These are some of the most common questions I receive in my work. Refer to this before contacting me in order to hopefully get some of your questions answered in advance.
What kind of work do you do?
I’ve copied these from my about page:
Web Hosting and Development Plans: I’m a reseller web host with HostGator, which allows me to host websites. Additionally, I develop basic but high quality websites for free in exchange for hosting with me, in addition to providing complimentary website maintenance, marketing consulting, backups and security scans. This is currently the bulk of my work.
Web Development: I still do conventional, custom web design and development on a case by case basis. I work almost exclusively with WordPress but I’ve also used Drupal and Magento. Design-wise I mostly use Adobe Creative Cloud, specifically Photoshop and Illustrator.
Digital Marketing Consulting: In addition to doing this as part of my web hosting business plans I also do standalone consultations for digital marketing.
Who do you work with?
In terms of markets, almost exclusively startups and small businesses. I don’t have a particular emphasis on an industry, and as a result I’ve worked with retail, hospitality, software, financial and wellness businesses and startups as well as nonprofits.
How do you operate price-wise?
I generally get paid through web hosting, but my custom sites are done on a by-project basis and consults are billed hourly. I do not work on full-time or part-time contracts but I would be happy to refer someone if you’d like to reach out.
Do you do this full time? How long have you been doing it?
Yes, and five years as of this writing.
Why is your website so basic?
Because I want to focus on my content, not my design.
You can sink ridiculous amounts of time money into extravagant design by a team of the most talented artists on the planet and it won’t make your website’s content any better or more readable. Brevity is the soul of wit, and that applies just as much to design. People will return to your website based on your content. Don’t take my word for it; take a look at this website that was built on simplicity. They’re doing well.
Are you accepting work right now? Can I reach out?
Yes! Let’s talk.
Do you have work examples/testimonials?
Yes. E-mail me for specific ones.
Can I contact you about full-time work?
It’ll be a tough sell at this point. That said I’m always willing to listen even if I may politely decline, or even refer you to someone.
Will you send me your resume?
You’re looking at it.
What about a traditional one page resume?
A traditional resume is a waste of time for reasons I elaborate on here.
I can count on one hand the number of times a ‘traditional’ resume has made any difference in what I do. In literally hundreds of client pitches over the past five years, I’ve been asked for my resume a grand total of one time. When it comes to full-time work leads it’s always been a referral rather than my resume that gets a recruiter’s attention, and the resume is thus submitted usually a formality prior to the interview. Submitting a resume for a position where you don’t already have a connection has as much impact as pissing into an ocean. Meanwhile, submitting a resume for a position where you do have an insider connection is redundant because you’re going to tell them about your work experience. If you’re so hung up that you’ll literally only accept a ‘standard’ resume, I’m probably not going to want to work with or for you anyway.
I list my skills on this website and I demonstrate my writing, interests and experience with my blog. It begs the question of what else a resume is going to offer.
Are you willing to be a contributing writer to my blog/website or appear on my podcast?
Sure! E-mail me.
Can I pick your brain on <insert topic here>?
No. I give information away for free on my blog and on Twitter. Use that. Lunch is not an appropriate compensation.
I’m from an agency, can we be be your agency partner for design or development?
I get this question a couple of times a month. I already have web teams that I work with for larger projects or when I don’t have bandwidth personally. Reach out but don’t expect anything other than for me to respectfully pass.
What’s the best way to reach you?
E-mail and Twitter are generally the best ways to reach me. I almost never look at LinkedIn anymore.
What about questions this page didn’t cover?
That’s what the contact form is for! https://www.michaelcarusi.com/contact/