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Discussion in 'Freelancing' started by Joe F, Jul 24, 2014.

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  1. This is a pretty cool post on doing small WordPress site builds for a low price ($1000) and still making it pay well.

    Brian says with tough management you can knock them out in 5 hours:
    http://www.poststat.us/small-web-projects/

    The best bit is the terms and conditions he emails the client.

    Do you think it would be possible to keep the clients to stick to those rules, thereby ensuring you make some money on the project, instead of racking up countless hours?

    Do you think he just picks the design for them and there is no back and forth about font sizes and colours?

    I get the occasional email from people who have read my posts somewhere and asked if I can set up a site for them but I say no as I guess it will take too much time, even though I'd like to offer such a service.

    But if I could rely nail down the 'rules' before I start, then it could work out nicely for both parties - they get a site in a couple of days, and I get paid for a quick project.

    What do you think?
     
  2. That website is crying out for social media sharing links. There was no option for me to tweet the article :)

    I think it is definitely doable. I will actually be doing a website design in a few weeks for my friend. I said I would do it free as a favour as he is one of my best friends. However, they were putting a proposal forward to get a grant for the website design anyways, so I will be getting £750. Not money that I was expecting as I would have happily have done it for them free of charge.

    I probably could finish the design within five hours. As you point out, the real time is spent discussing issues with them. I will need to spend a lot of time working with them on it, uploading content, making sure it's all ok etc. Again, this is not something I mind doing as it is a close friend, however if he was a client I would need to set rules and boundaries on what is allowed. I can't spend hours walking through customers problems.

    If you can advise potential clients that you are busy but will make an exception for them, it could be worth doing. However, you will need to make sure they understand that they you will need to charge them for support once the website has been delivered.
     
  3. Hey Joe,

    That's a great post...thanks for sharing.

    I've actually decided to take a similar stance from now on. I'm fed up of waiting for clients to fulfill their obligation to provide me with copy and content for their new site. It's a constant battle! In the beginning they're all excited, but then when they actually have to get off their butts to provide me with information, everything comes to standstill.

    Building a website is like building a house. Once you've got the foundations done, your client has to start choosing the type and colour of bricks to use, the window style, the shingle type, the paint colour etc. If they don't supply that information, the house building comes to a standstill.

    I've decided to only work with electrical type businesses because having spent the last 20 years in that industry as a sales engineer, I am able to write my own copy if the client doesn't provide it in a timely manner. I think that's what the majority of clients want any way. They just want me to do everything for them including writing the content. I'm able to do that with electrical businesses so now at least, I can charge extra for content creation and get the job done.

    Regarding the terms and conditions, I love it. In fact, I'm going to create my own version and start using it right away. I'd much prefer to weed out the tire kickers before typing a single character of code.
     
  4. Good luck Colin. The terms and conditions is the best bit for me. Just telling them how its going to be and what they will get, and what say they will have in the process.

    If you can find the clients that just think "I want a website, I don't really care what it looks like as long as its good, and I want it done quickly" then it should all work out fine. Just got to find those clients...

    Specialising in one type of business is probably the way to go anyway, you can be known as the go to guy in the sector. It will make it easier to market your services as you can show you've already done similar websites. If you just try and be the generic web design guy, then you won't be able to separate yourself from the competition or become an expert.
     
  5. Thanks Joe.

    For a little while there, I was struggling to define myself and just ended up grouping me in the general web design. You're definitely right about concentrating all my efforts on one business sector. I'm already an expert in that industry, so it definitely separates me from the general web design population.

    I don't tend to agree with you with the "I want a website, I don't really care..." crowd. In my experience, those are the worst ones to deal with. I'd much prefer to work with somebody who really knows what they want and ends up beating down on me to get things done. They're the ones who have their images and copy already prepared. They're the ones who already know what they want. It's so much easier to work that way. It's really hard to write website copy for a business or product you don't know, so you end up waiting on the client for it. That was actually the main reason for me deciding to concentrate on the electrical industry. I can now write the copy and get the project done.
     
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