It seems that old practices of business still find their way into the modern world. For example, web design. There is absolutely no reason that a client and designer should ever have to sit down and discuss a site. Whether they both are in the same room or 2000 miles apart, no amount of physical meeting is going to express what the client has built up in his/her head as the design. This is a struggle for web designers to understand the client’s wishes but that is part of the process; getting to know the client. Even clients that I have sat down with have proved to have no more of an impact on the design than ones I’ve never met. As an international and country-wide web design firm; Ink Ignite cannot meet with each and every client.
I have astonishingly been hung up on just because I can’t physically meet with the client (living in the mountains makes it very inconvenient to visit clients, with no guarantee they will even show up or decide to hire me). Not only does that show the client isn’t truly ready to be part of the Internet, it also shows he/she is not ready to receive modern business. After all, the whole point of a website is to meet customers or visitors without any physical interaction, so why can’t that be the point of a designer?
Another reason clients may desire physical meetings is because they’ve been cheated out of money in the past. And so they feel that meeting the designer face-to-face is going to provide extra security. However, how many people have money stolen from them from legitimate companies on a daily basis? Thousands if not millions. The important thing is to just read the designers website (we explain everything and provide assistance for further inquiries), make sure he/she is verified through the proper payment systems (Ink Ignite is PayPal and AlertPay verified), and make sure you have proper measures put into place to ensure you don’t get your money stolen (Ink Ignite only asks for a deposit for projects and then the rest of the payment once the site is 100% functional, we also have Terms of Service and a Return Policy that you can access at any time).
Bottom line, if you don’t trust your web designer, then why should your web designer trust you? Always use safe practices when purchasing online, and look through the entire site. If something seems shifty then be sure you really get to know the company before purchasing from them.