Daniel Duckworth Interview (a cool smart dude)
This dude… yes dude….. contacted me a few years ago. He bought one of my products, and we ended up chatting via gtalk.. then I liked the guy so much… we had to meet for coffee in one of my rare trips to Melbourne. (I live in the middle of nowhere and I don’t really travel to “meet people” …
Then… mm then I don’t know, the dude became Daniel and I started to like him (A LOT in fact) . You see, it seems one of my passions lately is to find highly-unusual-smart-people-working-in-kick-ass-online-projects, and Daniel Duckworth is one of them. Smart, driven and not to serious.
His project DesignQuotes.com.au is one of that online businesses that I simply love. Original, very simple, powerful and useful.
So I decided to interview him…. here it goes
OK Mr Daniel, before we start, tell us a little bit about Daniel Duckworth.. who are you ?
I’m not your typical internet entrepreneur actually.
I studied literature and philosophy at university and then taught English and philosophy at a local high school in Melbourne and then worked with the Australian Council for Education Research helping create computer literacy tests. My fascination with the web continued to grow and the entrepreneurial spirit was too strong so I started a business.
How did the idea of DesignQuotes started?
Back in 2007 a friend and I started web design business. I was explaining that we could use a CMS and themes to dramatically cut down design and development time. He was convinced so we got started. After about a year we noticed that balancing marketing and working on projects was difficult. We thought it would be great if there was a site that let us buy leads and send quotes and that’s when up with Design Quotes.
Tell us exactly about how DesignQuotes helps ME to find a good web design company?
Right, so if you’re a small business and you want to start a website project you can use the Design Quotes Comparison Tool to submit a brief and get matched with local web designers that suit your project and budget. The designers then send you quotes and you choose the deal that best suits you. All our members are evaluated on an ongoing basis to ensure that you are matched with the best web designers in the country.
OK… and what about if I’m the web designer…?
If you’re a designer then Design Quotes is a pay per lead platform. In a way it’s marketing done for you. There are thousands of small and one man web design businesses. These guys don’t really have the time to spend on marketing. So it’s pay as you go marketing done for you. As we say, “spend less time marketing and more time designing”.
So in a few words, DesignQuotes brings “fairness” to an industry where is difficult to know if you are paying the right amount and/or if you are hiring the right company…. am I right?
That’s a large part of what we offer. Lots of businesses don’t know how much they should spend on a web design project. By sourcing multiple quotes for the same brief there is a sense among the providers that they need to provide a fair quote or they won’t have a chance at winning the project. However web design pricing can be tricky. The same brief can still produce wildly different quotes because of the types of websites out there. So we wrote something call the Web Design Buyer’s Guide which is a 6-part series that teaches people about the entire process of outsourcing web design.
I also noticed that DesignQuotes has a lot of educational information as part of your core service. Tell us about your content…
Where do you see DesignQuotes evolving?
You deal with web designers all the time… what is your take in the web design industry here in Australia….
I think Australian small business web designers are incredibly innovative. I’ve seen beautiful and sophisticated websites created for surprisingly low budgets. Lots of web design companies are building their own CMS platforms or leveraging of other peoples platform to really reduce the costs for small business websites. There are also some seriously talented designers out there. I think we are lucky since we can choose between price or quality. However it’s the big corporate website that seem to suffer. I suspect it’s a problem with internal communications and red tape that produce such unfriendly websites.
Mate, thanks for the time, do you want to end up by sending a message to future Internet Ninjas to visit DesignQuotes for their future web project?
If you want to know more about Daniel Duckworth connect with him
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I'm an SEO professional living in the South Coast of NSW - Australia. SEO is what I do... I'm not a web guy, or a webmaster, or a designer... I just do SEO ;) Love it. Enjoy it and I still have fun doing it.