Whether you’re building a new website or rebuilding an existing website, finding the right web designer for your project can be challenging, but it’s also critical.
A good web designer can make the process of building your website highly enjoyable while giving you a much better finished product. A bad web designer, on the other hand, can cost you a lot of extra time, money and frustration.
Here are three popular and effective places where you can find the right web designer for your project.
1) Ask a Friend
The best place to find a web designer, or at least the best place to start your search, is to ask your friends and business contacts.
Many of your business contacts will have some level of experience with a web design project. They might be able to recommend a good web designer, or recommend web designers to avoid.
You can ask your contacts in-person or over the phone, but a more effective way to reach a lot of people at once is by posting your request on Facebook and LinkedIn, or other social networks of your choosing. Simply ask your network if they can recommend a good web designer.
On LinkedIn, you can search for web designers and you’ll be shown a list of them in your 1st and 2 nd level connections if you or anyone you know is connected to a web designer. You can check out their profiles and their past work, send a message, or request an introduction from one of your mutual connections.
2) Go Where They Go
Do you need a long-term relationship with a good web designer? You should try to meet potential candidates in person through seminars, events and also by reaching out to good designers in your city. Most cities have groups that bring together web designers, graphic designers, photographers, writers, artists, and other creative-types to discuss their trades and share sales leads. Use a website like Meetup.com or check with your Chamber of Commerce to find groups that meet in your area.
Going to these types of networking events gives you a chance to meet several designers in-person all at once. You can spend a few minutes talking to each designer to see which one(s) you would like to interview for your web design project.
3) Post Your Project Online
Websites like Upwork.com and Freelancer.com allow you to post your web design project details and receive proposals from freelancers who build professional websites. You can read reviews, invite specific designers, or let anyone bid on your project. Once you have a few good options, you can schedule an interview with each one.
If your web design requirement is very basic and not complicated, you can try Fiverr.com for some pretty cheap, yet good web designers for quick and simple tasks for just a few dollars.
You can also find web designers on websites like Flexjobs.com and Craigslist. Freelance designers share their profiles on these websites allowing you to research their experience and contact them for more details. You can also post your own request for proposals, but some websites charge a nominal fee to do that.
Regardless of how you find a web designer, it’s very important to do your due diligence. You need to interview your prospective web designers, ask to see their portfolios, and talk to their references.
A recommendation doesn’t necessarily make a perfect match so don’t make a hiring decision based solely on that. A thorough interview process will help you choose the right web designer who’ll be easy to work with and one who’ll deliver a high quality website.