The other day I received a text message from a prospective client. Normally, I am contacted by email or phone so right away this was unusual. Also, they led up-front with the fact that they were hearing impaired. This would explain why she texted instead of phoning, but did not explain why she didn’t just email. Whatever, I thought, I never do one shred of work without a 50% deposit anyway so let’s just see what happens.
The following is a transcript of the initial text exchange:
Good Day, My name is Mary, I’m hearing impaired, I wanna know if you can handle website design for a new company and also if you do you accept credit cards ??
Hi. Thanks for considering me for your project. Let’s start by sending some details of the web site you’re looking for.
- The purpose of the site. ie: ecommerce? Business promotion?
- Do you need logo and other branding elements?
- Budget and timeline.
Please email to email@example.com
Okay i will email you the details in a min
Just a few minutes later I received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org. The exchange went like this:
Here is the job detailsi have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in IL and the company is based on importing and exporting of Agriculture products such as Kola Nut, Gacillia Nut and Cocoa so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?. so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible .http://www.agroamerica.com... . the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate based on the site i gave you to check out, the estimate should include hosting and i want the same page as the site i gave you to check out and i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.Note:1. I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.2. I want only English language3. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as yourbestfarmneeds.com4. you will be updating the site for me.5. i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.6. i want the site up and running before The start of next month.7. My budget is $5000 to $8,000Kindly get back to me with:(1) an estimate(2) your cell phone number(3) And will like to know if you are the owner ??
I want it start by next month which is july and i came across you through the search engine …
Alright i understand you and i want you to do the best of the best website for me so i will give you enough time to do the project and all i need from you is a perfect job ok …..what kind of merchant machine do you use to run credit card? Because i dont use Paypal/Square to run my credit card because it debited my account twice ..
Alright that will be ok and i will be looking forward to hear from you tomorrow with the estimate so we can proceed with the payment