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The Pitfalls of Fast and Cheap

As a beginning web designer you need to build a portfolio. That involves working cheap and even for free when a fantastic opportunity arises.

But at a certain point you should look for better-paying jobs, as working on many low-budget projects is suicide.

Let’s do a little math here. Say you need to earn 50,000 USD gross a year to be able to pay all your bills, rent a house, raise your kids, and have a good life. And assume you make low-budget websites at 2,500 USD each. After five years you would have a list of one hundred clients.

All those clients have small budgets and probably don’t have an in-house IT service. But from now on, you are their internet-savvy whizz kid, so you’ll end up with hundreds of people who think they can depend on you when another virus hits their PC or when their email client stops working.

I’ve been there, and I’m very bad at saying no when I’m the only guy those poor people can turn to. They even call me to ask which laptop they should buy for their daughter.

Avoid the pitfalls of cheap and, if possible, try to leave the low-budget market one day. Choose your clients carefully and deliver your site with a top-notch CMS so you can move on to the next project.




  1. Thanks for this pal, but I’d appreciate even more if you’d share how-to-negotiate stuffs to get the better deals from the clients or employers.

    I hope(if you have some spare time) you’ll be sharing that too soon.

    However, again, I really appreciate this one..


    October 23, 2018

  2. That is a completely different reason than normally given, and a very good one.
    Gathering a lot of low end (and I mean that in a nice way, strictly budget wise) clients will kill you in the long run.

    Unless you can transition them to your normal hourly billable rate for anything except ‘project work. That has worked for me some what in the past. I may take 80 hours to create a 2,000 website but if after that I have a 125.00 an hour client it works out. If however they expect me to do ongoing work for 25.00 an hour then that was a fail.

    joe ruder

    November 27, 2018

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