Many business owners in the service industry understand the importance of ensuring that their time is billed out and paid for properly. After all, in the service industry ‘time’ is our currency. If we cannot get paid for our time then we cannot stay in business!
In our own industry we sometimes face this exact issue when we are quoting the time it will take to complete a conversion friendly website or perform regular maintenance on client websites.
While clients have a need to get something updated online, they sometimes do not understand the time it takes to make changes and often do not want to pay to have it done.
If you can relate to this issue, this blog is for you!
The purpose of this blog is really just to lightly add some context to the topic.
Attaching Value To Your Online Brand
For many old school business owners you may have a storefront. Depending on your business category, companies need to consider including things like maintenance, upkeep and changing the design of your store to ensure the company appears well kept. These things are usually accepted and included in the company budget.
Guess what? Your website is now your most highly visible store front! Since your website is accessible to anyone 24/7/365, it is incredibly important to allocate a budget to the regular maintenance and upkeep of your online brand.
Why wouldn’t you? Your website is now a key component in generating business for your company! The expectation should be the same as companies in the past that operated brick and mortar. In fact, when you really consider the value of your online brand, the cost to keep it up to date and current is miniscule compared to how things would have been in the past in traditional environments. So why do so many companies fight tooth and nail when a developer wants to charge money for there time to make changes to a company website?
Websites Generate Significant Awareness & Revenue For Your Business
If you don’t know this already, then take it from someone that has been doing it for years. I could recount 100’s of instances that we have taken a client that was concerned about their ability to make money online and had them thrilled with the results in just a few short months.
Website Maintenance As An Essential Service
Now if you are a company that has a marketing firm (like ours) managing your online property here is your opportunity to have a glimpse into how we are often treated in our daily activities.
Since we have no tangible product that we hand to you, the only way a company that builds websites can be paid for is their time. Time is our commodity. The value you are receiving by employing a top notch company should be recognized. After all, your website directly affects your companies ability to make money.
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Show Us Developers Some Love
Since time is our currency we need to get paid for the work we provide. The purpose of this article was to provoke some thought into what us web development and marketing companies go through and also help raise some awareness about the importance / value of what we do for your company.
So next time you feel puzzled that you had to put a couple hundred dollars to update your website remember the time that had to go into that effort and remember that us poor guys need to make a living too!