Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Custom website graphic design, custom web programming (such as Content Management Systems and E-Commerce), Hosting, and management/upkeep of websites.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
Business Cards, Tri-fold Brochures, and Website for MyDailyFruit.com. (website still under construction)
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Make sure to compare apples to apples. Our work is "custom" so you get what you want, not what a designer wants.
Make sure the designer does not use pre-made templates if you are paying for a custom design.
Make sure your website developer is familiar with the ever changing languages (html, css, programming, etc).
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Many website "developers" use pre-made templates or online do-it-yourself programs that have bad code and are behind the times. You are getting a low budget site. You may not know the difference but the search engines do, other web developers do when they view your source code, and you deserve better.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Do you outsource? Many website development companies outsource their projects to India or China. Not only does this send your money overseas, but your developer is getting paid for being the middle man. A big disadvantage is your developer probably will have to send it back overseas if you need changes made.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. What do you want your website to do? Is it just an advertisement so that potential clients can view your work, or are you going to be selling products/service on the website?
Also, when does the website need to be "live?" A well built website will take from 2 weeks to many months. Search engines need months to find and index a new website, so keep that in mind as well.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. We do NOT outsource.
We are all American.
We love what we do.
We put out only quality work.
We don't stop until you are happy with our work.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Everything! I love graphic design, programming, and dealing with people. I have the perfect job.
When I start with a blank screen and develop a product that my client and I are proud of, I feel a sense of accomplishment that makes me proud.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. The most common question of course, is "How much does a website cost?"
First off I highly recommend clients have a "hi" and "low" idea of what they are willing to spend. Since website development varies greatly in graphic design and usability, prices can vary from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I wish customers knew me. If a customer knows me they know that I am very dedicated to getting the job done correctly and as quickly as possible. Not only does my reputation rely on customers being happy with me, but I personally have a need to do everything I can to make a customer happy.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I was interested in having a website for a business I had years ago. A friend of mine was into web development and he started working with me on a website for our business. I was hooked! That was in 1999.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Yes. I not only read all the newsletters I receive about the latest web technology, but I take refresher courses at the college.