Please don't shoot the messenger.
Building your own online business is not an easy undertaking, and the decision to hire professional web design services could be one issue that you are struggling with. On the one hand, getting someone else to design your website would mean letting someone else make the decision on a very crucial aspect of your business’ s success, your branding. On the other hand, you would not want to waste precious time learning the codes used to create websites yourself, while your competitors are well on their way into carving their own niches in your target market.
Accept Your Limitations
Hiring professional web design services does not mean that you have accepted defeat, or have set the limits to what you are capable of. Only that at this point in time, you do not have the necessary skills yet to make a website that will rival those that professionals have been making for years. It says nothing about what you can learn in the future, or even while the professionals are building your website. The point is time is of the essence right now, and your customers will not wait for you to learn how to build a website before buying what they need.
A Learning Experience
To make the most of the professional web design services that you signed a contract with, learn about the things that they do. Basic knowledge in website administration will not hurt, and there are designers that will be willing to teach you a few tricks to make having a website easier to handle.
Also, to not feel like you are no longer in control of your business, make sure to find a web designer who is willing to accept your input and opinions.
In cases that these input and opinions cannot be used, they should at least be able to explain to you why.
Another point of contention in contracting for a website design service is that the final product is not what the client – that is to say, you – wanted it to be.
You can solve this in several ways:
Ask for previous work samples from the service provider, preferably a website that is already online, as well as a few references, if possible. This way, you can be sure what your web designer is actually capable of.
Be very specific and detailed in what you want, and ask your designer if it is something that can be done successfully. While you’re at it, agree on a contract price, and sign an agreement on what is included in that contract.
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