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Enroll Now for Free 3 min read Choosing the right web-design firm or partner for your startup requires you to carefully balance several factors, including price, talent, technical expertise, availability and even personality. Making the right choice is key to establishing a clear vision for your website, fully implementing that vision, and keeping your startup on track and within budget. Provide the designers on your list with your RFP and a couple days to review it. A professional designer will return a written quote along with feedback. Compare quotes and ask the following questions: June 11, 2009 In return, the designers should ask questions about your startup’s purpose, your timeline and budget, and the scope of the project. If they seem more interested in collecting a deposit than understanding your needs, keep shopping. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. . What is your design philosophy? It all starts with knowing what you need. Write an RFP (request for proposal) detailing your website’s purpose, audience, timeline to build, budget, technical requirements, and so on. A crystal-clear vision helps you focus only on the most qualified candidates and sets the direction for your website’s design and development.It’s also important to acknowledge your own role in the site’s development. Are you the producer, copywriter, director, hands-off client, micromanager or something else? Know your strengths and weaknesses, and find a designer who complements those qualities.Some beginners will start their searches at Elance.com or BlogDesign.com, which offer profiles of thousands of web designers, programmers and graphic artists. But that does little to focus your efforts on the right candidate. Here’s how to narrow it down: . Who is your ideal client? Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. What to ask the experts Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now . What are some websites you admire? Why? Collect referrals from colleagues, vendors and advisors.Find a website in line with your vision, contact the owner, and request the designer’s name and contact information.Once you have a list of promising candidates, ask each for references and the addresses of websites they’ve designed. Also, do some detective work to find sites they failed to mention. Once you get their references on the phone, here’s what you’ll want to ask:What was your experience with the firm/designer?Did they meet deadlines?How effectively did the designer communicate with you?Did the firm honor your budget agreement?How did they respond to requests for changes?What is your overall level of satisfaction?When you’re ready to set your budget and evaluate quotes, refer to Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines ($23.10 on Amazon.com), which is what many designers use as a starting point when pricing bids like yours.
August 6, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Employees love payday but, for the small-business owner, managing payroll can be a chore. Taxes, benefits, overtime, vacation days — even if you only have a few employees the process can take hours.Need a short cut? Here are four tools and apps that can help make payday a breeze:1. RUN Powered by ADPIf you’re a RUN Powered by ADP client for your payroll processing needs, you can download and use the mobile app for free. With it you can pay employees and contractors, calculate taxes and deductions, enter vacation and sick time and see your payroll totals at a glance. Employees can also use the mobile website to check their own paystubs.RUN is available for iOS and Android.2. SurePayroll Mobile PayrollBusiness owners who use the SurePayroll processing service can download the SurePayroll Mobile Payroll app for iOS and Android. The app has the same features as RUN from ADP but SurePayroll, a wholly owned subsidiary of Paychex, says theirs has a one-click payroll option that makes payday even easier.It also offers SurePayroll Mobile Paycheck, an employee companion app that allows your workers to view their paycheck details and keep track of available vacation time and sick leave.Only clients of SurePayroll can access the SurePayroll Mobile Payroll app. Paychex clients have access to a separate app with similar features, the Paychex Mobile app.Related: Easy Tools for Cleaning Up Your Email Inbox3. ZenefitsFor companies, with a lot of employee turnover, Zenefits is a paperwork life saver. The company’s roots are in health benefits. It negotiates insurance packages for businesses and handles all of the applications including the paperwork associated with new hires and terminations.Earlier this year, the company expanded its service to include all of the paperwork involved in hiring — from the offer letter to the contract, to collecting all of the personal information HR needs. All the employer has to do is fill in five boxes of information online and Zenefits does the rest.The charge for this time-saving service? Zero dollars. They’re licensed insurance brokers so they receive a commission from the insurance company on every employee and not a dime from you.4. Snap PayrollIf you’re a small company and you still write payroll checks by hand, check out Snap Payroll from Intuit.Load employee names and their hourly wage at the start. Then, each week, all you have to do is enter the hours worked and Snap Payroll figures out rest. The app automatically updates tax rates for 47 states but it does not handle healthcare or retirement deductions.It’s a basic tool that’s just right for the small-business owner with a few, part-time employees. Best of all, it’s free for iOS.Related: Free Apps to Help You Network Like a Pro Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read Register Now »
Yesterday the team at Mozilla announced that the company is receiving hundreds of bug reports and feature requests from Firefox users on a daily basis. The team noted that it’s important to get the bugs fixed as soon as possible for the smooth functioning of the systems. Also, the developers should quickly come to know that there is a bug in order to fix it. Bug triage, a process where tracker issues are screened and prioritised can be useful in such cases. However, even when developers come to know that bugs exist in the system, it is still difficult for the developers to closely look at each bug. The team at Mozilla has been using Bugzilla since years now which is a web-based general-purpose bugtracker and testing tool that group the bugs by product. But product assignment or the grouping process was done manually by the developers so this process failed to scale. Now Mozilla is experimenting with Machine Learning to train systems to triage bugs. BugBug It’s important to get the bugs in the eye of the right set of engineers, for which the team at Mozilla developed BugBug, a machine learning tool that assigns a product and component automatically for every new untriaged bug. By bringing the bugs into the radar of the triage owners, the team at Mozilla has made an effort towards decreasing the turnaround time to fix new issues. Training the BugBug model Mozilla has a large training set of data for this model which includes two decades worth of bugs that have been reviewed by Mozillians and assigned to products and components. The bug data can’t be used as-is and any change to the bug after triage would create trouble during operation. So the team at Mozilla rolled back the bug to the time it was originally filed. Out of 396 components, 225 components had more than 49 bugs filed in the past 2 years. During operation, the team performed the assignment when the model was confident enough of its decision and currently, the team is using a 60% confidence threshold. Ever since the team has deployed BugBug in production at the end of February 2019, they have triaged around 350 bugs. The median time for any developer to act on triaged bugs is 2 days. Usually, 9 days is the average time to act, but with BugBug the Mozilla team took just 4 days to remove the outliers. Mozilla plans to use Machine learning in the future The Mozilla team has planned to use machine learning to assist in other software development processes, such as identifying duplicate bugs, providing automated help to developers, and detecting the bugs important for a Firefox release. The team plans to extend BugBug to automatically assign components for other Mozilla products. To know more about this news, check out the post by Mozilla. Read Next Mozilla is exploring ways to reduce notification permission prompt spam in Firefox Mozilla launches Firefox Lockbox, a password manager for Android Mozilla’s Firefox Send is now publicly available as an encrypted file sharing service