caller: I was calling about a web site
developer: cool, that’s what we do. how can I help?
caller: I have a simple site and I need some updates. not much really, just a few changes. is that something you do?
developer: yes, what is the url?
caller: well I’ll need you to sign an NDA before I give you the url. can I fax it over?
developer: no (thinks: “do I still have a fax to email gateway working? hmmm”)
developer: we just met and you want to fist bump attorneys?
caller: no, i just don’t know how else to protect my intellectual property!
developer: you have a site now, right?
developer: live on the internet?
developer: …… long pause…..
caller: ok, I see your point.
…. 45 minutes of spec requests and contract pre-negotiation convo takes place here….
caller: so basically that’s it. my brother-in-law said he could build it for $225 dollars but I wanted to call around and get a few options to see if I could reduce the cost. He’s not very good actually.
Thoughts going through your head as the dev:
- developer (option 1): so you have a job board and you want to enhance a few features of monster.com to allow for a commission and affiliate structure?
- developer (option 2): so you have a great e-commerce idea, have been reviewing amazon.com and found a few ways to improve on their theories to sell widgets?
- developer (opti0n 3): so you want to have a self sustaining site that makes you money with no effort invested while you work at your current job realizing the money-for-nothing potential advertised on TV?
Resolution: have you heard of Crowdspring?