Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006
The Entropy Preparations
Some days I wonder if I've bitten off more than we can chew.
MC and I went today to take some photos for a spec web page for a local specialty store. We also, overnight, got an email from someone else interested in a site. The phone contact kind of blew my mind though - turned out to be a VERY high profile potential client, the kind so high they make me nervous. They filled out the inquiry form on our site, so I wasn't sure until I called if it was someone local here or from where.
All I know now is that if we land this project, it could open a floodgate.
I said the same to MC and he - ever the pragmatic (if not always realistic) - told me in so many words, "It's not there yet, so don't go getting yourself into a tizzy."
He's right, we don't have the job yet. By the same token, I have already seen firsthand how quickly a good job snowballs in more work. I am not counting my hatches before they're chicken. I am nonetheless preparing for that possibility. I work in town every day, talking with businesses, and know that web designers of any caliber are scarcer here than hen's teeth. Somebody who knows what they're doing, and actually DOES it in a professional capacity, pretty much doesn't exist at all here.
After talking to this person and scribbling down what they want for their site - and verifying that they don't need it in bid form - I started making phone calls to talk to people I know who could pick up any overflow as it happens. There are actually a couple of web builders in town (I don't know how qualified they are - could be somebody slapping stuff into FrontPage for all I know) but they take on a job or two, then shut down any more inquiries because they don't have time to take on any more. I do NOT want to do that, particularly not if we get a foot in this particular door. It can spell the difference in doing a business that's little more than a hobby, and making a successful business of it.
Fortunately I do know some people who are capable of building literally whatever has to be built, even if I have to call in every favor I've ever been owed.
Pain-in-the-ass client actually didn't complain tonight other than asking for something we'd already discussed. This time his inquiry was understandable. I need to draw him up a mascot, which I'd already promised to do. I just didn't plan to incorporate it into the page header. I wanted instead to place his critter throughout the site, and explained that to the client.
I might whine, wheedle or beg one of my kids into creating a 3D animated version thereof. Just gotta complete the initial artwork, which I plan to do tomorrow.
In my spare time.
Y'all can stop laughing now.
Before - After
In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )