With years of experience, I’ve worked with all sorts of clients. I’ve worked with everything from literal mom and pop bakers to professional trade associations and e-commerce sites. I’ve learned what it takes to make a project successful and what it takes for a project to go off the rails.
If you are a small business or a start-up, I’m happy to work with you on your project, but I do not work for free. Yes, sadly, that is something that needs to be said. Sigh. What does it cost? Honesty, it depends. However, it is not cheap. The more work including social media, copywriting, etc that I need to do increases the price. However, compared to a full-service agency, I’m very affordable.
If you are a product led business please do think about getting professional images produced. I’ve seen otherwise gorgeous websites rendered mediocre by poor quality pictures. This is especially true for restaurants and other food establishments. I can not reiterate enough how much value is in having a professional food photographer shoot your products. If you are doing an eCommerce site, good images are triply important.
E-commmerce is easy to do. However, e-commerce is insanely hard to do right. The worst examples of projects that were nightmares involve “simple” sites where someone wants to sell things.
That being said, I usually do an initial build and load of 10 products and train you to load and maintain your store. This significantly reduces your costs of building a site and prepares you to not rely on a designer to maintain your site.
I am a strong believer in building a site that is easy enough for the customer to maintain. Of course, you don’t have to do any work at all but that can potentially cause a significant increase in cost. However, if you aren’t interested in that I do offer fully managed eCommerce.
I am happy to take your existing assets such as photos, marketing copy, and functionality of your site and adapt those to a new site but I prefer not to work on existing sites. The reason is every designer is different and I have no way of verifying and vouching for the quality of a build done by someone else. There are also potential licensing issues involved as well.
My payment terms are 50% upfront and 50% on delivery for services provided. Our payment terms are non-negotiable. Really. All consultancy fees are invoiced and received in advance with no exceptions. All payments to us are to be made by Zelle or PayPal, whichever is the more convenient.
Please read our terms and conditions of business for an in-depth understanding of how we do business. Things that we prefer you do not bring to the table;
If you have a Vision We will work together to turn it into reality
Good Things To Possess
experience has taught me that a client that has certain Things Make projects more successful
A sense of humor is a very handy thing to have. While I do take my business deadly serious, I do it with a rye sense of whit
An acceptance that I am the web deign professional and I am the project manager
Being available throughout the project timeline to answer my questions
A desire to be better than anyone else in your niche
Sense of Urgency
You are ready to build a site and you want it now, not some randomish time in the future
Mutual trust between a designer and his client is important to their relationship as it is to marriage.
A "Buddy" or a "Friend's Kid"
Your friend is a web designer and he/she thinks that….if you are already friends/family with a designer, then you should use them. “Design by committee” is the leading cause of death among projects.
My kid designed this logo in Word – can you do something with it? No, no I can’t. If you need a logo, I am very happy to refer you to someone I’ve used in the past to get reliable and affordable web and print ready graphics.
wasting pounds saving pence
There is a reason you are hiring a professional web designer and not relying on a truly do-it-yourself job from Wix or letting your buddy from the bar that has a kid that did a cool design do it. Saving a buck here and there is nice short term but you do get what you pay for.
Pay For Services
You don’t work for free and give away your professional serivces, so please don’t ask me. I’m perfectly fine with the level of exposure I have.