How to Hire a Freelance Web Designer
If you own a business chances are you have a website. If you’re like most business owners, you probably hired someone to build your website. You might have hired a “friend” who’s really your friend’s cousin’s friend who just does it on the side for extra cash. Maybe you googled web designers in your area and found a really expensive firm. Or you might have tried to build it yourself, wasn’t that fun? So now you need to update your site again. You can’t do it yourself. You want it done right, but you don’t know where to start. Here are a few tips to consider when you hire a freelance web designer.
5 Tips to Help You Hire a Freelance Web Designer
You should know what you need
If you don’t know what you’re looking for how can you find it? You should know your timeline, budget, project size, your website’s audience, and the design style you like. Making your decision will be a lot easier if you already know these things. Imagine you need your website built in 2 weeks and you hire someone who can only build it in 4 weeks. Now you’re stuck waiting on them, wondering where your website is. You might have a vision of how your website will look in your head. You didn’t know to look at their previous work and hired a web designer with a different style than you like. Not only will you hate the way it looks, you wont want to send customers to it. Know your needs first, then you’ll be ready to hire a freelance web designer.
Don’t hire the first person you meet
We’ve all done it, a friend refers them and they seem nice so we decide to move forward with the project only to end up regretting it in the end. Get multiple proposals from multiple web designers. Here’s a trick, let them know that you’re getting multiple bids and you’ll likely get their most competitive pricing.
Don’t hire someone who “does it on the side”
Just don’t do it, even if their full-time job is being a web designer for a company. An “on the side” web designer will not be available when you need them. Full-time freelance web designers will have a sense of urgency to get the job done quickly because paying their bills depends on it. They will also have a sense of ownership and quality because their livelihood depends on their reputation. So do yourself a favor and hire a freelance web designer who is as committed to their profession as you are to your business.
Look at the work they’ve done for others
This will be the best way to determine if they have the right style for you. Professionals will show samples of their work like this. You should like the work they have done for their previous clients. Don’t assume that because they have a large volume of work that they will be the best fit for you. If they consistently have built bad looking websites then they will continue to build bad looking websites and your’s will be the next one.
Don’t let price be the deciding factor
Your budget is important, it just shouldn’t be the deciding factor. You should be wary of the “scary low bid”. The web designer either doesn’t fully understand the project, or is underbidding it to get your commitment. They will come back later and ask for more money once you’ve already made the emotional, and often financial, commitment to them. Sales people call it the “low-ball“. It’s a technique sales people will often use to get you to commit to hire or work with them, then they will change the deal later.
Use these tips next time you hire a freelance web designer. You’ll save yourself headaches and money after the project has already started. Or you can save yourself the headache entirely and just hire me. To see if we would be a great fit just start the conversation.
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