Life seems to get more complicated by the minute. But you can simplify work by creating an awesome project plan to help you get the results you need. Too many clients fall into the trap of being poorly prepared before engaging services from a freelancer. A skilled designer won’t try to take advantage of you and hopefully will ask you the right questions to help you decide what you need.
So before you even start to look for a freelancer, put together a quick project plan, that will guide the project, maximize the time invested by everyone involved and ensure it all comes in under budget.
Let’s say for example you want a new website for your business. This is a big project, which takes a lot of time and requires expertise. You could choose one person who can do the whole project. You can also outsource different components of it to different people as you please. You can’t make decisions about these things however unless you have a clear picture of what you want. This is why you need a project plan.
1. Define your purpose
Why do you want a business website and what is its purpose? Are you just getting a website because everyone says you should? Websites have a variety of functions so you should be clear about what you want yours to do.
Is it so people can see the location of your restaurant and then check out your menu before making a dinner reservation? Or download your monthly program to stick on the fridge? This is a simple project and easily produced. You may even be able to do it yourself.
Is it to increase you customer base? If it’s a focused marketing exercise then you will need to consider the social media requirements, blog options, and the ongoing maintenance of those. That kind of website is a machine that must be fed constantly so be sure this is actually what you want!
Or maybe you’ve decided to start selling products or services online? E-commerce enabled sites must be customized to the user and to help them find the details they need about your products and services. They must also function well so that all the necessary information needed is captured and orders can be processed accurately and efficiently.
Think through exactly why you want a website and what you want it to do, because this will be the first question a designer will ask you. Knowing the answer in advance and being able to clearly outline your vision to them will make a huge difference to their engagement with the project plan and ensure you’re satisfied with final results.
2. Map it out and delegate
In the case of a website, you can look at other sites for inspiration, take screenshots of components you like and make a master list of all the things you want on your site. You can then map it out yourself, page by page, or use this information to do that with your designer.
Building and Populating
Sometimes people get a surprise when their new website is built and they find that the words on the pages are in Latin, there are generic images in place, and the Facebook icons don’t link to anything for example. This is because they hired a web developer. Not a designer, or a content writer, or … this post was originally written and published for twago.com.
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