What a market. Gainesville has it all, especially its share of web developers. With new blood coming into the market – funnelled into and out of Gainesville via the University – our little town has an abundance of web developers looking to make a name for themselves. And we wish them all the best of luck. The primary thing to do is start differentiating yourself. It’s not just about being able to program, that’s easy. You need to have a mind in business to understand the needs of your clients and especially to exceed them.
It’s all about value. What your clients want is the same thing you want in your day to day purchases and goings on. Value. You might be proficient in 6 different programming languages but if you can’t translate that into something valuable for your customer, you’re done before you even got started. It’s more than building a program … it’s building a program for Sue, or John or Dave. You have to take into account, first and foremost, who you are programming for.
It matters if your client is computer savvy or not. As a Gainesville Web Developer it matters how intuitive your program is – to your client, not to you. There’s a vast chasm that separates your knowledge from many of your clients – in a web development sense – heck, if they knew how to do it they probably wouldn’t need you in the first place. The crux of it all is that you’re working with people, not programs. Take it from us, program for the people.