On Tools and ClientsJul 7th 2011 // Permalink
Let’s say you’ve hired me to build you a house. You’ve had your plans drafted and now you need a contractor to bring it to life. We meet, talk about your project, what your needs are, what you envision your home to be like. I review your plans and confidently convey to you that I am the right man for the job. You inquire further, “Tell me why you’re the right man for the job”.
I list off my qualifications:
- I use the latest framing hammer that is lighter weight therefore allowing me to swing it faster yet still drive the nails just as deep.
- I use the latest aluminum studs that are equally as strong as wooden studs.
- I use this brand new insulation blowing machine, the Krendl 475, you’ve never seen insulation move as fast when blown into walls.
- I just switched over from Caterpillar to John Deere for preparing the ground when we lay the foundation. Talk about torque!
- I have been trying out a really cool new caulking gun that I will probably use on your house, it uses half the energy to squeeze out the same about of caulking.
I could go on, but I stop when I notice a quizzical look on your face. “That’s great, but will my house look like this?”, as you point to your blueprints.
I’ve never had a client hire me for the tools that I use. The majority of them don’t care what tools I use, they simply want their project to look and function exactly like they envision, nothing less, nothing more.
Don’t get me wrong, I use HTML5 for most all of my projects. jQuery is in every project as well. Sometimes, I throw in some CSS3 if the majority of the end users browsers support the rule. I build the appropriate templates for the appropriate screen sizes — sometimes they’re responsive, most of the time they’re not. All of these tools are awesome. They make my job infinitely easier. I can’t imagine not having them available but at the end of the day, my clients don’t care what tools I use to get the job done, as long as I get the job done.