Agency Life

50 Things Keeping You From Scaling Your Agency

50 Things Keeping You From Scaling Your Agency
Barrel CEO and co-founder Peter Kang reflects on 50 things that kept him from scaling his agency sooner and also shares themes that emerge from the list.

Creative Problem Solving With a Deck of Cards

Creative Problem Solving With a Deck of Cards
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Turning Vague Goals into Specific Goals at Your Agency

Turning Vague Goals into Specific Goals at Your Agency
Setting specific goals is a great way to clearly hone in on the activities and the outcomes that matter to the business. We share 25 specific examples to help get you thinking about setting specific goals.

Using Notion to Collaborate and Have Fewer Meetings

Using Notion to Collaborate and Have Fewer Meetings
Barrel, a 35 person fully-remote creative agency in NYC, built an internal company wiki using Notion. It has only been in place for a few months and the organization is already seeing significant benefits from its use. The advantages include simple information sharing, the ability to find things on-demand and fast, and easier collaboration and communication with a distributed team.

Different Types of Proposals and When to Use Them

Different Types of Proposals and When to Use Them
Putting a proposal together doesn't always need to be a massive effort. Learn the different types of proposals that can work just as effectively with less work.

Easy Ways To Implement the Best Ideas From GTD

Easy Ways To Implement the Best Ideas From GTD
A few of the best parts of Getting Things Done that you can incorporate into your companies' workflow to be more productive.

Good Revenue vs. Bad Revenue in Agency Business

Good Revenue vs. Bad Revenue in Agency Business
Not all revenue is created equal. In fact, there are distinctly good revenue vs. bad revenue when it comes to the agency business.

Ways to Deepen Client Relationships

Ways to Deepen Client Relationships
A look at some hard-learned lessons on ways to deepen client relationships. The more effectively an agency can systematize these behaviors and bring consistency to giving clients the attention they deserve, the more fruitful the relationships will become.

Effective Teamwork

Effective Teamwork: When your organization works as a team, the sum is greater than the parts; projects get completed easier, ideas flow, and the output gets better.
Teamwork is critical for a companies success and is becoming even more of a priority now with more and more companies building distributed remote teams.

Crisis Management: Dealing with COVID-19 as an Agency

Crisis Management: Dealing with COVID-19 as an Agency
As an agency, Barrel has been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis. Within a span of 2 weeks, we saw over 18 engagements–a combination of retainers ...

Preserving Web Agency Profits with a Discovery Engagement

Preserving Web Agency Profits with a Discovery Engagement
The All-to-Familiar Scenario “We have a budget of $50,000 for a new website. Please send us your proposal. And by the way, here’s the RFP outlinin...

Sources of New Business Referral Leads for an Agency (8 Types Examined)

Sources of New Business Referral Leads for an Agency (8 Types Examined)
In the 12+ years we've been in business, we've seen leads come from all kinds of places. Some have led to long, profitable relationships and othe...