I want us both to be happy. I want us both to know what to expect and where we stand.
So this page explains what I can and can’t do, and how we can work together to get the website you want. I have some simple terms drawn up to protect us both.
I’m creative with a logical side. I’m comfortable solving technical problems, and combine that with an ability to create pleasing designs. I’m an artisan and an investigator, a researcher and a fixer of broken things. I love a good puzzle to solve, don’t give up easily, and feel my technical bent is an asset to my creativity.
I’m a photographer (mostly real estate), a lampwork glass bead artist (specializing in spirit mythology), nature lover (give me tracks in the snow or moss on a stone and I’ll be happy for hours), and a bit of a gadget geek.
I have a Certificate in Graphic Design, many years of Photoshop and other graphic art program experience, and was building websites as soon as I realised it was something that I could do on my own (back in the early 90’s).
I’m embarrassed to tell you how many websites I’ve built myself over the years but it’s probably between 15 and 20. I’ve helped other people build their websites. I’ve used HTML, WordPress and Joomla web publishing platforms, and never seem to tire of learning new ways of building websites.
And thinking about all that makes me feel rather good. I’m a talented person, not a techno-specialist. I’ve got good, rounded knowledge and abilities, and I’ll do my very best in any project I take on.
I’ll be upfront — I am not some super-geeky, web-coding, marketing wiz who is all-knowing about SEO, CSM, ROI, who understands CAC, CR’s and builds CTA for your QTD’s. Nope, not me, never will be. All these website development acronyms drive me nuts. They make me feel overwhelmed and out of my depth. And I’m guessing they do exactly the same for most self-employed/small business folks out there.
If you want all of that good stuff (and I’m not saying it isn’t good), then you need to find a company who lives and breathes marketing and web coding all day. But they will more than likely cost more. They have knowledge in more areas than I do, and probably a team of experts, not just one person. And depending on what you are doing, it might be overkill for what your website needs to do.
It’s important to form a clear plan for a project & business arrangement at the very beginning. That way both of us know what to expect and what details each is responsible for. When you first hire me, we’ll do some initial consultation so I can create a website design & functionality that follows the plan as closely as possible. We’ll agree to a simple contract and we’ll do check-in updates as we go along to insure we’re both satisfied with the process. Payment can be made by PayPal (which accepts all major credit cards), and is split, 50% up front and 50% upon completion. This protects us both, I know you are committed to the process and you have final sign off when you are satisfied that I’ve fulfilled my obligations.
Your first task is purchasing your web-hosting account & domain name — this is where your site ‘lives’ on the internet. Once your account is active, you’ll get log-in info so we can access it. Then I’ll be able to install the basic WordPress template and start the building & design process depending on what you’ve hired me to do. See the list below to get an idea of what I can help you with.
I offer both flat-rate and customized packages. Flat-rate packages are the most economical as they state exactly what services/items/features are included. If you find yourself needing additional items above what the flat-rate package includes, these are billed at my regular hourly rate and added to the total. If you ask for something that’s not included I’ll be sure to let you know so that you can stay within your budget.
Any items can be billed at my regular hourly rate of $60:
- Hosting account and domain name registration setup
- Explaining how to use the behind-the-scenes ‘dashboard’ of your website
- Creating custom graphics
- Searching for stock art / images*
- Creating word content based on your input
- Proofreading / editing content you provide
- Installing any required ‘plug-ins’ for desired website features
- Setting up ‘widgets’ for desired website features
- Populating your pages with images and content
- Finding solutions to fit your needs
*Any images you provide must either be of your own creation, purchased from a stock art site, or a copyright-free images site.