Well, I have been busy since my let go at my full time employer.
Me aka Level3i has been hammered with projects. Averages about 6 per month. Thats why I dont do as many reviews here any more.
Still nerve racking not knowing what is going to happen from month to month or if the client is going to pay the remaining balance.
But, interesting news!
Level3i is going to be acquired in Q2 of next year. This means I get to do the same thing I am now, be backed by a larger company and get a paycheck every two weeks, whoo hooo.
I will also be building a new site for a new hosting company called Primeserve. I have leanred a great deal about hosting and what people are looking for as far as hosting, reseller accounts, control panels ect. from a great number of you here, for that I thank you.
Primeserv is backed by a larger co with deep pockets so it should be fun, I think. lol
I / Level3i has $13k in account receiveables this month if everybody pays so things arent going to bad for a one guy show.
I am not posting this to act as if I am rubbing anything into anybodies face, so please dont take it that way. I am just letting friends know what is going on.
Congrats Tranz, for making it this far, and I sincerely hope you'll have much further to go.
I understand the part about all the worrying everyday. I'm also freelancing fulltime and it can be very heartbreaking when clients disappear suddenly sometimes. However there are always some who are really nice and put their faith in you. Nothing can beat the satisfaction when people appreciate your work.
For all those people who just started out, just work hard and believe in yourself, we will be rewarded for our work in some way or another. It may not be monetary, but valuable experience.
hey guys thanks for the kind words it chokes a guy up..
Well, I am taking a move from Pixelbrick. See I found out that they might charge $40,000 for a site but they are offering their clients a payment plan.
Ahhhhh, I said. Now I offer that as well. This way bigger clients will use me, but not have the 50% upfront costs they would normaly. This also depends on the client.
It makes it a bit trickyer as you CAN NOT allow them to have the full source code till final payment is done. Thus, as a designer, I host it for them. I also include a yearly hosting fee past the first year.
So I take a $20,000 deal and turn it into long term revenue, via monthly payments and yearly hosting.
So, next time you know you want $3k for a site but know the client cant pay for it right now, offer them a pyment plan.
Good luck to my friends and fellow designers.
PS: Isnt it a saying that a carpenters house is never done, same goes for my own site.
Vito, jump on ICQ and drop me a note now and then.