One: Getting A Custom Website Created
One way to get a website created is to hire a graphic/web designer to create a custom website for you from scratch. The challenge here is finding the right designer that won’t break your piggy bank and a designer who understands how to create a website that helps you generate new and more business. If you find this designer, it won’t come cheap, and there is no guarantee you’ll like the final design.
Also, expect to pay half the agreed upon fee upfront and the remainder at the conclusion of the project.
You’ll also need a programmer/developer to execute the agreed upon design. Sometimes the designer will outsource the programming and manage the programmer, but you might have to do this yourself. Again here, expect to pay half the fee up front with the remainder due at the conclusion of the project. Also, keep in mind that working with a programmer can be difficult since they speak in terms of code and sometimes it’s hard to understand what they are communicating. You’ll also need to test the programming to make sure it’s working properly and communicate your findings back to the programmer.
Once the site is completed, you’ll need to purchase a domain name and select and sign-up for monthly web hosting. Once you have a host, you’ll need to upload the site to their server and test the site to make sure it’s working properly.
You’ll also need to hire someone to keep your site up-to-date and to make changes and additions to the site, or you could do it yourself to save a little money.
Here are the estimated expenses you may incur:
- Estimated Upfront Cost: $4,000 to $20,000 (this does not include the cost of your time to manage the project)
- Estimated Monthly Cost: $150 to $800
- Estimated Time Needed From You Monthly: 5 to 15 hours
- Hidden Cost: An ineffective website that doesn’t drive business or doesn’t reflect your business in the best light could cost you tens of thousands