[consulting] General consultant's vent

Elvis McNeely office at mcneelycorp.com
Thu Aug 6 11:46:28 UTC 2009

"She said my estimate was wrong, because she saw an article on creating 
a blog in 30 minutes."

Tell her to hire someone else that can do it in 30 minutes. And, that if 
she changes her mind, you will still do it for the same price.

When clients come to me that way, I already know I probably don't want 
to do business with them. Chances are, she doesn't care about the 
quality or that you are doing the changes the right way - the Drupal 
way. As I am sure many of us have seen examples, Drupal newbies offer 
low prices but come in and chop up Drupal core and / or template files - 
instead of learning how to do it the Drupal way.

If she doesn't value this, then she probably won't ever do it. If she is 
patient, try to explain what is really involved and see what she thinks 
about the 30 minutes then... Chances are if she called around, to get a 
bid for this exact need, most people wouldn't do it work. I know I 
wouldn't (not for 30 or 3 hours) - unless I had a prior relationship and 
know she won't scope creep or keep expecting more for the same price.

Good luck

Elvis McNeely
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Web Developer / Freelancer / Drupal Specialist
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Ayen Designs wrote:
> so, I have a client using blog/blog_api. She complains because of the 
> blog naming, the breadcrumb, the naming of the remotely submitted blog 
> article, the url, and more. String_override doesn't work with the blog 
> name. So I told her that if we set it up as a custom content type 
> instead of using blog, there's a log more I could do. I estimated 3 
> hours to change over everything, create the view, test all the 
> page/url/article/breadcrumb naming, etc. She said my estimate was wrong, 
> because she saw an article on creating a blog in 30 minutes. I need to 
> find a way to make money developing with clients!!!!
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