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So You Want to Hire a Contractor… (Part 1)

If you are running a small development or design agency (or working solo, but looking to grow), you may wonder when you’ll be able to actually hire employees. Hiring a team–even one person–can be intimidating. You may be worried about taxes, whether you can afford it, or how you’re going to find someone who is … Continue Reading

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Yes, You Want Your Business Site on WordPress

WordPress is powering more than a quarter of the web, but many businesses have shied away from taking the leap. Overhauling an entire site to move to a new content management system (CMS) can be intimidating. Businesses have a wide variety of concerns that prevent them from making such a big technology shift–even if the shift would … Continue Reading

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Why You Pay a Premium for Web Development Retainers

When folks think about hiring a service provider, they’re usually looking for help achieving one particular goal. Whether it’s hiring a lawyer to draft a will, a contractor to remodel your kitchen, or a developer to build your website, the goal is to finish one specific project and set you up for future success on your … Continue Reading

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Zao: A Look Back at 2016

After a decade of work, 2016 was the best year Zao has had thus far. Our small team more than doubled, we worked on several amazing projects, and we contributed back to open source, of course. Here’s a rundown of what we did and what we’re excited about moving forward. A 2016 Retrospective The Zao Team … Continue Reading