I hope you liked our very first strip about flash banners and introducing our characters. We’ve got a lot of cool names suggestions, and one that our team really enjoyed is “Webster”, by Laurel G. We have some other cool variations (like Coddy Webber) but we’re still open to more suggestions if you have a better idea :)
Today we’ll be talking about 2 funny situations that I think you may have experienced. So let’s go through them.
High Exposure Job
Darker than dark
So, what could you do in these situations?
Do you remember that our goal here is to get some insights from these funny things? So, let’s go on this.
The first one is pretty common. Actually I’ve seen many cases that people think that we should feel privileged to work for them for “exposure.” Kind of strange, isn’t it?
First of all, if you can, stay away from these people.
If any job description starts with “it doesn’t pay well, but..” something is very wrong.
I mean, I’m not saying that you can’t take the occasional lower-paying-then-you’d-like gig (we all have to do this sometimes) or even free work. I work several hours of my day for the simple pleasure of helping friends (yes @SaadBassi, I’m looking at you).
I’m saying that if someone doesn’t want to pay you a fair price for your work and uses words like “exposure” and “future works” as phishing bait, you should stay away from them. Not all clients will have the cash to pay for your services, but the ones that are worth working for will at least offer you something for your effort, they may give you free meals at their restaurant or trade other goods or services for your work.
The second situation is a little more difficult. It’s when your client thinks that he knows everything about what you’re doing.
This situation, dear padawan, require us to put AADR plan in action:
- Ask- When he says “when I turn off my monitor I get a much darker color” you should ask: “So, have you seen this color in any other site? What makes you think that this is possible to do?”
- Anticipate – Just before he asks for any other changes you should think about what he wants to accomplish and anticipate possible improvements, like a different color palette or new features.
- Do – Just after suggesting something, if you think that this will improve client’s results just do it without waiting for a final “OK, go” order.
- Reassess – Let’s face the truth, things hardly go as planned. So after running your website for a while just reassess what is working, what isn’t and what to do about it.
It’s your turn!
Have you seen something similar to this? DO you have any cool name suggestion for our hero? Do you have any fun stories to share? Just go on and comment! :)
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