozy, and I can honestly say the Hygge Co-working space that I call home is a cozy, friendly, creative environment. It’s a beautiful open space that encourages creativity and ideas.

Have you visited a Co-working space? If not, I think you should. Many spaces have free days or day passes that you can try. Co-working is not for everyone, but I do think everyone should try it at least once. You never know, you may fall in love with it just like I did. :-)