Getting Web Designing Contracts, Do’s and Don’ts
Well! Often being an underdog does not bring you into the eyes of the players, but in this case you might be overlooked even by your prospects. Hence, play the game with care it is indeed critical. Here are a few do’s and don’ts, to be taken care when pitching for projects:
- When the client is looking for a web designer, he will surely ask for your experience, so do maintain a portfolio. If you are a tenderfoot in the business, try and gain some experience as a freelancer or an intern. This might help you with a good start.
- The client is always looking for a designer who has relevant knowledge, i.e. if he wants a full flash website, then the designer has made one in the future or knows how to make it. Don’t try to persuade the client unnecessarily. Either, you know the job or you don’t! You can always suggest improvisations but do not beat around the bush, trying to convince him for a static HTML website when he does not need one.
- Do keep the client well-informed about regular and required updates. It keeps you in business.
- Don’t ever give impractical timelines; it will only earn you a bad reputation. Many in the industry follow this strategy to get more projects, but it is quality that the client demands along with well-timed services therefore do not misguide him.
- Do maintain a rapport with fellow designers and developers, networking always helps. To maintain your reputation in the industry, it is equally important that you create and maintain an understanding with your folks.
- Don’t give the budget at the first instance let the client speak his mind first, and then bill him on the services. Often designers apply the approach of low-pricing than their competitors to get the job. Remember the customer can use it as a tactic to get the fee lowered or he may take you as a noncompetitive one.
After spending a considerable time in this field, I have deciphered that web design is a job of creativity blended perfectly with marketing strategy, whether you apply it to get business for your client or make some yourself.