After a meeting with a potential client, I began building a low fidelity user flow for our proposal. Creating a rough user flow allows us and the client to see the amount of work a site will take to build out, which gives us an approximate timeline and price point.
I usually start with a whiteboard and notes from the client meeting about the needs for the site. In this case, the client needs a single sign in page that will lead to three different dashboards. Each dashboard will have its own functionality. With this in mind, I begin to create a rough outline.
During this process I will check my notes and goals to make sure that the site is as streamlined as possible. The goal is to make sure the site is completely functional without any more or less than necessary. From here, I go to Photoshop and clean the user flow up for the client proposal.