Why AltTabStudios.com?

Anyone can start a business. Why am I? First a little back story.

Almost 4 years ago, my own mom approached me to do a new web site design for the company that she worked for. I had been doing graphics and web work since I was about 11 and she knew I was capable. So I agreed to do the design and she said her company would pay me $1000.

One. Thousand. Dollars.

ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS?! For what amounted to little more than a customized web template that they would have to fill in! It didn’t even have a content management system (CMS)!

But I was a young broke college student in his right mind, so of course I said ‘hell yeah!’ and completed it in a couple of hours.

The sad thing was they never used it. I put as much information in there as I could, and even my web-inclined mother (who has done her own websites before) couldn’t really use it. It sat there. Its probably still there (it is, in the same form I left it back in 2006).

So not only do you end up over paying, but if you are not inclined technically it will just sit there and rot. Then you have to pester your friend’s son to go in there and update it. It’ll look like crap, but hey, at least you’re on the web right?

It doesn’t have to be that way.

The middle ground is getting a graphic template designer to hack you up a beautiful custom WordPress theme, that way you can manage it yourself.

Done… not.

What if something goes wrong? What if you want to change it? What if you want to add some other functionality? A blog is not a business website!

So you hire a firm to do the whole job – graphics, back end programming, maybe even offload some parts of your business online to a web application. Too bad the estimate is in the thousands of dollars (which you can’t afford), and in the end its only an estimate (they can’t promise it won’t cost more).

The concept of billing your customers based on time – versus the value you actually provide them – is absolutely alien to me. Why would we put the total cost of a job in the hands of the person who benefits from taking his time?

Flat rate. Is this website worth $X to you? I’ll charge you $X. No more, no less. It could take me 4 times the amount of time I thought it would – but that extra time doesn’t bring extra value, so why would I charge you extra money?

Full job. I’ll do it all;  the web design, the programming, the hosting and the ongoing support.  Pulling all the work in-house saves overhead, but having one person do it all saves even more.

Functional. My web sites are designed to work FOR you; it will not be dead weight once its launched. You will have custom administration, custom applications, and custom branding and graphics. It will fit you like a glove. Anything I haven’t enabled you to do I will do for you.

Keeping it real. I’m not going to use a bunch of fancy technical phrases to confuse you so I can charge more. If something seems complicated to you but is really only going to take me 5 minutes – I’ll tell you. I won’t make you pay for something that you can get for free, and I won’t charge hidden fees or penalties, ever. I won’t nail your foot to the floor with long and expensive contracts. And if my rates change, yours won’t.

Whats the catch?

Hopefully, none. If you think there is one,  I’ll fix it.

“So you’re telling me there’s a full web solution with custom style and service at an affordable price?”

That’s exactly what I’m telling you. What a concept, huh?


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4 Responses to “Why AltTabStudios.com?”

  1. Gravatar of Антон Павлович Антон Павлович
    22. March 2010 at 06:18

    So […….

    Какое интересное сообщение…

  2. Gravatar of Alex Gordon Alex Gordon
    2. April 2010 at 18:03

    Могу я у Вас спросить?…

    Almost 4 years ago, my own mom approached me to do a new web site design for the company that she worked for…..

  3. Gravatar of Kylie Batt Kylie Batt
    3. May 2010 at 23:47

    Вы не ошиблись, все верно…

    Anyone can start a business. Why am I? First a little back story…..

  4. Gravatar of Kylie Batt1 Kylie Batt1
    12. June 2010 at 22:48

    Браво, вас посетила просто отличная мысль…

    Almost 4 years ago, my own mom approached me to do a new web site design for the company that she worked for…..

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