Hiring a web designer is a huge step for your business, not to mention a significant financial investment. You know you need a website and to go at this on your own is exhausting and most often, overwhelming.
One of the biggest decisions you’ll make is improving your online presence, so let’s set you up for success with these 5 questions!
1. ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION FIRST: WHAT IS THE BIGGEST GOAL YOU HAVE FOR YOUR WEBSITE?
Are you trying to get your name out there, build your email list, sell products or book clients? Check out the web designer’s portfolio to get an idea of what kind of work they’ve done in the past. See if it aligns with what you’re envisioning. Even though every design is different, web designers, including myself, tend to work with a certain type of business owner or within a particular industry.
2. ASK THE DESIGNER WHAT THEIR TIMELINE + SCHEDULE LOOK LIKE RIGHT NOW.
Take some time and figure out your expected timeline to launch your site. Then, ask the designer if your website copy needs to already be written and photos taken or if you need to set aside time before the process begins to get all of that done. If you need a quick turnaround time, make sure to mention this to the designer right away on your consultation call. For larger projects, most designers will be booked out weeks in advance. Sometimes you will find they will have a starter website option for that quick turnaround or for a basic site to make your online presence.
3. FIND OUT THE DESIGNER’S PROCESS.
Every designer has a different process. Although most follow the same basic beginning, middle and end of a project, we go about it in different ways. Find out what kind of turnaround time they need from you.
4. ASK THE DESIGNER ABOUT THEIR POST-PROJECT PROCESS.
Does the designer have additional resources for things other than the site that they could point you to? This could be anything from marketing, social media management, social planning platforms, etc. With me, when your site is complete, you are the owner and can make edits and do what you want, however, I do have a maintenance and care package so you know your site is taken care of and updated.
5. ASK THE DESIGNER ABOUT THEIR PAYMENT STRUCTURE.
What does their payment schedule look like? Do you have to pay everything upfront, put down a deposit, or something entirely different? Will there be a potential for any hidden fees later? This could be an additional round of revisions outside of what the contract states, payment for stock photography or payment for custom fonts. Find out what their contract entails and discuss fees openly and right away so that there are no surprises down the road.
As a web designer, a main goal of mine is to not only create a site that you’ll love and that works for your business, but provide an enjoyable process. I strive to give you an experience that is above and beyond. We work together throughout the process.