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thirdfloor | posted 12-02-2008 | Number of Votes: 39  |  Current Rating: 4.46   

I'm a freelance webdesigner. I'm good at design and making effective websites, blogs, etc. Though I code compliant sites that work well, I know where my greatest strengths are - they're in visual design.

I got an email from a guy who says that he likes iTunes, but they don't have a lot of a specific genre of music.

He wants me to build a site for him that will be like iTunes but for just for that genre of music. He was sure that it would be a big moneymaker (and, it well could be).

I told him that that kind of thing is way out of my area of expertise, and that I wouldn't know how to go about doing it. But I wished him luck in finding someone who had the right skills.

He emailed me back and said, "I don't care if you have the skills! I like your design work. You can learn as we go! All I want is your total commitment. You don't need to know how to build the site. You just need to be able to figure it out."

I told him again that I really appreciate his interest, but I'm not the right person for the job.

And he emailed me back again to ask me to reconsider. And said that he was already working on 'finding financing.'

Again, I declined, but told him if he needs web graphics for the site, let me know & I'd be glad to help.

One: Why would someone who wanted to build such a site want to hire someone who had no interest or skills to do so?

Two: If I knew how to build a site / application that would truly rival iTunes, why wouldn't I do it myself?


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