There are some things in life which have no set way to achieve an outcome.
Pretty much anything is open to being a route to getting a web design project underway.
Here are some things that I do as a freelance web designer, that you will realise make a lot of sense when we work together.
Here is what I offer freelance web design clients:
- Initial meeting by phone/Skype or on emails and scoping discussion: Here I help introduce myself and what I can offer while listening to the client and what they are wanting to achieve, I may suggest a few things here or wait till we exchange more information, usually I am full of ideas straight away so if you do not like enthusiasm please do not contact me.
- Exchange of emails: Again this will be to gain more information and to pass my own ideas back to the client at this stage I will ask for some commitment money wise (see below why) and we can then go about creating the starting point to the website or digital project.
- More than a website, a marketing tool: I do not deliver just a website, I let lesser experienced and knowledgeable people do that. I deliver a website that is a marketing tool. More thought goes into my designs, where things are, how things look, what we want visitors to do to make it work for the client. Sure some clients say they just want basic, and they get what is needed but with some class and a touch of thought into the project. I simply can’t deliver anything else!
Secondly here is what I do not do with freelance clients:
- I rarely meet clients in person:
Why? Unless they are paying me circa £500/day for the time I am away from my work this is why:
I am not getting paid while I am traveling and talking to you about your project, and face to face meetings tend to really take much longer than is often needed, they are very formal and great for client and agency meetings where many people are involved and complexities run high, and a face to face meeting gets everyone knowing who the players are in the project, I see the point here, but still it needs paying for, and always does on any agency project.
I do face to face meetings for agencies and this is all factored in with a lot of money paid for the privilege.
- Clients with no money: I do not take on clients who do not already have a realistic budget, I am a person in business who helps all my clients earn plenty of money, usually that would not have happened for them without my expertise, but I see many people (in my opinion less qualified and far less helpful to you) earn more than me in my early days, this seems unfair to me with the amount of quality services I offer. Early on in my career as a freelancer I spent so much time and effort with pure time wasters and they simply drained me of way too much time, energy and money. I have done my apprenticeship over 8 years and more than deserve my £50 per hour fee, SEO guys of which I am an expect command well over £100 for consulting. With me you get way more than just a web designer, you get a digital marketing consultant who can guide you on to success and mostly deliver what is needed without agency fees, plus I love that side of my job as I am naturally gifted at ideas, strategy formation and creative ways of getting results.
Sorry to end on a negative, but you need to know that I now have a clear agenda on who my clients are and how I can help them, so being informed is surely useful.