You’ve decided to start the process of having your brand new website designed, but you’re not sure where to start. A quick search on Google can provide some decent options, most of which will likely be 100’s or 1000’s of miles away. There are definitely some great designers located around the globe, so what’s the benefit to working with someone local? We’ve listed out the top four reasons why we feel working with a web designer locally is the best route to take.
1. Face-to-Face Meetings
This is probably the single most important piece of the process. There’s something to be said about being able to sit down with someone and discuss your business’ needs over a cup of coffee that can’t be replicated over a phone call, Skype session, or Google Hangout. Things get lost in translation and there’s a huge opportunity for miscommunication and conflict. For example, if you live in North Carolina, getting web design in Charlotte versus in California provide the opportunity to sit down with your designer to discuss your needs in person.
2. You’re Less Likely to be Taken Advantage of
We’ve heard countless stories of small business owners being taken for a ride by a designer on the other side of the country. Unfortunately, when this happens, there’s little to no recourse. Often pursuing legal action will cost you more than what was paid to the designer. This coupled with the high probability of a drawn out process can create a nightmare of costly and time-consuming red tape. When you work with website companies in your town, particularly ones who have worked with other small businesses in your area, the likelihood of having your money taken without a website decreases dramatically.
Often times, when you work with someone located close by, you’ll find that prices will be lower. You’re not being charged for travel expenses or phone calls or the higher cost of living in a larger town. For example, a Charlotte web designer will likely charge someone in their area less than what someone from New York would charge and vice versa.
4. Easy Site Maintenance & Future Updates
A great website is dynamic. It’s ever-changing and constantly being tweaked and refined to achieve your business’ goals online. When working with someone local, it’s considerably easier to resolve any potential issues that may arise once a site has been launched or to quickly meetup to discuss how to make any updates or changes to your site.