ASAP is an evolved acronym. As Soon As Possible is what ASAP stands for!!!
I laugh every time someone mentions ASAP to me…Does that mean today? this week? this month? My best case scenario was a few months ago, when I was approached by a non-profit organization. The client needed its site up ASAP, because it had received a grant and one of the requirements was a web site. The project was a 20+ page site, with about 5 forms. I forward the contract and down payment to the client on Monday. The client returned the contract and down payment with 70% of the content. By Tuesday, I set up the demo site and begin to populate the site with content. The client forward me the rest of the content. I finished filling in the content. I email the client to review and make a list of changes. We would meet on Wednesday. On Wednesday, I meet with the client and we finalized all the corrections. On Thursday, I forward the balance to the client. It was sent later that day. I request the site to be moved and it was moved on Friday.
About three months ago, I saw a twitter request for a web designer ASAP. I reached out to the prospective client. I sent out a response with my portfolio, last design, email and twitter account information. The prospective client email me for pricing information [ even though it is listed on my site ]. The site was an ecommerce site with about 100+ items. I quoted the prospective client about $2,500.00. I would need 50% or $ 1,250.00 and executed contract to begin the project. I would have it completed within 5 business day, pending content and $$$ from the client. The prospective client advised that getting me the content would be no problem and the quote was “a good one” [ per his email ]. I waited and waited…last week, the prospective email me to begin working on the project. I responded by stating “contract, down payment and content” would be needed. The client advised me that they would forward me 8 weekly payments in the amount of $250.00; however, the project needed to be up within 4 business days. I emailed the prospective client and told him that launch could not happen until final payment was made. The prospective client called me today…concerned and advised another designer has been hired.
I forward a thank you memo and asked for their launch date…Read More
“So what is your design style?” a prospective client recently asked me. Well, I do not have one. I discuss my client’s vision and that vision will lead to the final design. ”Okay…” my prospective client stated. He asked me for a list of my recent projects and advised he would call me back tomorrow to discuss payment options. I emailed him my most recent projects. I began doing some research on his competitors. The next day, I was greeted with the “thanks by no thanks email“. My design style was not to his “
DESIGN STYLE…what is that!!! I began to replay this whole courting situation. I read my proposal over the phone to him. I gave him my design process. I gave him my price list and told him about my payment plan. I shared with him several of my clients and told him about my referral policy. If you become a client of mine, then you might get a call from a prospective client. Call my clients…they should explain my design and price policy. What did I do wrong?
DESIGN STYLE…made me think about my college days. To make some share change [money], I was one of the dorm barbers. I could cut you a fade, ceasar and a box [ styles during the 80's and early 90's ]. I did not have a design style. Everyone who sat in my chair did not get a fade or box…your [hair]cut was based on what you asked for… Then I remember this one kid [ can not remember his name ], he had got the reputation as a free loader. He would asked for a ceasar and complaint about it….claiming he wanted a box. They are totally different haircuts. He would walk away with a free cut. Two weeks later, he would do the same thing. Well, he hit our dorm…looking for me. He asked for a ceasar and began complaining about some of the other dorm barbers. I pointed to a couple of my friends. Do you want a cut like that or like this? He looked confused. The game was up…I want one like that, he pointed to my friend with a box. So you want a box cut? He agreed…after the cut, he advised me that he left his money in his dorm room. He would go get it and pay me later that day. I did not see him for a whole week, until we meet up a local college dance. He claimed that he could not find me…Right.
The moral of this story for me…if you want a quick hook from me, then ask me about my design style. There are a lot of reasons to not hire a designer. Cost, Experience and/or Work…not design style!!!!
Onward and Upward,Read More
I am blessed to announce that JDS WebDesign,LLC has been selected as web master for Booker Autism Foundation of Louisville, Corporation [BAFOL]. I am looking forward to a long term relationship with BAFOL and Jassmine Booker.
BAFOL is a premier nonprofit (501c3 pending) ”Art as Education” Foundation that provides opportunities for lifetime support, training, and assistance to individuals living day-to-day with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Our commitment is to make music, art, dance, theater, film producing, and education a way of life. Art transforms individuals and makes a powerful impact on people. BAFOL wants to break down the barriers of language, culture, disabilities and promote the full potential and abilities that will prepare Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) individuals for LIFE.Read More
As I was making a sales pitch to a prospective client, I was asked ” So why should I choose you?”. My eye glasses dropped to the edge of my nose, I got this. I have been a designer for XXX number of years. My client’s list include the following organizations. I am currently working on XYZ plugin? I have won this and that award. I have designed over XXX number of sites. [ can you see me beating on my chest ] Then I paused…
“You should not choose me, if you have to asked me that question” , I advised her. I finished my cup of coffee and got up.
“Excuse me!!!” , she called out.
I explained my answer is going to be the same as every one of my competitors…I have done this and I have done that. The real question should be what services will you provide for your standard product. I offer the following services for all of my products…
- Cache – This plugin will keep your site performing at a top speed.
- Security – This plugin will eliminate or limit the number of hack attempts.
- Back up – This plugin will help assist restoring your site, if it is hacked.
- Search Engine Optimization [SEO] – I will register your site to top 5 search engines, review google key words, place analytic and work with you to align your site on or near the top of search engine pages.
- Training Session – I will provide four training session, which will teach you the basis of wordpress.
- Ancient Chinese Secrets – This is only shared with my clients
Ask my competitors, what is included in their standard product? That is the question, you need to know. She paused…finished her coffee. Two days later, I had the contract and full payment in my possession.
Today I will do what others won’t, so Tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.Jerry Rice Hall of Fame Football Player
Onward and Upward,Read More
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