Oh wait. Threaten? Oops! No Idle Threats HERE!
So I used to make websites. And I was pretty good at it. I made this one and Digital Freebies and a diaper shop called Sweet Bunz (blush!) that I sold a few years ago and now, well, its not so cute, and several restaurant websites, and more Zen carts than I care to recall, and there is one overwhelming factor that you CANNOT escape….
If you can’t make a website, what are you going to do with a website? If you can’t understand a website, how am I going to help you? If I build your website, it is not a guarantee you will make money. Its like, I just build it. Okay?
So there is a gal in Boston who has her panties all in a bunch. I mean, seriously. Last year, around this time, she wanted a new website. And after talking to her, I was hesitant. Her previous web experience was “terrible”. That’s a RED FLAG. Hello! But she was nice enough, though she couldn’t nail down what she wanted. She was one of those “Make it like the one I have now” kinda folks. Not real technical. Fair enough.
Here’s another side note. I jump for money. Meaning, you might say “Yes, its a go”, but until I have a check in my hand, there will be no designing from me. Why that is so hard for folks to grasp, I have NO IDEA. But its a tough one.
So this gal says yes. In September I think. I’ve blocked it all out. Do we have a contract? NO! We have a proposal and a written understanding. I’m not building a house, I’m building a website. I’ll do this and this and this and you’ll pay this and this and this.
So she wonders in October or November, two weeks after I rec’d the check, where is her site?? Can we launch by (insert ridiculously soon date)???
No, we can’t. Hello. I said x amount of time. Do the math.
She wastes my time with this prittle prattle for several days.
My time. Which is my money.
Long story short. She paid a 1/3 of what was proposed and dragged her feet on the last payment. I pulled the plug, sent her all the .html for her new site, the raw graphics (psd files) and two fonts I had to purchase (which were not paid for by her…good grief). All she needs to do is PUT THE CART IN THERE. Which I would have gladly done had she made a payment. Like I’m going to pay MORE MONEY to make her site without her paying me?
This is so not Rocket Science.
So! She’s sueing me. Isn’t that fabulous? For MORE than she paid me?
Some sort of contract mumbo jumbo. Oh! And she’s made it a point to email everyone she can possible email that might know me and BAD MOUTH ME.
So. This is why I don’t make websites.
Wanna be a web designer?
BE YE NOT SO STUPID (in the fabulous words of Dooce – give credit where credit is due!).
Now, if I were her – this is where I’d type HER NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE.
But I’m not her 🙂
You wanna know, don’t you? 🙂