LET'S BUILD YOU A WEBSITE.
It's almost impossible to be successful without a great web presence.
You already know you need a logo and business card and maybe you've tried to build yourself a website on one of the do-it-yourself platforms. There's nothing wrong with that at all but if:
looks like some language out of Star Trek then it might be a bit intimidating. Don't feel bad. Coding is another language and one you don't need to spend your precious time learning. I'll translate no problem!
If you're just starting out as a small business, entrepreneur, band, or if you've decided it's time to get a professional look and expand your online presence... it's scary to hire a designer. This is your baby and you don't want to trust it (and your money) to just anyone.
I solve problems for people like you and I'm here to help you get the things you need along the way.
DO I NEED A DESIGNER?
"Do I really need a customer designer? Am I ready for this? This isn't for me is it?"
Maybe. Maybe not.
You're ready to work with me if:
> You know it's time to take your business to the next level.
> You're tired of not having a business card to hand out. Or if you're not excited to hand out the card you have, you don't have the right business card.
> Do-it-yourself websites just aren't cutting it for you anymore. Spending 3x as much time in valuable hours as you would hiring someone from the start.
> You want a website and you want it done right the first time. Saving you both time and money.
> You want to work with a small business not some big design firm where you'll just feel like a meal ticket and not an actual person.
> You know you're investing in your future by investing in your brand and online presence. You plan on crushing this.
WHAT YOU'LL GET
Face-to-face or Skype Design Meeting
To get to know each other better and clarify your vision
Hosting and domain setup
I'll take care of the technical stuff for you once we pick a domain
Logo and branding
If you already have one we'll move on, if not, get ready to go pro
Custom web design
I'll build you a non-cookie-cutter site you can be proud of
The sites I build don't need a bunch of breakable plugins to work.
Your site should back up, and it will, without you having to tell it to.
Complete back end support
No worries about your site crashing or breaking on you.
Training & Support
I'll either sit down with you in person or schedule a couple Skype sessions to make sure you know how to use your new site
This is important
Your business is important. Your brand is important. This isn't just some hobby to you, this is your future. You're ticket to freedom and living the life you've always wanted.
Having a solid brand and website is absolutely crucial nowadays. I can't remember the last time I took a business seriously if they didn't have a website or at least a modern looking one. The beautiful thing is once you have both branding and your website in place they'll work for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. (I can even help you set up some automated campaigns making parts of your business run on autopilot!)
Are you ready?
I'm here to help you get from where you are now, to where you want to be.
HOW IT WORKS
When we start working together it'll look a little like this...
After you fill out the Hire Me! form you'll get a response from me pretty quickly. I'm on the computer a lot. I'll confirm the information, my availability, and I'll send over my intake packet with contract, forms and invoice.
We'll schedule either a face-to-face meetup or Skype session, whichever is most convenient, to start planning your awesome new website and branding package. You'll pick a desired start date (as soon as I'm available or reserve a later date). You'll fill out the project questionnaire and send over inspiration examples of like while I'll start my research and brainstorming.
I'll start building your website and branding immediately. No wireframes of photoshop mockups. You'll have a live-ish site (you and I can see it, the public can't) to review, not pictures. Soon I'll send over some logo sketches for you to review. When the mockups are complete, you'll review them and sign off (or make slight changes if they are needed).
Your website is coming to life, and it’s wonderful.
Coding and Review
Along with basic design principles I'll be custom coding your site to make it truly unique to you. During this process, you’ll approve different bits as we go. The more you are available, the faster your site will be complete!
When it's all said and done I'll package all of your files into an organized folder, send them over, and hand off the website to you. That's it. You're ready to start dominating the internet.
After delivery of your new site I'll send over some brief instructions and we'll either schedule a couple one-on-one or Skype training sessions. You'll know that it's totally OK to e-mail or call me with any questions about your new site and you'll know you won't be left abandoned.
Pretty painless right?
+ How long does it take?
A typical site and branding package usually takes between 2-4 weeks. It really just depends upon the project, how well prepared you are and how easy it is to contact you during the design process. Just send me a message and I can give you a better idea of my schedule!
+ What's a branding package?
A branding package is simply a cohesive and consistant "look" for a company or business. Logo, fonts and colors. Think Coca-Cola and their script logo... no matter what ad campaign their running at the time, from polar bears to happy people jumping around, that script logo with white and bright red stay constant.
+ How much will it cost?
Less than you would think and definitely worht the investment! For sure not as much as a big design firm's costs.
+ What will you use to build my website?
I work 100% with Squarespace Squarespace is quickly becoming the new Wordpress of building websites with the added features of a completely supported backend (that means no theme and plugin updates) and it's very easy for customers to learn how to use their new site. This means you can edit content, add pages/photos/videos easily on your own. I'm always available to help if you need it though!
+ What if I need something that's not listed above?
When you complete the HIRE ME form, be sure to mention the details in the questionnaire. We’ll discuss the extra functionality and I’ll provide a custom quote..
+ What are the hidden fees?
No hidden fees. There will be 2 other primary fees associated with a website. Domain name: Domain names run from $6-15 per year. You will need to renew this each year to keep it yours. Hosting: This is the server where your website lives and allows the internet to find and display your site. This costs from $16-120 per year. Squarespace requires you host your site through them but that's one of the key beneifits of using their service. They'll take care of you 100%
+ What about SEO?
All of my sites are built using SEO best practices.
+ Will my website be mobile-friendly?
It will be more than mobile friendly. Your site will be RESPONSIVE which means it will adapt to whatever device your customer is viewing it on. This looks WAY better to Google, and works way better, than having both a regular website and a mobile website.
Let's get started!
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