After several phone conversations and submitting a fair and direct proposal to a potential client, we received an email with the following message:
At this moment all I have to judge your abilities on are websites your company designed. I picked your three companies after searching the Internet and making note of what I saw. Even with all of this, it does not help me get a feeling for how you see my sight and how you would make it unique. We are looking for a site that creates interest to anyone who lands on it regardless of who or why they landed there. I am asking you to please submit a home page design to help me and my Board of Directors choose the design company that we feel will represent us best.
Really? Okay, so let me get this straight. Out of all of the design companies on the Internet you’ve narrowed it down to us and two other firms. Even though you think we’re one of the top three web shops on the entire Internet (which is ridiculous) you still don’t have enough confidence in our capabilities and you want a home page designed first before you accept our proposal. Not only that, you want a home page that will create interest for “anyone who lands on it regardless of who or why they landed there”. Oh, and you want it for free.
I’m sorry sir, we won’t be taking your project.