LifeinAsia - 4:39 pm on Mar 29, 2010 (gmt 0)
When a new client comes how do you answer the question "when can we start".
Answer: How soon can you cut a check? :)
All joking aside, I've found that the clients most eager to get things started are often the ones most likely to not pay on time and/or the ones who drag their feet when you ask them for the content/answers you need to go to the next step of the project. There are always exceptions, but that is what I have found.
As far as scheduling software, we don't use any. Most of our projects are in-house- our "out-house" projects don't tend to be that large. I believe there is some free/inexpensive project management software out there, but I can not comment on which ones are the best.
And Welcome to WebmasterWorld [webmasterworld.com], danjfoley!