What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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.