I'm not going to lie to you
Business | 29 March 2011

I’m not going to lie to you

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Seriously, I’m not going to lie to you. “You” in this case being the potential client. When I first started out working as a web designer I ended up a company that was not a great fit (for me).  When I was younger, I lacked the ability to know when something wasn’t right and the confidence to leave.  I did eventually leave to attend graduate school at Maryland Institute College of Art (‘holla MICA readers). Luckily, my experience with that not-so-right-company didn’t scar me for life or anything.

I have a problem with any company that over-prices clients and tacks on extras just because they can. For example, this particular company would (and probably still does) bill clients for additional web hosting plans if the client had several websites/micro-sites as opposed to utilizing one hosting plan for multiple sites. Of course there are times when multiple hosting plans might be needed, but that’s never what I witnessed.  I left that company with a bad taste in my mouth, but committed to never do things like THAT.

Yesterday I was on the phone with a potential client who frankly couldn’t afford a custom website at this stage in the game. I informed her of a few open source and FREE options that are out there and could provide her with exactly what she needs to get started. Does this make me any money? Of course not! I offered to work with her on an hourly basis to set everything up and integrate some basic customization (ie. custom banner graphic, color scheme, etc). I am interested in developing relationships with clients based on my work and my work ethic.

I like to think that if this particular potential client has the funds for a custom website in a year or so that she would hire me above all others. I am not going to bank on that happening, but wouldn’t it be nice?

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