Did you post on craigslist looking for a quality web designer? Were you overrun with calls from developers speaking poor English, working out of basements, or with zero experience? Do you want to know why the quality designers avoided your post?
I’m a quality web designer and I offer a great service at an affordable price. When I scan posts on craigslist looking for leads, here are some things I avoid:
– “My budget is very small, but if you do good work there will be more work to come.” I think people have good intentions when they write this, but more often that not it’s not true.
– “Here is a five page summary of my project…” Once we’ve established that you have a project, there’s no substitute for a phone call or an in person meeting. Not only can I offer fresh perspective on how to achieve your goals, but I can get a better idea of what you really need.
– “I need top-quality work, cutting edge programming, and specialty graphics, but I don’t have much money.” Like any other business, these things cost money. If you don’t have the budget, you should be asking for alternative suggestions from your designer.
– “Most of you web designers are a joke, and I could do your job myself.” This is pretty self-explanatory. Why would I want to work for this person, and why are they posting in the first place?
– “This would be a great job for someone looking to build their portfolio!” Your web site is one of the few outlets you will use to present your company to the public and you get what you pay for. I don’t advise you cut corners on business cards, television commercials, or your web site. Just my opinion.