Where should I host my site?
I typically recommend hosting in a fast, reliable environment, such as a private hosting environment. This saves time with maintenance and troubleshooting, and allows you to not have to worry about your site being down, or any technical issues that may arise with your hosting platform.
How long will it take to design my site?
Of course it depends. A typical site can take anywhere from 4-7 weeks most of the time. If you have content already available this speeds up the process quite a bit. I try to get my first drafts to my clients within a few weeks of starting the project.
I don’t live in Madison, or Wisconsin for that matter, can we still work together?
Absolutely. I’ve worked with many clients who were hundreds of miles away, both over telephone and email, and it really does work quite well. I love to work with Madison based companies because it’s where I’m based, but I don’t limit myself to just that. I currently work with companies in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan, but I am totally open to working with clients based anywhere in the U.S.
How often do we meet?
This depends on you. Most of the time I can work over email and phone and I’m very efficient at it. It’s often the quickest way to get feedback and have discussion back and forth. Sometimes a client likes to meet face to face as well, and I can understand that. I typically don’t meet face to face with many of my clients unless it’s absolutely necessary. If that is something you’d prefer though, I would be happy to accommodate.
What are the first steps to working with you?
I like to get a good idea of what your site is going to entail, so I will typically ask you all sorts of questions around:
- What kind of content you have?
- Do you have an existing site?
- What’s your timeline?
- What types of functionality does your new site need?
And so on…
Once I have a good idea of what you’re looking for, I will decide if we’re a good fit or not. Believe it or not, I don’t take on every single job. I like to make sure we are a good match and that I can do a quality job and deliver what you need on time.
If we are a good fit, I will get back to you with a price and timeline to do the work, confirm the details, take 50% upfront and the project begins! I typically email back and forth quite a bit with my clients during the design process.
Why would I choose a freelance web designer?
That is a great question. First of all, my overhead is a lot lower than a full sized web design company. I work for myself, which means many of my projects will be priced more affordably yet the work still speaks for itself. The catch to this, is that I take on less work at a time. I typically work on only one project at a time so as not to over commit myself. This means turning away some clients when I am too busy. I am very responsive to my email, and get back to most requests and questions within a couple of hours.