First Rule of Business: Don’t Turn Down Money

First Rule of Business: Don’t Turn Down Money Picture

In my previous blog entry, Client Testimonials are Invaluable. How Much Do You Pay for Yours? I sort of advocated for turning down money in lieu of a testimonial. While I still believe in that method as a way of collecting testimonials, I had a revelation last night when I almost turned down a way to make some money because I wasn’t happy with the chosen solution that a customer was selecting.

Let me explain.

I’m a web developer. I used to use tools like GoLive, Pagemill and Dreamweaver because I never bothered to learn to write code. Eventually, I decided that I needed to figure out how all of this stuff works so that I could achieve the results that I was looking for. Yes, this is how I want the site to look. Why do you ask? So, I got a copy of Espresso in the MacHeist III bundle. I was really excited. And, through a lot of reading and experimenting, I learned to write HTML and CSS. So, now, any solution that doesn’t allow me to actually write code, gives me hives.

Cloud Based Dev Platform That Has The Same Name As An Oil Filter

So, I was talking (emailing back and forth) to a client last night and they mentioned that they could probably just get the results that they were looking for with the above mentioned cloud based platform. Immediately, I rolled my eyes and started to type an email that said the following:

If that’s all you really need then yeah, you could probably find a template and build that out. I’m not really interested in working on that type of project.

It wasn’t just a matter of my ego getting the best of me (although, that was part of it), it was also that I had seen the control panel of the platform in action and it felt very limiting to me. In the 5 minutes that I spent with it, I couldn’t achieve what I wanted so I immediately rejected it as a non-starter.

As I sat and thought about it a bit, I remembered that I had a friend who is skilled in using that platform. My mind started working. Maybe I could contract out my friend to do the work. It felt like a win / win. He got paid. I kept the client (and maybe made a little). The client got a website that they were happy with. So, I guess it was a win / win / win. We’ll see. I haven’t proposed any of this but I feel like I did learn a lesson. Don’t dismiss anything out of hand. At least think about the project and your circle of friends / associates to see if you can contract out the work. The more you do it, the more they may do it in return.

By the way, I know a web developer that is skilled at writing HTML / CSS and loves working with ExpressionEngine. I can give you his contact info if you like.

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