I emailed this local company asking if I could help them build an app for free. I was excited to hear that they wanted to meet, but after responding three times (waiting about a week in between each), it seems they are not replying anymore, contrary to their first email.
My question is, should I continue to persue this? Is this amount of time indicative that the company just didn't have enough time to read and respond to the email? Or are they no longer interested, but are just holding off on telling me? What does this mean in the business world?
- Hello I am local app developer, for free, look at my previous work, if you respond we can work things out
7 days later
- [local company's response] Hi, I would be interested in sitting down and hearing a little more info, what would be a good time for you?
3 days later
- Great! How about we meet 6 days later?
6 days later
- Sorry you didn't see my previous email in time. I am flexible. Next weekend?
10 days later
- Maybe you can decide the date that we meet? I can make anything work. [reiterate why you should get me to build an app]
5 days later
I'm thinking about replying a week later leaving my phone number.
EDIT FOR MORE INFORMATION:
This is a local business that runs a trampoline warehouse, with mostly kids and young adults. I probably did bug them too much, and I regret being so eager. They were the first guys I ever emailed and I was so so so surprised that they responded.
In terms of pitching, I'm trying my best to avoid the argument "because everyone has an app" and I'm going for the practicality angle. I want to implement Android Pay, online waivers, push notifications. In the end, a lot of it is for image. Maybe that's not the best plan, heck they already have a responsive web design.
The reason I wanted to work for free is that they probably cannot trust me yet, I've shown them my past work and it is not overly professional (I'll keep working at it). On top of that, they don't seem to be hurting without it. In fact, me building an app benefits ME more than THEM, because I want the reputation as well as something for applications. If I charged a fee, I'm not sure I would get an offer at all. Plus, it might seem presumptuous for me to make the demand first. I'm not hurting in terms of money, though, this is more like a side thing.
Are they a dream client? In terms of reputation it would look good. I thought maybe I could help build free apps for local churches, because I'm not in the powerful position of asking for pay. At least, not for my first project.
I appreciate all of your answers! This is a big first step for me and I'm trying to be careful!
Also should clarify: when I say local, I mean I live in a small city. Technically, however, I believe it is part of a larger chain that opens stores by different names. They charge like $15 tickets and I'm under the impression that their party package sales are slowing down; it's probably functioning on unicorn hype. I do not believe that a small side app will increase ROI (even if the I is very small. Admittedly, it's probably not a priority for them. Their business (I would guess) would do well with community advertising.
My current motives: if any company takes up my offer and uses my app, I've already won. I know you think I am setting the bar low, but I would just like the experience, the "freelancing" reputation, and a little civic pride.