Reasons not to work with us

Reasons not to work with us

Reasons not to work with us!

We totally love what we do, and we’ve worked with some incredible people over the years that we have been in business, and that’s over twenty. BUT everyone is not suited to working with us. And that’s OK. Employing someone to design your site is a crucial decision and, on many occasions, a significant investment.

Outlined below, I wanted to outline a few reasons we think you shouldn’t work with us.

Reasons not to work with us

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You can’t afford it.

Design prices can vary hugely. The average website can cost anything from a few hundred pounds to £5,000+. Our web design prices typically range from £1,000 – £4997. This can be off-putting to many business owners. We understand that. Our websites can be a large investment, but they’re totally that, an investment.

The main reason we charge what we do is based on the time it takes and the effort that’s involved. We create a design idea tailored around your companies goals, whether that’s an increased company profile or selling your products online. We have to understand your business thoroughly to be able to build a useful website.

Many business owners don’t want that. They just want an online advertising presence. If that’s what you want, fine, we’re probably not the right agency for you.

We want to deliver you a healthy ROI. 

You don’t want to do any work.

To able to create the best website, we will need some help from you. If you were hoping that we’ll do all the work and that you won’t have to do anything, then things are going to be tough.

Before we begin, we’ll have a meeting, usually via telephone, Teams or Zoom. We’ll spend time talking about your business and finding out more about your goals. We’ll need to ask you some questions to try and understand before we move forward.

 We like to understand your audience, the benefits of your services and why someone would choose you. 

You want a website quick.

If you’re looking for a quick and cheap job, then we are not for you.

Our websites take 6 weeks on average to complete and for good reasons. Your website arguably the most essential tool in growing your business online.

Read Below; I’ve detailed why it takes longer than you might think.


To create a website that’s right for you, we can spend a certain amount of time researching you and your market. Along with doing our research, we’ll be gathering information from you via our initial call and. We’ll also correspond via email if we need more clarification.


After we have enough information, we can start scoping out your website. 


Once we are all happy with the plan, we then move onto the design. This is where we pull it all together. Then the research and planning come together to create a mockup of your new site. We will design you a homepage layout in photoshop that shows you how the site will look before building it. 


When you are happy with the mockup, we can get to work designing your new site. This includes all the techy stuff like; coding your website, adding plugins, creating search engine friendly URLs etc. etc.

With this in mind, the whole process can take 2-3 months and believe it or not, we see that as a fantastic thing. I think we’d be doing you a disservice if we could get it up quickly, which is not our way

You don’t have time to provide us with any information

We totally understand you’re busy and you have a business to run. You will need to put aside some time if you choose to hire us to build your site. If you can’t find any time, we might not be the right fit.

Below is the idea of how much time you will need to set aside.

  • Initial chat – 1hr
  • Reviewing the mockup and giving feedback – 1hr
  • Emails conversations and phone calls – 1hr
  • Creating content* – 5 hrs
  • Sending us images and text – 1hr

Let’s face it, you understand your business and market more than us, so you are the expert.

Obviously will research, plan, design and build your website. However, but for it to work effectively, we totally need your assistance. The more information we have, the more complete the project will be.

You want a Yes Man

Some people know exactly what they want things to look like. They’ll have the exact design mapped out in their heads. The colours, the layout, the font…everything. They just need a coder to do it for them. We are not that kind of design agency.

Unless you’re a web marketing specialist with many years of experience, your ideas will likely need some work. It’s OK to have a rough idea of how you want it to look; however, you need to trust that Caged Fish know what we’re doing. That’s why you’re hiring us.

We have many years of experience building high performing websites that look visually pleasing, attract visitors and work well on search engines, as they say, “no brainer”.

We view our relationship as a partnership, where we invest ourselves in you. Sometimes, that could mean we come up with some new ideas or make suggestions. And, if I’m being honest, We’d struggle to keep our mouths shut if I thought something wouldn’t work. It’s in my nature.

You want to kick back and let the cash roll in

Build it, and they will come, right? Never happens.

It would be brilliant if you could just pay an agency to build you a website, and then you kick back and let the money roll in. Unfortunately, this is never the case. If this sounds like you, then you may have to return to the drawing board.

Once your website is live, it will need some work from you to promote it, or you could always pay someone to do it. Either way, you need a plan of action in place to attract visitors to your website, such as;

  • A Content marketing strategy
  • Facebook advertising campaign
  • SEO strategy
  • Google AdWords campaign
  • Email marketing strategy

If you do understand that marketing is essential and you’re prepared to do the work

You want to be the next Facebook.

Unfortunately, we’re just not Zuckerberg; making the next Facebook, Google or Amazon will be challenging. If you wanted the next big social media thing, you would need a team of coders and developers available 24/7. Just keep the site going. It’s just not our thing.


So there it is. The main reasons you shouldn’t work with us.

We pride ourselves on being upfront. 

 We would hate for you to hire us for the wrong reasons.

If you’re still here, then great! We’d love to hear from you.