How To Find A Good Freelance Web Designer

When You Don't Want To Build Your Own Website

There are many DIY website builders out there, but when you don’t have the time, talent, or energy to design it yourself, you need a professional website designer. How do you know who’s right for you and your business?

Fortunately, if you’ve done your homework, the task isn’t all that difficult. Here are some guidelines to follow to select the best designer for your project.

Look At The Designer's Portfolio

The first thing to do is research. Look online and see what other designers are offering. The best company will offer a selection of their designs that you can browse. A good company will have multiple links from live sites so you get an idea of what they are offering.

When you look at the links, you need to know what you’re going to be paying. You can check quotes online or get quotes from designers on paper. Some designers will give you a discount when you pay before you build, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, you should definitely start with a quote.

If you like a designer, don’t be afraid to check their portfolio. You need to know what you’re getting and if they can do what you want.

The Design Contract

Another thing to look at is the attention to detail in the contract. A good company will have a written design contract from the get-go. It should spell out everything you’re paying for and give details about their design process. The design contract should also have milestones, and expected deliverables because if the timeline isn’t met, all bets are off.

When it comes to revisions, the design contract should be very clear about what you expect and how often it can be done. If they’ve provided the design and you disagree with it, are there provisions in the agreement to work it out? Be sure the number of revisions are outlined clearly so you don’t waste a revision and then get “out of scope” on the project.

In Website Design, You Get What Your Pay For

When it comes to the payment amount, many designers offer a discounted hourly rate, but this doesn’t insure you get the experience you need. The best type of agreement is for a set price per the entire project. Keep it simple and don’t get confused with hidden charges or anything that can get your money wasted Be sure your agreement has an itemized list of what’s included.

Other factors to consider: Is there training on the updating and care of your new website? Will they be there to help when you have trouble?

Bottom Line...Do You Connect Well?

A good freelance web designer is one that listens to your needs and does whatever it takes to get your job done on time and within your budget.

Building a strong working relationship with your designer is the best way to avoid problems and get the website your business needs.