Anyone who has tried to find an affordable web designer knows it’s a challenging task. Professional web designers with a lot of experience can charge thousands upon thousands of dollars for a few pages whereas cheaper web designers without a lot of experience can charge a low rate but often fail to meet all of your unique needs.
It’s tricky to find the right balance between price and quality. Plus, searching through portfolios and interviewing people is time-consuming. If you choose the wrong person, you’ve invested time and money into a project that won’t be completed.
So where can you find affordable web designers that will create a website that works for you?
Step 1: Start with the Basics
Your first step to finding affordable web designers is starting with the basics. Before you do any searching, carefully prepare and outline the project.
This involves creating a map of the website — what pages you’ll need, how the menus will look, and of course, any inspiration in the form of screenshots or URLs you may have in terms of what you like (and don’t like) in a website.
Next, create a list of trusted job portals that will help you find and manage your web designer. This may include the following well-known freelancing websites:
- Affordable Blogging
- We Work Remotely
- Smashing Jobs
The options listed above are great, but it’s all about what works for you personally. You’ll want to choose the website that you have the best user experience on, however, make sure to look for the following:
- A varied selection of qualified freelancers
- A rated system that gives you feedback from their previous clients
- A payment management system that lets you manage invoices properly
- A team of customer service representatives to help you handle issues
In addition, look for any sort of testing/certifications on the website. Some freelancing websites allow freelancers to take tests that grade their skills, in order to give you peace of mind knowing they have the expertise necessary to complete your project.
Step 2: Know the Qualities of a Good Web Designer
The web designer you choose should be able to translate what you have in your mind into a tangible website that meets all of your goals. They’ll talk with you to understand your vision before designing the entire website layout for you.
They should also be able to create any images and/or graphics you’ll need on your website. Now let’s take a look at the qualities of a good website designer:
- Industry Experience: They should have experience designing websites for clients in your industry. Ask if you can speak to some of their previous clients to see if they were satisfied with their work.
- A Reasonable Contract: They should have a reasonable contract that outlines any relevant terms and conditions, as well as the pricing and timeline you’ve agreed to. A contract is especially important when dealing with your intellectual property.
- Comprehensive Knowledge: They should know what they’re talking about in terms of web design techniques and/or strategy. Ultimately, they should have no problem speaking about which methods will improve your website and which methods won’t.
- A Clear Development Process: They should have a well-defined development process that shows you exactly what steps they’ll take to complete the process. They should also give you an estimate in terms of how long it’ll take.
While you’re going through a list of freelancers, keep these qualities in mind to find the right person for your budget.
What About Hiring an Affordable Web Designer Locally?
Freelance websites are a great option, but more often than not, you’ll find someone who isn’t local to you. If you prefer being able to meet face-to-face with the web designer you choose, it might be good for you to look locally before you look for someone remotely.
Hiring a local person gives you the ability to communicate better and work closer together. Here are a few tips to help you find the right person nearby:
- Ask Around: Talk to people you do business with on a regular basis and see if they have recommendations for you.
- Visit Your Chamber of Commerce: Your local chamber of commerce can likely recommend a professional or agency to help you out.
- Go to Meetups: Look for a meetup where business owners will be gathering and ask for advice/recommendations while you network.
- Do a Google Search: If you’re looking to leverage online resources to find someone locally, do a quick search of “web designers in [your town] and call a few.
Finding a great web designer doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, it’s quite affordable, especially if you’re willing to work with someone who doesn’t have the experience of working with big businesses but still has the knowledge and expertise to do a great job.