As an agency owner, and developer, I can tell you that the frustration that comes from being a developer in this day in age can be overwhelming. And I am equally sure that the frustration that comes from dealing with a bad web or software developer is just as overwhelming.
So many people have had bad experiences and so many developers (sorry to the ones that aren’t) are awful. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard that Big Joe Web Company has laid claim to some small business person’s website, content and domain and is holding it hostage so they can never leave. What is worse is that it isn’t only Big Joe Web Company, Small Pete Web Company has also started resorting to this tactic.
Another large portion of developers have resorted to the “I think to make money I will do 5 minutes of work for $5,000” routine. Resulting in awful looking websites that do not meet best practice standards, and have no hope of competing in today’s market.
And we all know the outsourcing companies who simply take on work and farm it out to whoever is cheapest, most often developers who are not even in this country and cannot hope to understand local markets or the what the client really wants or needs.
Finally, there is the typical, non-responsive web developer or even web agency that takes 6 months to change a phone number if they ever respond at all.
For all of the business owners out there that have had to deal with any of this, I truly apologize. But it is important for you to know…
While all of the above scenarios happen every day and there is seemingly no stopping it, I can say that there are many developers out there that still have integrity and have a lot of pride in what they do and what they put out there for their customers.
These are freelancers who dedicate days of their lives in front of their screens just doing what they love.
The agencies who have been fortunate enough to gather brilliant, creative, and caring teams that want to kick butt at design and make cool stuff to help their clients succeed.
The teams of friends that decided to start a business together collaborating and creating for their clients.
They do exist, and you can find them, and fortunately, if you don’t have any in your local area – who cares! There are plenty all over the U.S who would be happy to work with you remotely. It is the 21st century after all.
It is possible to find them. You just have to know what to look for.