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creating or re-doing small business websites,, offline method question

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by howit, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. howit

    howit Junior Member

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    ive seen many threads of people encouraging others in offline to simply make websites for companies who dont have or redo thier crappy ones for them with somthing cheap or simple like weebly or setting up their template and done. im sure these people will want to customize with their info, pics, etc. i see many people respond that theyre gonna do it despite no experience with websites. how do people do this? do they outsource to fiverr? is there a better way or should you avoid unless you have website creation experience..(i have none)
     
  2. netmoney1

    netmoney1 Executive VIP

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    I would not go to fiverr for website design, even just for a template customization job.

    It really depends on the market you are in, but I would stay away from just offering templates. Anyone can but a template for $30 on themeforest, upload a logo and it's done. That is something any business owner can do - BUT if you were upfront and honest and told them that you are using available themes and charging a fee to install and "personalize" them then that is a different story. Many companies can't afford $x,xxx - $xx,xxx for a custom site, and that is probably why they are using the free platforms you mentioned. Some markets that is all that would be in demand.

    Now, if they are truly looking for a custom site then it would be a good idea to build a relationship with a designer (check the marketplace here - there are a lot of great designers with affordable rates).

    I guess what I am trying to say is that it is important to be transparent with your clients. So many times I hear clients say they want an updated website and inquire about a custom redesign and we find out they paid $x,xxx for a crappy theme with their logo slapped on it - that just sucks in my mind.

    You have two different options...

    #1) Offer a theme installation and customization service...charge for the theme you eventually purchase for the client and then charge your fee for helping them find the right one (your time is not free - so make a few bucks) and then charge to install the theme and put in their company info. Chances are they will already have a logo (if not thats a good upsell - again, you can get that done by outsourcing here in the marketplace) - even with no "website creation" experience as you state you can qucikly learn how to install themes and update them with the businesses info - most are so simple.

    #2) Establish a good relationship with a designer here and outsource the work - they can do the design and coding...you handle the customer. Get a quote prior to taking the deal and work in a nice profit.

    It will really depend on the market and type of client, but they will typically fall into one of the two scenarios above...they will either have a decent budget...or a small one.

    Good luck!
     
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  3. howit

    howit Junior Member

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    Thanks!! Netmoney that totally cleared up my confusion. even just trying to create my wp site for me was torture lol but i like the idea of building a relationship with someone on here to do customization. i can do the theme install only lol. but thats great advice- appreciate your help and i subscribed to a couple of your methods already. thank you again!
     
  4. netmoney1

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    Very welcome, good luck! Just have a plan and spend some time to put it all together and you will be fine.