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Website Business

Discussion in 'Starting a business in Scotland? Introductions' started by selfemployed, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. selfemployed

    selfemployed Super Moderator

    Hi,

    I buy and invest in forum style websites as well as writing content for a number of customers. Setting up my company seemed challenging at the time but I really enjoy the idea of building a long term business for the future rather than taking short term profits and building nothing. My main issue is, should I expand and bring employees into the company or continue to work for myself.
     
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  2. olbond

    olbond Member

    I want to start my own business law firm business and dont know where to start


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  3. Businessman

    Businessman Member

    Have you considered the third option of gathering together a clutch of expert specialists, and setting up some form of collaborative agreement? This can be bound with non-compete, non-disclosure agreements. And is likely to allow you to develop a more flexible team with a higher level of expertise.
     
  4. selfemployed

    selfemployed Super Moderator

    Thanks for the feedback Matt - my main struggle is letting go of total control although I have outsourced some of my work recently for the first time ever. When building a site, while content is still King, there is a need to offer something different from your competition, whether this is a better design or more functionality.

    However, one thing I have found over the years is that offering additional functionality for the sake of it, with no real role to play, can actually be detrimental to your businessess. People want to log on, get what they need and then log off - as consumers we are all very lazy now and if it isnt in our face and simple to use we will simply find a site whcih offers this. Those small few seconds you have to catch the attention of a new visitor are vital!
     
  5. Businessman

    Businessman Member

    Many years ago - going back to around 2002 - I was given UID and Multimedia Construction classes to teach. The thinking then was that linear content was dead, and everything would move towards fully interactive models. This wasn't even in relation to web design, but using Macromedia Director. - Well, that went well! :p

    I think it was circa 2005 I got to shut down the old 'Interactive multimedia' course, set up a TV course and hand over the coding elements to computing. - My point being that the various elements that go to make a cohesive product are too diverse in their own right. There is too much out there that is 'samey' and 'templatey' with little to distinguish it from everything else around it. - Being a 'clever coder' doesn't make you a good graphics designer. Being a stills photographer doesn't mean you can produce video. Being a video producer doesn't mean you can write copy. - Of course we can all 'do' these things to some degree or another. But to get 'properly good' at anything requires a level of deep study.

    The 'generalist', fake it 'till you make it, race to the bottom experiment is in its death throws. And what you describer there (functionality for functionality's sake) is just one symptom of that. - I'd suggest that the emphasis needs to be not so much on 'outsourcing' per se; although that's ultimately where we get to. But for the genuine professionals to rise above what I call the 'black noise'. - And, actually, that's by no means a new thing. If you study the history of creative content (which goes way back before computers were involved) and its role in communicating to the public, you'll find that's the model which existed; and truth be told, never went away at high level.

    This actually shouldn't require any loss of 'control'. The architect doesn't relinquish their vision to the structural engineer... The structural engineer isn't at the whole mercy of the bricklayers. You won't find the electrician cutting and painting sheet steel to build an oven...

    Control is achieved through setting the vision, standards and specification. - And ensuring the client's (and your own) interests are fully protected. So, control then becomes about setting out a defined process, finding others who have done likewise and interfacing with them in a workman-like way.
     
  6. seoMaster

    seoMaster Member

    Cool!
     
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  7. JasonLee

    JasonLee Member

    I can help students with a historical resource. I wrote a paper about women in American history and chose Eliza Hamilton. On this resource the biography of all women is in the most detail written and it is possible to choose any subject. Very useful resource.
     
  8. seoMaster

    seoMaster Member

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