It's not too often that we feel compelled to post videos up or address common issues we've run into in our business on our OWN website. We've made an exception for this. As with most creative projects (remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, painting a car, home landscaping, graphic or web design, etc.) there are usually two common issues. One - there are a ton of people offering the same service (don't get this confused with them being of the same caliber). Two - the pricing varies from one service provider to another.
Many people think because company A offers a service at a particular rate that company B should also. This just isn't the case. This video should clear things up as to why.
The bottom line is, you get what you pay for. Chevy and Mercedes both make cars, but both vehicles are in two completely different categories. Make sense now?
So how do we solve this problem on who to pick? Here are some pointers.
- Look at their portfolio: You will know the quality of work you receive by looking at their past projects. The greater variety of design styles, the better the designer. This means the designer will likely provide a great idea that is unique to your project.
- Shop around: It doesn't hurt to get quotes and proposals for projects. Have a stack of them ready and do your research. Narrowed it down to the final three and then....
- Ask questions: What's your background? What are your strengths? What industries have you done work for? How accessible are you? Where is my website hosted? What does it cost for updates? A good and experienced service provider will have answered these questions before and should deliver an answer relatively quickly.
Once you've picked a service provider, make sure you have an outline of all of the services being provided. You can't go wrong with a check list. This allows everyone to know what has or has not been accomplished. When you receive an invoice, you'll know exactly where your money is going.