When it comes to web design, my resume is long and impressive. I developed a passion for all things internet back in the mid 90's.That's when I bought my first home computer and embarked upon a long journey of ever-changing trends.
I built my first website in 1998 and have continued to learn, improve and grow with the changing times when it comes to website design.
My 10 years of employment at Go Daddy, the world's largest domain registrar and website hosting company, certainly aided in that education. I spent every day there talking to people just like you who were trying to attract consumers to their business and not really knowing exactly where to start when it comes to a website. I became their expert...their "go to" girl.
Now, I apply all of that knowledge and experience to my own business, but with a much more affordable price tag.
Working at Go Daddy showed me a few very important things.
We live in a time of instant gratification and if today's consumer wants something, they immediately grab their mobile device or computer to do a quick search by keyword. If your business isn't among those found, you just lost a customer without even knowing it. To add salt to that wound, your competitor, who does have a web presence, just earned your customer's business simply because he was found online.
That could be right, but it doesn't have to be.
It's true that if you don't have the time or technical prowess to build your own site, you can usually expect to pay north of $2,000-$5,000 for a web designer to do that work for you, but it doesn't have to be that way.
My idea is to charge a much lower rate for my time and talent, using do-it-yourself, drag-n-drop programs so that once it's done, you can take over and prevent the ongoing cost of having to always pay the designer to work on your site as time goes on.
You still have to pay for the normal things like your domain name (around $15-$20 per year) as well as the builder and its hosting (ranging from $100 to $400 per year), but my labor costs are much lower than what other designers charge to build sites using software you don't have or in programming language don't understand. Going that route you couldn't possibly take over and manage yourself afterward so you will forever be at the mercy of your designer. Oh and by the way, even if you paid those higher prices for the site build, you'd still have the ongoing annual costs for domain registration and hosting. Those are static and necessary charges to expect.
In a nutshell, since domain and hosting costs are the same in both instances, you need only compare my labor/design prices of $500-$750 to their labor/design costs of $2,000-$5,000 and I promise that you will get much better service and far more support from me.
(I know WordPress, but prefer not to use it unless you are very savvy. I've had customers in the past who were unable to take over afterward, so I stopped offering it.)