If you’ve been following along (here is part two if you missed it) then you’ve got a firm idea of what you want your website to be, and you are ahead of the game! Now, it’s time to find that special web designer or developer to make your dream a reality.
Where should I look?
I’m sure you’ve either thought, or asked, this question a handful of times while brainstorming your site. I’m also willing to bet that most answers are, “Just look online.” For a simple solution, it’s a complex situation because that’s a vast amount of space to cover to find a person, or a company, to handle this task for you.
Here are our suggestions to get you looking in the right place.
- A Google Search can be your best friend
- With search engine results being an important part of any companies marketing goals, there is no better proof in their capabilities than to find which studios or freelancers are popping up on the first page of your preferred search engine.
- If they have a website they are instantly providing proof of their skillset.
- If you are looking for a more permanent employee, consider posting a hiring ad on a respectable website. Sites such as Indeed, CareerBuilder and especially LinkedIn are good places to start.
- Avoid Craigslist. This may be a personal bias, but my experiences with having been hired through Craigslist and having hired through Craigslist have been some of the most undesirable experiences of my professional life.
- Freelancer websites such as Freelancer.com, Upwork.com, Guru.com, etc. If you are looking for a small project that could quickly be handled, you may find this to be a great resource. Many of these sites work off a bidding system, and it’s possible to get quality work and save yourself some money.
How do I make sure they are the right fit?
Let’s assume you’ve gathered a pool of potential web designers for your project. Each one promises they have the tools to make your idea into reality. So, how do you decide which one is right?
Have your budget in mind
To start, make sure you have your budget in mind. There will be no quicker way to weed out professionals than to have what you are willing to pay firmly in mind. An experienced developer will be able to take your site ideas and compare it against the budget you’ve provided and know whether or not it is feasible for them to take on your project.
Ask for them to provide examples
With the list we’ve established through our previous blogs you should be equipped with a firm idea of what you want your website to look like and do. Provide them with that list and ask that they offer up a few examples of their work where they made something similar.
Additionally, it would be beneficial for you to ask them how long it took them to complete each project.
Don’t be afraid to ask for references
Just like any normal hire, it is important to ask for references. It shouldn’t be uncommon for a freelancer to be asked to provide a reference or two to help solidify their reputation. There is nothing more frustrating than hiring someone and finding out halfway through a project that they will drop off the face of the earth.
I found them!
With that ideal candidate in mind it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. Come back in two weeks to learn how to solidify your working agreement with your designer or developer. We’ll be talking about contracts, deadlines and more.