This article will help you to figure out whether that web designer you are thinking of using for your website is the one to go with and how to make sure you do not handover all the money without viewing work.
Most of us are all to aware of rogue companies or individuals out there offering services and not living up to expectations. One main industry that springs to mind could be builders, but another potential cowboy area is Website designers. With so many of us not having a clue how a website is made or run how can you tell whether the potential designer you are talking to is legitimate.
Firstly, you may want to look at a portfolio of sites, which is a good idea. Do not use the portfolio as gospel because anyone can claim to have created a site so you must contact the website owner to clarify that the individual or company you are considering did make the website and if they were good to work with.
Secondly, you should do all you can to meet up with your web designer. This is not always possible but at the very least you should talk to them via the telephone or Skype so you can get to know them and find out a real address for them.
Thirdly, make sure you get a contract for the work written up so that you have some evidence of the job at hand. Most web designers will want the same thing so this should not be a tender subject as it protects both of you.
Pay in instalments
Luckily unlike builders, web designers do not have to purchase materials so demanding a lot of money up front is unlikely to happen. A lot of designers make ask for a reasonable deposit, which can be mutually agreed and again helps to protect them but the rest of the money should ideally be agreed to be paid in stages. The stages and amount of payment at each stage need to be agreed upon by both parties to ensure mutual protection.
Double confirm all work to be carried out.
A huge reason for any tradespeople not completing the jobs is because they have underestimated the work involved so if someone seems far cheaper than anyone else it is important to check that you confirm everything that needs to be done so that you both are clear on the job that has been agreed.
By using the points above, you should be able to make sure you have chosen the right person for the job and make sure your money is safe. Unfortunately there will always be people out there who carry out poor work or no work at all but by following these steps you may scare them off before anything is agreed.