Suppose you are a business owner in USA and you want a good looking website for your company. The main aim of a website is to generate business, especially if yours is an online business. Irrespective of whether your business is online or offline, you will be looking for cheap web design companies. As a US citizen your first preference will always go to US web design companies even though there are thousands of quality web design firms in countries like India, Pakistan, Philippines etc. Most web design firms in Asian countries do provide quality service but there are scams as well.
US Webdesign Firms With No Physical Office In USA Are On The Rise
There are quite a lot of webdesign firms operating in the US without a physical address. They will just provide an apartment address and a phone number. Because web designing is an online job, you don't need an office, you can do the work at home. Most of these so called US web design firm work from a small office in India or Philippines. Actually you don't have to worry about where your work gets done as long as you get the work done on time but in most cases, it won't. They will lag the work on and on for ever. You can't even pull out of the deal as you have already made some payments, it is a deadlock. You will have to bear with them till the work gets done.
My Story Of Working In So Called US Web Design Firms
I worked for two such companies. I don't want to name them. The first company's website said it was a Texas based firm and it had a local contact number. Actually by Texas law, it was a fake company. It had .Inc added to its name when they haven't even registered the company. The owners were two Indian software engineers and wife of one guy (three were working in Texas). They posted ads on craigslist and other ad services, generated leads and once the they were hired, they will handover the work to us.
We were a team of 3 working on the top story of a small rented house in a rural town in South India. Once we got the work, we will start scratching our heads thinking how to begin. The team lead was a guy who was studying MCA. There was another guy who completed MCA and didn't even know what was Java, and then there was me, the Chief Marketing Officer of a US based webdesign firm, lol. I did all marketing activities including SEO when I didn't even know what Google was all about (It was couple of years back, now I know what SEO is and I have a website that gets 1000 unique page views a day). I was hired on the basis of some direct marketing experience ( experience of selling Vodafone sim cards) and slightly better communication level in English than the other guys who applied. Let me tell you, the other two guys' English communication skill was so horrible that mine looked a lot better to them. Meanwhile, my education ended in the high school, just to let you know.
As a marketing guy I used to manage the company's elance and freelancer profile. One thing I forgot to mention was, our names where changed to English nicknames in Skype and e-mails, in order to communicate with customers. I still remember one guy from Alaska who wanted an e-commerce website, actually it was too big a project for our team to handle. But pressure from the owners made me to weave a trap to get that project. I proposed a project price of $1000 when in reality it was a $10,000 project. So the poor guy agreed thinking that our service was really cheap.
We started working on the project, our team lead had no idea about where to begin. He made some phone call to his classmates and friends and figured something out. Even I started programming when the second guy was on leave. It was a total mess, by the end of the month, we all wanted our much awaited salary. When we asked the owner about salary he told me that the company's financial condition was pretty miserable, so get the Alaska man to pay $1000 more. After many conversation, I finally got the Alaskan to raise the total project amount to $2000. So we all were happy since we got that month's salary.
Finally the project got to a stage where it was beyond our expertise to complete the requirements. Client became really angry with us and he wanted refund.Actually he lost 2 months of precious time, he had an online business website to set up in 15 days, thanks to us. The deal was finally settled with the company repaying the amount. I really feel sorry for the guy, but I was helpless at that time. I had to feed my family and my salary was at stake. I hope he got his project done from a good webdesign company in US itself.
After a year, I left the company due to some conflict of interests. I joined another company, it was the same story once again, the only difference was that it was a team of 5 morons, lol. I never wanted to cheat clients, but my company wants to. So I left that job too. Both companies are still cheating clients. After that I stopped working, went back to my village and started a farm. Yes, I earn less today, but I am happy that I am not cheating anyone. I can enjoy all the love I can get from the people around. I still has some SEO experience in my pocket, I love blogging, I love farming, I love my work. I don't want to go back to any web design firm, I still receive some calls from web design firms, but I will never accept any offer. I will accept an offer, if it is a genuine web design firm with proper physical address be it anywhere in the world.
The story doesn't end here, I can go on and on forever. This blog is not enough for me to write my 2 years experience in web design industry, I think I should write a book lol. I will write my story for you, if you can pay me $5000, lol ( I am in need of that kind of money to pay back the loan I took to buy cows to my farm) . You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org , we can have a chat over Obama's policies on unemployment.