Saturday, July 9, 2011

Freelance Web Developer; You're doing it wrong.

When I speak to potential clients about making them websites, I tend to treat them as if they don't know anything about Web Development (but being respectful at the same time, there's a difference between ignorance and stupidity), and, if they're talking to a person that they're going to hire do develop a website for them, they probably don't. If they come to you, they're probably on their last leg, and don't know what they're going to do to try to get their soon to be made website up and running.

 Now when you're talking to a customer, treat them with respect, and try your hardest not to get mad at them. There are a few things you should remember about people hiring web developers:

  • They (usually) don't know what they want
  • If they knew about web development, they wouldn't be talking to you, so be nice and explain things
  • Never assume anything, people get mad when you think for them, always ask. 
  • Double check on everything. I mean EVERYTHING. 
Just following those few tips should be good enough for you to get started, but there are also a few more things you should never, ever do:
  • Say you can do something, and can't. 
  • Assume (ASSUME= ASS of out U and ME)
  • Rush through a project (Rushing causes sloppy work, sloppy work is not good)
  • Don't talk to the customer. 
Always stay in contact with the customer, email them, call them (daily), send them text messages if you want, just don't lose contact with them.

I've been following all of these tips and I've gotten along nicely in the Freelance world. I think this might help some other aspiring developers out there. 

11 comments:

  1. good tips, ive never developed a website for anyone else but maybe i should follow your advice and moke some monay!

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  2. The main problem usually is the first you wrote, they don't know what they want, and if they know, usually it changes each time you completed any minor task.

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  3. Still sounds like a pretty good thing to go by.

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  4. Thanks for the tips, did some web development quite long ago. Perhaps I should try again, just for fun.

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  5. Thanks for sharing. Very good advice actually. followed :)

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  6. i did a study as a web designer, too bad it wasn't what i was lookin for.
    thanks for the advice.
    +1 follower!

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  7. Y'know, these would be good tips for more than just freelance web development: indeed, this sounds like some good rules of thumb for just about any freelance work.

    Except for wetwork...I'm fairly certain you want to break daily contact as soon as the hatchet job is done.

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  8. Just beginning to learn about web development, I have a long way to go!

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