I received an inquiry via LinkedIn that started out extremely flattering in regard to the work shown in my portfolio which is why she was contacting me. This was from an actual LinkedIn user and business – I did my research on LinkedIn, Google, and their own website.
Their project request was quite involved:
“We need a completely new design of our logo.”
“We need a completely new design of our website.”
Sounds good so far, right?
And here’s where I started laughing:
“We are looking for a 24-hour turnaround.”
“We will allocate only 3-5 hours to this project.”
“We will only pay if we like the design.”
Everything about this timeline is unreasonable, plus who takes a risk of not being paid for their work?
When contacting a web designer:
- Plan your project with reasonable deadlines.
- Stop asking web designers to work for nothing.