Ethics and Entrepreneurship
January 3, 2005 1:18 PM Subscribe
Ethics and Entreprenuership. I've a lengthy question about being self-employed.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy to work & money (15 answers total)
I'm a web designer.
In June 2004 I was approached by an advertising company. They're mid-sized and only do non-online stuff (mostly print). One of their clients wanted their absolutely dreadful web site redeisgned and the ad co. wanted to meet with me to discuss the possibility of working together. I would consult on web-stuff (designing for it as opposed to paper, etc) and then code the site once they'd designed it. I met with them for about 2-3 hours to see if we'd get along and I gave them a lot of information and a lot of ideas for what do with a web site for a client in that industry. They were pumped about working together. I gave them a ballpark figure for my future services and they then pitched the client and told me that that budget was approved no problem. They wanted the site live by mid-August and were going to start the redesigning.
Over the next week or so, I sent them some emails with suggestions and a couple flowcharts for site structure, etc. Then, their responses stopped cold. No word, no nothing. I tried to contact them a few times in the next month and never once did one of the two people I met with get back to me.
We had no contract so whatever, I'm not mad about not making the $ (though telling me it was off would have been nice). Anyway, I've been to their client's site and it (6 mos later) still has not been redesigned.
My question is: would it be unethical, illegal, or stupid of me to just approach the end-client and say, "Your web site needs to be redesigned. Here's my proposal..." and pitch them on my own without mentioning the ad agency?
Note: I DEFINITELY would not even know of the end-client (it's not a manufacturer I'm familiar with) without the ad agency telling me of them. However, had I ever stumbled on their site in its current incarnation of my own accord, they'd be ripe for a pitch.
How would you approach this situation?