I found a designer that looked the part. I knew nothing about the work and effort behind having a “professional” building my site. So when I was given a 3 month estimate, I was at their mercy, as I had no idea on what was a normal time frame. I trusted they were doing their job and they would deliver a product that was far beyond my capabilities.
Well, the 3 months went by and I hadn’t heard much from the designer, so I checked in. After a string of emails, I was delivered the first draft of my website. It was nowhere near what I had envisioned, and so much content and so many elements were missing. But the designer ensured me that this was a normal pace, and things WILL get done. Having no real knowledge on the subject, I trusted them, and they continued the build.
After speaking with the designer, I decided to speak with friends that I know have dabbled in web design. After looking over the site, and what all has been done, they genuinely thought that the site, that I had waited 3 months for, had been worked on for just a few hours.
This web designer took advantage of my lack of knowledge on web design to sell me a service that they were less than qualified for. I was lied to. I was always in the dark while they “built.” I put my business and website in their hands, and it was a costly mistake.
I was upset. But most importantly, I was determined. Determined to understand this craft, that seems so important in not only mine, but EVERY industry.
So I began learning.