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Today’s guest post comes from Jamie Simmerman of Blue Duck Copy. All too often in our business we see a lot of folks taken advantage of by designers who think they know more than they do. It’s sad, and frustrating, and gives all us honest designers a bad name – not to mention all the cleaning up we have to do in their wake.
Jamie beat me to the punch with her post and asked if we’d like to share it here. I said sure, considering my own post on the subject started out with far less nicer words than cockroach.
“Ewwww! I think I just stepped on a cockroach! Oh! Pardon me, that was your Web designer.”
Would you know if you hired a cockroach to design your website? Sadly, many clients don’t realize something is a little buggy with a business deal until it’s too far gone. With the economy in a seemingly endless slump, more and more of these fly-by-night, dishonest, creepy Web designers are taking clients for a ride and leaving them with little more than a crappy website and a disenchanted attitude.
So how do you spot a cockroach in disguise?
You take a look at his habits.
Cockroaches are hard to squash. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to squash the truth out of a bad designer. They make excuses, change their story multiple times, and never admit that something is beyond their capabilities. A good designer knows her limits and is not afraid to admit, “I don’t know, but I can find you someone who does.”
Cockroaches adapt well. A bad designer will dig into your website and make himself at home. If your Web Designer highjacks your website and holds your content, settings, and control of your business hostage, you may be dealing with a cockroach in disguise. A good Web Designer won’t nickel and dime you to death by charging you for every blog post you write (and subsequently want to publish on your website).
Cockroaches are nocturnal. Well, lots of quality Web designers work nights, too, so this one might not be a good indicator. However, if your designer begins to make strange requests about payment, gives you a bogus telephone number or address, or keeps upping your price, you may be dealing with a cockroach.
Cockroaches are hardy. Hard to kill, these little pests keep coming back for more. No matter how strained the relationship becomes, they just keep pouring on the complications, complaints, and excuses Then, suddenly, after the check has cleared… they seem to disappear into the night- even if the job’s not finished.
Cockroaches stink. This one is self-explanatory. If it smells like a deal gone bad, it probably is.
Cockroaches are numerous. Just like the real buggers, bad web designers are plentiful and they seem to multiply like- well, like cockroaches. So keep your eyes peeled and carry a big can of bug spray in the form of knowledge. And if you happen to fall prey to one of these pests, don’t panic. There’s hope and help available. Honest, dependable, non-insect designers like the Sirius team will come to rescue your website from becoming a local roach motel.