Considerations before you hire
So, why would anyone pay someone to design and set up their website?
It is about expertise and your time. If you do not have time to learn the “do-it-yourself” programs to build, troubleshoot and maintain your own website, it is worth hiring someone. It is like hiring a temporary employee to manage that part of your business without the complication of actually adding another employee to your staff.
If you do have time to learn, review the complimentary information below to be sure you get all of your ducks-in-a-row before starting.
Websites have many pieces.
Assess your needs.
I like to start with a Skype or live interview to discover what I need to know about my client’s business and expectations for the website. Much of my list of questions comes from the excellent free digital book by Dee Teal, The Web Princess. You can download it too.
Be prepared to discuss these questions:
If you hire – save.
Ways to speed up the process and reduce your bill by reducing the hours your front-end designer works.
Even a simple website from scratch can take as much as 6 months to develop before launch. These steps can speed up the process:
What else do you need?
This is the time to assess other needs your designer can help with.
If your brand is managed properly, your message will be focused and consistent. Take the advice of a designer: make sure everything matches.
After these steps is the time to contact your front-end designer. Your designer will go through a very thorough interview with you about what you need and then submit a bid for the job. You may wish to contact several designers for bids.
This is the space where I should be selling you something . . .
But, I have nothing to sell. This site is designed for my current clients. I now take new clients by referral only. About my business. »