“What to do when you’re getting crushed by scope creep on a huge project” and more...

Sent by Jonathan Stark on April 4th, 2019

In today’s group coaching session, we had a bunch of good questions that touched on topics like:

Plus, we did a deep dive on what to do when clients have requests to fix minor issues, like: fixing typos, minor CSS issues, applying security patches, upgrading plug-in, etc.

Good stuff!

Here are the questions I answered today:


How do I deal with small requests like fixing minor CSS bugs? (timestamp 1m 9s)


Just started publishing daily. When I have that habit steady enough, what do you recommend doing next? Thinking about focusing on making a free email course, productizing some services, or revamping generalist website to be more along my target specialization. (timestamp 25m 26s)


I’m getting crushed by scope creep on a huge project. It’s for a starup where i’m building MVP for cash + equity. They’ve closed a seed round and have a fixed budget. Now we’re five months into the project and we’re discovering many new features/functionality that we’ve learned to better meet product market fit. All of these make perfect sense to me and should absolutely be built. But, it’s going to cost them another $150k beyond the $125k they’ve already committed to. They have $90k to spend, no more. (timestamp 36m 34s)


Really having trouble with the advisory retainer concept. I know I’m not “selling an outcome” with this model but its hard to not want to just dive in. Realizing I’m very weak on communicating what they should do vs me just doing it. Do you have any suggestions here? (timestamp 55m 12s)


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