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The Web Design Circle Of Life

web design circle of life
Last Updated December 28, 2021
 - by James Rose

"Sorry, after considering your quote, I've decided I'm going to get my cousin's wife's brother's dog to build my website."

*Rolls eyes* If you're in web design (hell, just about any creative industry), you've heard this before. Many-a-job has been lost to a "family friend" who is "just getting into web design" and "can do it real cheap."

It comes up a LOT in all the Facebook groups for web designers that I hang out in. Usually, people are asking how to respond to a client that says this. For some clients, trying to convince them that a lower price from a family friend isn't the best idea, will just never work. For others, it's simply a matter of showing them how important a website is in terms of potential business won or lost. I've often preempted this kind of thing by joking with clients before it ever comes up. It's something I've repeated probably 100's of times at networking events, and it always gets a laugh. It usually goes...

"For every job that we lose to a family friend, we get another job to fix or replace a website that was built by a family friend. It's like the web design circle of life."

It's not even an exaggeration. We've easily fixed the same number of sites, or more, compared with ones we've lost to this universal enemy. And by "fixed", I mean we replaced the entire thing because in the end it would have been cheaper for the client.

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James Rose

James is the co-founder of Content Snare and Aktura Technology. Once a web designer, his new priority is to help web designers and developers regain their lives, work less and get better clients. He does this by writing helpful posts, building software and working with web designers to deliver the complex web development that they don't normally handle. Get James' agency toolkit to discover the best tools and resources for creative and digital agencies
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