Building a web design portfolio

Well after ages of not ‘designing’ websites, I’ve decided to start making websites commercially. The move is really marked by some of the rip-offs that I’ve seen recently. I don’t know if it’s okay to over-bill a client because they don’t know how a website, hosting and basic e-mail work.

There’s a group of guys who billed over R 2’000 on a ‘basic’ website, and there were three bad things about it.

  1. They used a template that they found on the net, and it was a bit horrible.
  2. They couldn’t even mod the template properly, pictures look stretched etc.
  3. They ‘ripped’ the client off, there’s absolutely no useful functionality or anything that could warrant such a rate.

One might call it business, and that if people are ignorant then they should pay an extra price; but I believe that if we want to change the world we should start with ourselves. And anyways there’s a huge difference between ignorance and lack of knowledge. I want to change the way we do business, and what better way than to do it in the way that I want it to be done?

I always thought that I’d rather spend my time doing other things, but there still seems to be a lot of money out there to be made, and I want to enter the scene and run an ethical business. So I have started ‘designing’ (I rather call it developing) websites. My first one has a 2 week deadline from now.  Stay tuned for the final product!