Hiring a Web Designer

Don't know the difference between HTML and a URL? Here's what to think about when hiring a Web designer.

By Paul and Sarah Edwards

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Where do you begin when seeking a Web designer? To find a talented designer, get recommendations from people whose judgment you respect. Review examples of the designers' work, particularly active Web sites they've designed. Always check their references.

If your contacts lead nowhere, try talent Web sites like Elance and Guru), which let you get bids from designers. However, since you're not getting a personal referral here, you're taking a greater chance of having an unsatisfactory experience.

No matter how you find your designer, make sure to have a written contract that specifies:

  • The work to be done: Include a description of the graphics and text content.
  • Timing: When is work to begin? Specify the progress points, such as when you'll approve the template for the site, the first version and so on. Also include a completion date.
  • Payments: Specify due dates for the deposit, the progress payments and the final payment, which shouldn't be due until your site is completed.
  • Other terms: Specify terms, such as who owns the site design, confidentiality, handling of disagreements and so on.

Also, consider if you'll be able to update and make changes to your site once it's done. Having the designer do it will drain your finances and could mean delays.


Authors and career coaches Paul and Sarah Edwards are Entrepreneur.com's "Homebased Business" columnists. Their latest book is The Best Home Businesses for People 50+. Contact them at www.workingfromhome.com.

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