No matter what your career is, you will find that your friends find a use for you. If you’re a doctor then of course you’ll be asked to diagnose every cut and bruise that your friends have and every lump that they suspect might be cancer. If you’re a carpenter meanwhile you’ll be asked to build fences, gates and ornaments for pretty much everyone you know. And if you’re an accountant then every one of your self-employed friends is going to suggest that you count their receipts…
For web designers this is also true, and if you design websites for a living (or work online at all that is), then you should be prepared to be inundated with web design requests from pretty much everyone you know. You’ll be asked to build personal websites for your friends who want to express their love of football to the world, you’ll be asked to build professional websites for small companies that want to find new clients, and you’ll be asked to build websites as gifts for your mates’ girlfriends.
Here’s why you should never oblige them…
How it Starts
It will start innocently enough – your friend will mention that their company needs a site/they’d love to start a blog and that they’d like you to build it. They’ll pay of course and you can add the results to your portfolio, so it’s a perfect chance for both of you to help each other out in a mutually beneficial situation.
How it Turns Sour
Then though you will tell them – because you’re a good friend – that you couldn’t possibly charge them the full rate and that you will of course build their site for pittance. That’s nice, they’ll say, in return you can have this bottle of wine/a free meal at the restaurant I’m opening.
You’ll then part ways under specific instructions for what they want and you’ll get to work. Only because they’re good friends and you’ll want to impress them to a degree, you’ll be trying to do the best work you’ve ever done. So you’ll be working extra hard on a site that you’re not getting paid for properly while your real clients get annoyed that you’re working more slowly on their work and your partner gets fed up with you working all the time. Then the resentment starts to sink in…
How it Ends in Disaster
While you’re resentful, you still manage to finish the site and you’re happy with what you’ve done. You show it to your friend and await the gallons of praise, but instead what happens is that they peer at it really closely and say ‘hmmmmm’...
They don’t want to be a pain… but could the background be a little darker? And is there anyway you can design the site so that it’s stereoscopic 3D on regular computer screens? They were willing to pay you for the work, so of course they have a right to make requests and try and get the site they want…
And it doesn’t end there either. Because even after you’ve built them the perfect site they’ll want to make updates and they’ll have technical difficulties when they accidentally delete everything from the server.
So unless you want to ruin your friendship, break up with your partner and probably lose your job… you should NEVER design a website for a friend.
The author of this post, Neena Jones, has a keen interest in website development and resorts to guest blogging to share her thoughts on it. She is part of the team at Trice Web Development, a company that provides internet marketing strategies for small businesses.
I'm Louida from Atlanta, Georgia and I'm a mother of two daughters, blogger, and full time working mom at a Business Consulting Firm.
I love helping others learn how to start working from home on the internet free to supplement their current income.
I also blog at Productreviewmom.com
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