What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes. I not only read all the newsletters I receive about the latest web technology, but I take refresher courses at the college.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
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.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Custom website graphic design, custom web programming (such as Content Management Systems and E-Commerce), Hosting, and management/upkeep of websites.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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).
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
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.