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Communication With Your Website Designer is Key to Success

If you’re trying to find a Website Designer in Tampa, Florida –get ready to be overwhelmed. Not so much by the sheer number of website designers that can be found on the web, but by the fact that there’s an obvious lack of service with many.

I just have to say it “Did the Realtors who left their sales positions in search of a new career go into freelance website design?” Having said that against some better judgment yet…having worked with many in the Real Estate Industry who I considered to be true professionals, I’ve learned much bulao biru about what it takes to be an exceptional realtor. In the not so distant past however, everyone seemed to hold a license to sell real estate and “exceptional realtor” wasn’t often easily found —even though the choices were numerous. You could FIND a realtor…No problem. Every other neighbor, business owner–EVERYONE had a license to sell my house! Why? Well, because it sounded like a good idea for many to have a license—and quite frankly it was easy to obtain. At the time few could foretell the effect it would have on that industry. Well—now we know.

I’m beginning to wonder if the same type of scenario isn’t occurring in the website and graphic design industry. I had to laugh when the thought entered my mind, yet if you’ve looked for a website designer in the Tampa area, you’ll quickly see what I mean. The choices are many– which can be a good thing, or like the real estate industry—it can end up being a really bad thing as well. I suppose time will tell.

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Much like the person who knows nothing about real estate, and who must hire someone to sell their home, choosing a website designer when you aren’t knowledgeable of the process can be risky. With so many web designers to choose from how do you know where to begin or what to be aware of? If you know nothing about how a website is built, how then will you recognize the difference between a good Tampa website designer and a bad one? Aren’t they all the same? Again, let’s compare this to hiring a realtor. Not all realtors offer the same level of service (even though they should) to reach the same end result. House sold, website built. In both industries some people have more or less experience, some charge more or less, some will do more for you and some may do just enough to get them by. Some have a big name and are high profile… some of the best in the industry who aren’t highly exposed— will work harder for you. Depending on who you hire you may pay for actual services rendered or you may pay for their fancy cars or offices while they render you a okay service. Some have too much business to manage and cannot give you the desired attention; some have no business and are going under. Trust me; it’s the same game, just a different industry.

Most consumers are looking for the most affordable service —yet others elect the company that has the largest corporate office building accessorized with all of the glamour of an NYC advertising giant. Those folks don’t mind absorbing the costs of their website designer’s luxurious habits. And that’s not a bad thing. Someone has to use them. What if you’re the average small business owner or entrepreneur who is just starting a new venture or jump starting an existing business? I can only comment on website designers in the Tampa area. I’m sure though that the problem exists in every metropolis. Too many website designers, not enough service.

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But is service that important? Small business owners looking for a website design company want and need the following qualities that comprise the perfect website designer or website company.

Talented, Knowledgeable, Affordable, Reputable, Reliable, Available, Flexible and Generally Local.

With all of the choices available to the small business owner choosing usually boils down to making one or two phone calls—then, it’s generally hit or miss. Why? Most small business owners know nothing about the website design process. They don’t know what questions to ask or how to ask them. Many (most) end up hiring “on the fly” and then must look forward to initiating some level of damage control six months later. Once they get over the shame of it, they come to me. I tell them it’s nothing to be ashamed of. I admit to them that I know nothing about many things so when it comes time for me to “consume” I attempt to educate myself on the subject yet at times and against all better judgment I’ll jump right in with “blind trust.” I don’t recommend the second choice and have also been disappointed after making such reckless decisions. Hey…It happens.

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