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Everyone knows that, in order to have a truly successful business these days, you need to have a website. Typically, as your business is just getting started, most entrepreneurs will design their own website through a web hosting program online, many of which provide services at an inexpensive monthly cost, usually between free and $50, depending on the quality.
For example, for the photography business I started this year, I designed a website with Microsoft Office Live, through their basic free program. The site templates are practically all the same, but have different colors and navigation bar locations to choose from. I don’t have to know any of the website programing lingo or anything, I just select from a pull down menu. Pretty basic, but it accomplishes what I need at this time.
However, once my business takes off and begins to grow, I plan to have my website designed by a professional so that it can have all the bells and whistles that I really want my clientèle to have access to. And this is typical. As small businesses continue to grow, the demand for web designers increases. But beware, there are many out there that are simply trying to pull the wool over your eyes and make a quick buck, with no regard for you or your business. In fact, the Council of Better Business Bureaus reported 1,971 complaints against web designers or web design companies in 2006, up from just 603 in 2003.
MOST IMPORTANT – Insist that you register the domain name yourself!
EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT – Put it in writing!
Rate of Pay
Updates and Maintenance
As with every part of you business, just make sure that you’re protected. Extra precautions are never considered over the top and most people will understand your need to take them. If the web designer you’re looking to hire is annoyed by your protective measures, then he’s probably not the right one for you.
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By Michelle Cramer
Friday, February 22nd, 2013 @ 12:00 AM CDT
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