[thelist] pricing for web sites?

Paul Bennett Paul.Bennett at mch.govt.nz
Wed Sep 23 15:29:57 CDT 2009

> That said, I've never actually exercised this because the few times
> brought it up, I received an extremely negative response and feared
> not only would the client not come through with the content, but that 
> he/she would also never pay me for the balance of the project.  And

Rod for your own back - clients won't respect you if you won't enforce
your own rules.

> I'm dealing with a client right now who is on a monthly agreement and
is 4
> months behind.  She has not given me the content that I need to
> with the work I'm supposed to be doing, but her contract stipulates

Take her site (and email if possible) down and tell her it will be back
up when she pays. If she still won't, get a debt collector to collect
the remaining amount and drop her. 
You don't need to waste your time with people like this - they're bad
for business and will suck the joy from your life. Move on, you'll thank
yourself later.

>  If I had work pouring in, I wouldn't exactly worry about keeping
> clients, but times are really hard right now!  

Do you have at least one dream client? Someone who pays on time, sticks
to scope and loves what you do for them? Consider how they came to be
your client, what makes the business relationship so successful and how
you can get more clients like them and then go do it.

Also, a down time is a great time to take a look at your business and
consider ways to diversify your income, or reach out to new markets.
Maybe you could run some (free or paid) seminars teaching people some of
what you do? Maybe you could write and self-publish a book? Maybe you
could start specialising rather than generalising? Maybe you could
contract for work somewhere you haven't tried before?


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