A friend called yesterday, wanting to run some web design quotes by me (that were eight times more than I charge). He knew the quotes were pretty high, but was curious what I thought he should do now. Obviously I had to chuckle at the rates and let him know he sure did deserve to be curious. He then wanted to know if he should have an independent consultant look at the quotes for him, rather than a designer. Whoa – hold on just a minute! A consultant?
This is one job title that has me completely confused! What exactly IS a consultant? Webster defines one as “a person who gives professional or expert advice”. In some professions that might hold water, but not in the web design world. At least from my perspective. How can you fly around the country, making all sorts of money, giving advice on something that you aren’t even doing? Sure, you might have had some decent experience in the past, got sick of the work (LOL), and now just want to run your mouth. But this industry changes every day. If you don’t keep up with the current trends you’ll soon be out of work.
And that’s exactly what I told my friend. The last thing I would do is ask an independent about what to do next. That would be like asking some “community organizer” from Chicago to immediately run our entire country. Sorry liberals, but only time will tell! There are many different ways designers go about the business they do, and I’m sure a consultant’s view isn’t going to encompass every single one. Anyone else under the impression that there are too many individuals making millions without actually doing squat to improve the world we live in? Have you ever taken advice from a consultant and found out they were really clueless about what needed to happen?
PRAYING for my wife’s headaches / pain to be healed soon. PRAISING God for giving us a mind to discern what is truth and what is not.