Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. When looking for a designer, do your research and shop around. Have a clear vision of what you want. As a designer, I enjoy helping clients achieve their vision; I can't do that if the client does not express their vision adequately.
Another piece of advice for those looking for a new designer is to have realistic expectations. I can not duplicate a multimillion dollar corporation's website for you in 4 days, on a $900 budget. I CAN, however, provide you with a divine design, according to your budget, in a reasonable time frame.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. If I were a customer, I would be happy to know that my designer can offer me a range of options based on my needs and my budget. Too often web design services have a "one size fits all package", which may or may not meet the client's needs. I try to customize my packages to fit each client individually, so that they do not have to pay for functionality or services that they may not need.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Consumers should ask for a customized package, based on their specific needs. For example, if a consumer needs a website that requires frequent updates, they should be certain to ask their designer to create their website in a manner so that they can update the site themselves. Although this type of design is initially more costly than the traditional website, this can help to avoid costly maintenance fees in the long run.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Clients should try to formulate a realistic vision for their design before seeking me out. Although I do appreciate having creative license to design according to what I think the client's needs are, I do like to obtain some input from the client.