I noticed a slump during the last three months of the year with an unusual increase in enquiries in the two weeks leading up to xmas. This increase in enquiries has continued into the new year but I am getting more time wasters too, so no more business than usual.
Business as usual for us.
More time wasters all round -Mostly wanting to cut their PPC costs but not really knowing what they want so several tiresome hours are spent going over the project only to find they cant afford it any way.....
[edited by: Essex_boy at 7:47 pm (utc) on Jan. 18, 2009]
I got an enquiry last week from a guy who was asking about SEO and redesign. I spoke to him for about fifteen minutes then not knowing where the conversation was going I asked him if he wanted me to build him a website.
"Not at the moment", he says. "I am going on a course with the Small Business Gateway where we will be building our own. I just wanted some information about SEO." Some people have a nerve.
Bee, I hope you wished him luck, because in 6 months, with his amature website and backfiring SEO, he will be coming back to whichever SEO/Designer was nicest to him, asking them to rescue his failing online business :)
I don't sell much except a few odds and ends. Income is from selling ad space. I have definitely noticed that companies are coming up with some innovative ideas about how to place ads on my sites at lower cost to the themselves but same income for me.
Neccessity is the mother of invention. And invention is better than panic.
But the banking crash in the UK is going to test everyone to the limit over the next couple of years. RBS, sometime yesterday, was valued at only 4% of its value compared to its previous high. How can that be? It's staggering. The good ship UK looks to be in far more serious trouble than others.
The private sector for sw sales is non-existant in the uk at the moment as no one can finance the sales. Where did all the money go ?
Thanks for the reply's, so far, I'm a little unsure if those who responded with 'no real change' to my question about work slowing down are from the UK or elsewhere.
to: Nomis5, I hear you loud and clear regarding RBS, its staggering to think so few people making what seems like bad investments and poor loan handling for the last few years can get this country into the state its in now. The government intervention is right, BUT its so gonna come bak and bite is hard in the ass in a few years.
to: aspdaddy, If any of us whants to know just how these bankers and hedge fund people have got us into the state we are now in, I suggest reading a book called 'Who Runs Britain' its provides great insight into the fact that realisticly its not even the Priminister, or the government that make the financial decisions in this country, its the fat cat billionaire bankers, thats who.
Watch out, we dont need clients believing stuff like this
Many small businesses are desperate to improve their marketing and up their custom to help them survive the recession. A clear, effective website is an essential marketing tool these days - and it you can build one at a reasonable price, you may be in high demand.
You don't need to be a professional web designer to make a bit on the side in this way. Perhaps you've built a couple of websites of your own?
Find out what the professions would charge and offer your services at a lower price to businesses in your area.
And this comes from what is supposed to be a reputable UK website. I note they don't remind people to pay their tax! How the **** are we supposed to compete with this nonsense?
I am going to raise this with the Federation of Small Businesses.
Hey, why are you so nervous? It was a journalist who wrote it and everyone knows journalists are the lowest of the lows, even below politicians.
Let these people do it for your clients' competitors. You gonna have richer clients :)