Coming from a technical background as an I/T programmer in my early corporate career, I have a love for all things techie. When I needed a web site for my marketing business, it was only natural that I design it myself which allowed me to retain some of those skills. The site you’re on right now, Grass Roots Marketing Systems is my original business web site. It’s gone through several iterations since 2006 as I’ve added new services or decided that I wanted a different look and feel to the site.
As my business grew, I created several niche websites, such as one for a special event I was hosting, one for a specific niche market, and one for my consulting business. When clients found out that I had built my own websites, they started to request that I design one for them as well.
Here’s what you need to know if you would like to work with me on your web design:
- I only design web sites that use the WordPress platform. I’ve found that this industry standard platform provides the security and reliability along with ease of use for the end user. Most of my clients want to be able to add photos, add blog posts, and add new pages without having to call a web designer.
- I use premium templates – I don’t design web sites from scratch. Using a template provides a framework that can be customized with the individual business content. It ensures that the web site design is stable. With a template, I know that someone else has done the work of making sure that the design is responsive and looks good on every device from desktop to smart phone. Using a template gives me a cost effective way to offer form and function to the business owner at a cost effective price. The only drawback to using a template is that not everything is customizable. Some things are built in and can’t be changed. I work with the business owner prior to selecting a template to ensure that they get the best fit for their requirements.
- If you have unique requirements that don’t fit my skills, I’ll let you know that up front as part of our consultation rather than try to force fit it. In those instances, I will recommend some resources where you can find web designers who specialize in large or complex projects.
- Costs: Most business owners don’t have a frame of reference for how much a web site should cost. Read this article for an excellent rationale. It’s written by a large web design company and hits all of the considerations. The web sites I design usually range between $1600 and $2500 depending on requirements.
- How I work: We will start with a complimentary consultation to determine your requirements and whether we would be a good fit to work together. Based on our conversation, I’ll provide you with a statement of work, timeline and flat fee price – no surprises or hidden costs.
- Bonus: I’ve worked with several clients who are unsure what to do if their website has a problem. I wrote a blog post giving you the five things every Business Owner needs to know to prevent their web site from disappearing. You should read this regardless of who you hire to build your website. For my clients, I provide a user guide which includes all of that information in one place as well as instructions on how to do most common activities such as add photos and create new pages.
Check out my portfolio below to see some of my personal business sites as well as a sampling of those I’ve designed for clients.