Building a website is an exciting project in which you can create a bespoke 'shop window' for your business. You will be able to create a cohesive and strong brand, in which you can drive greater sales and awareness, growing exponentially. However, it isn't without its challenges, which is why it is important to have a good relationship with your web designer.
So how do you go about doing this?
It is important that you work with someone who you can communicate easily. You need to be able to explain exactly what you want, listen to their opinions, and feedback your thoughts with ease. You should also expect that, in return, the website designer will keep you in the loop at all times, letting you know the progress or if there are any unanticipated hiccups.
They will also keep you up-to-date about the budget and how this is panning out alongside the project. When briefing your web designer, it is important that they completely understand what you want before work commences. If there's anything you're unsure about in return, ask the questions. It is their job to guide you as the client.
2. Be realistic in your plans
No matter how much a web designer will want to deliver to the time scales you set, sometimes they aren't realistic. It is important that you set attainable goals, otherwise you'll just feel disappointed and as though your expectations haven't been met. As the expert, take the lead from what the web designer recommends. They will have worked on a number of similar projects in the past and can talk from experience. Make sure you add contingency time into the plan as there are often unforeseen events.
3. Be aware of budget limitations
Your web designer will quote you for the work needed and will work to this accordingly. Although there may be some flexibility in this, anything too extreme on top of this will lead to them losing money as a result. Asking for anything too unreasonable may start to cause your relationship to suffer - don't be surprised if additional work requires extra costs.
It isn't that you're being duped, but it is about being realistic about the cost and value of the work you're paying for and the fact that there are limits to how far a budget can be stretched. This also counts for revisions on a project - yes, there are always going to be edits needed, but too many revisions will be costly to the budget and will also cause delays.
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