Website has become a must have thing to remain competitive & establish credibility as a business in today’s world where people in most go for internet to market. But building a website is of course a matter of some concern, especially when you’re not a skilled one.
You must be thinking of hiring a freelance web designer, yet there are some question marks wondering over your head!
Where to find a quality freelance designer?
How to choose the perfect one? How to communicate well?
How much he can charge?
How to get the project done with satisfaction?
First, I must say, make an offline search, ask your friends, colleagues whether they can suggest you a fine web designer, if it works, then well & good, get in touch with the one as soon as possible. But if it doesn’t, you must have thought of online searching. Millions of web designers over there when you search in any job portal, finding & hiring the right freelancer to build your website would definitely be a hard task. Lil tensed? Feel like, drop the idea? Don’t do. It’ll be easier cause we are gonna do it together.
I’ll be going on step by step to help you to find out the quality one for your project:
1. Platforms to find freelancers
The very first step to take: create account & connect yourself to various freelance marketplaces. Yeah, job searching portals. There both free & paid job portals are available. Better to have accounts on paid job portals, they will take a commission of 5% to 15% during the transaction of the whole amount whenever you hire a freelancer for a project. Indeed this is an extra cost to pay, but at least secure & hustle free whereas free portals comes with lots of troubles, no security, no managing tools, nothing! So don’t make your hiring experience a horror one! Paid job portals help you to find quality freelancers, provides project management systems, accountability, secure payment method & overall your inner peace.
Some of the best platforms to find freelance web designers:
2. Shortlist exactly whom you want
Whenever you post your job to the job boards, there you see 20 to 50 or even 100 proposals are in within a sort of time, each of them demanding perfection for your requirements. It’ll be so confusing, how to make your perfect shortlist among them?
Your project needs to get done professionally, right? so you must have proper understanding of exactly what your project needs, of what you’re trying to reflect through your website. In fact I would suggest before you post the job, make a brief sketch of your plan, what you want. Only then you can have a keen examination of the candidates. Moreover make some good research using the modern tools & technologies, like on their experience, past ratings, reviews, workability, skills, job success, analyze every aspect very sharply, after that shortlist 4 to 5 of them who you think can suit your expectations. Honestly, these tools are rescuers with amazing filterize system.
When you’re done shortlisting, to experience who better fits you, give them a short test project to work on, visualize whom you want. In fact it extends your chances to build a long term relationship with the selected web designer for continuing work with your future projects.
3. Take time to communicate well
Now the crucial part comes here: Communication, vivid communication. When you’re going online in search for a freelancer to create your brand identity, there can not be any possible physical interaction between both of you, good communication is the only way to interact, whether it’s about clarifying your project essentials or identifying his or her abilities, everything needs a proper discussion.
My Bitter Experience
Right from my experience I’m saying it, Communication is the base. I myself faced the annoyance when I first time outsourced a freelancer. I didn’t bother too much to communicate well. He had a fetching portfolio & required skills, so I told him what I want & assigned him for the project. But at last I ended up firing him, damn! The result was not even 1% similar as I expected & the big reason was- I didn’t invest enough time to judge his capabilities, I expected him to be an expert & the work simply went to the south!
Before allocating the selected freelancer to assign the project, make at least 2 to 3 days conversation. Understand his skills, ask him:
Does he have done similar kind of project earlier?
On which type of project he is working now in the present?
How he can benefit you?
What creativity he can add up?
From when he can start your project?
Which time he would prefer to have conversations?
How much time he needs to complete it?
Each & every detail you need to note about him if you want your website to come out exactly how you imagined it to be, healthy communication is a must!
4. How Much to pay
When you finally decide to hire that specific freelance web designer, obviously payment is something you need to think before: how much you should pay him for your project?
The cost estimation depends on whether your project is small or a large one, in both you must have an idea of how much it can cost according to the market values. If you haven’t, then do some research like generally a designer how much charges for a banner design or logo design or for the entire website building. Then set your own flexible budget or else you can also ask the designer to convey his charge.
You can manage to pay either on an hourly rate or a fixed price by the project. Paying by the hour is more preferable to me just as many experienced designers do.
Mind it, how your finished project would look like is very much dependent on your budget. If you’re looking for bargain hunters you can’t expect perfection or quality. If you price it too low, experienced talented web designers would skip your job proposal, you’ll puzzle amongst lots of unqualified candidates, ultimately would end up firing the deal.
The right budget can make your way longer along with an experienced designer. So it’s way more important whom you’re paying.
Once you are done with all the above mentioned steps, you can jump into the nitty gritty. You need to stay well connected during the working period also. Even if he completed your project as you want, yet you are not done. Remember it’s your duty to make sure that there is no error. Make an accurate scrutiny, cross check everything, whether it’s outlook or coding problem fixing, any changes needed to make, ask him to do until or unless you’re fully satisfied with the final outcome.
Alright! I know, yet too much hurly-burly to find out the right guy. To reduce your trouble, here I must inform you, I have been freelancing since last 16 years & you can check my website, analyse my proficiency to hire me. I’d be glad to serve you.
Contact anytime you want or fix a meeting, we can discuss your project with a cup of coffee.