Archive | February 2012

My programmer is TERRIBLE, and I LOVE it.

I am not the type to purposely bash people. But as a business entrepreneur lacking in web developing skills, I often times become frustrated with freelance programmers.

I appreciate some as they are invaluable pieces to the development of Fresh Seams, but often times I become extremely impatient with programmers who inadvertently waste precious time. I appreciate the excitement and determination, but as a message to all freelance programmers.

If you are NOT experience in the project, please DO NOT. I REPEAT. DO NOT take on the project.

I have a few projects that I would like completed, but the programmers I have hired (showing great reviews) have yet to complete much of anything. “It’s really difficult,” “I can’t seem the integrate to the original site,” and “The programming is going to take more time than I first thought” are some of the excuses that I receive. Most of these excuses come after several weeks past due. Many programmers go vacant and refuse to respond to my messages.

But maybe it’s me. Maybe I could do a better job of relaying what I would like built. (I thought I was doing that) You would think pretty designed word documents, equipped with beautiful real time screenshots and details would be enough. But it just stimulates more questions, as if they never received the document. Maybe I should do a better job of catering to the needs of the programmer. Or maybe they should do a better job of catering to me?

So Shawn, how can you love this chaos? Because, if I am having this issues then many more people are, too. Seeing that find freelance programmers are similar to finding freelance fashion designers, I can use this terrible experience to create the best CUSTOM CLOTHING DESIGN PLATFORM.

Coming soon (we hope)

We are looking for programmers to join our team.

“Through error, innovation exists.” -Shawn Oates


Hi I’m Shawn and my water just broke.

I just birthed a business.

As I look over the website, it feels as if its my own child growing up, who one day will attend an ivy league college. I hope when this day comes, I can say to my “child,” I trust you to make great decisions. I trust you to stay away from boys or girls (don’t really know the sex of my business). Stay away from those who only have the intention of mistreating you and spend most of your time studying, growing, and developing so you can be the best business ever. I think my most important advice would be one word: “listen”

Listen to your companions that you trust. Listen to your customers. They will never steer you wrong. But before I get ahead of myself, I quickly take my child from the hospital and we head home. Although home may have a scary undertone, I’m excited to be home. Just me and my child. Listening the heartbeat and the inhales and exhales creates different indescribable emotions. Instead of analyzing them, I just listen…

Yes, listen