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    SitePoint Enthusiast David.A's Avatar
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    maybe God has a good plan for me after all.
    Yes, He does.

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    I've had this I don't know how many times, both in editing and in development. Trying to build content based on generic stuff they have in their Yellow Pages ads turned out to be a good solution...I finally got an email that said "I paid you to build my website, not just copy my ads from the phone book."

    My reply: "Then provide me with the information I requested so I can develop current content for your website. Otherwise, I have to do my own research and/or make it up."

    They got me what I wanted.

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    Cool

    Don't meet the client! It takes too much time and she'll be distracted with all sorts of other things.

    Instead, call her.

    Have a list of questions ready:

    Why did you start your business?
    What makes your business different from others?
    Who are your typical customers?
    etc.

    As she gives you the answers, type her responses onto your computer, or, if you use Skype, you can record the conversation.

    Responses off the top of her head will actually provide better content than if she sat down and tried to write it herself (unless she is a good writer, but that's unlikely if she has repeatedly not provided content).

    It'll mean some extra work for you, but you'll get the content and it'll be better than anything she could produce.

    In future, put an "Extra options" section in your quotation. For example:

    Copy writing $30 per hour
    Let us help you provide great content for your site.

    Then when you tell them half way through the project that you need content and you'll help them create it, they won't be shocked that they (quite rightly!) must pay for it.
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    I would just wait till everything is in order. Otherwise you might have to do a rewrite (excuse the pun).


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