Jun 302015
 
How much shall I spend on my website -

This is a very common question and there is no easy answer to that. You know your budget; you know how much funds are available to you. Just keep this in mind that, your website in this day and age is the face of your business, it should represent what your company is about. If you are a company that sells based on price, then you shouldn't have a high end looking website. If on the other hand you want to project an image of high end, high quality, then you better spend and make a really good website.

Now what does that mean? Spend what? Spend how much? Well, a really good high end high quality website, if it is just an informational website would cost you between $2,000 and $4,000 because there is a lot of work that goes into the design part of it. To a casual observer it may not be that clear but those who are looking for quality they will understand, appreciate and respect your business accordingly.

If it is an e-commerce site, or it has very specific functionalities and you want to project a high quality image with all kinds of options and user interfaces that are geared to make life easy and comfortable for the client or customer then budget $5,000 to $10,000.

Now on the other hand if you just want to throw up a basic website to announce your new book keeping service for the small business owner, you can get a website set up for $500 to $1,000 to $1,500 range.


Some people expect, in part this is because they don’t know, they come up and advertise in freelancing portals 'Make me a quality site and I will pay you $40'. It does not work that way. People sometimes have heard that if you outsource something, they are cheap. Yes but not that cheap.

Compared to what you pay in your local city, yes outsourcing is significantly cheaper, probably one third or a quarter of the price you would pay locally- but not free. If a locally developed project costs $40,000 to $45,000, outsourcing will bring down the cost to $10,000 to $15,000.

Be realistic and if you are not sure talk to people, understand and just take a little time and then go venture out with a small project. Over time you will get the hang of it.



Jun 282015
 

I have seen this over and over again that some people hire Freelancers but then they treat them very disrespectfully. That is not a good thing.

If you are entering into a business relationship with someone and outsourcing is exactly what that is - you are hiring somebody to do work for you. You need to give them proper respect.

Respect your Freelancer
Respect your Freelancer
 

In most cases, these are people who are better educated than you. Their currency is weaker than yours - that's why you are paying them and not vice versa. Just because you are paying them doesn't mean you should be disrespectful.

Respect your freelancer and in turn they will respect you. This builds trust. Over time you will end up with an ally.



Jun 252015
 

When you hire a freelancer, work with him, explain your project to him, understand how much time he has, and accordingly then set targets.

Outsourcing tips for Clients- Give Target Dates

Human beings have a tendency to procrastinate. If you say whenever, it may never materialize. So, give people a target date; even if you don’t need it tomorrow.

People deliver on deadlines, if you don't give people deadlines, they will deliver poor results and you will regret it.Give Freelancers a three or four day lead time but give them a 'Hey, can you get this done in three, four days?' if that is what you think it will take.

 So give people a target date.



Jun 222015
 
Should I have a responsive website; how shall I make my website mobile friendly,

Many people ask this question especially those who have had a website for many years. Things change, trends change and most of the websites that were built like more than three years ago or four years ago are not mobile-responsive. That means they are built for computer screens so they look good when you are watching, or viewing or browsing that website on a computer.

Over the last three to five years, screens have changed and most desktops and laptops now have wider screens instead of the traditional square screen. So those websites that were designed in that era don't look good on a wide screen.

But what has really changed is how peoples' browsing habits have changed. Now, a lot of people browse and conduct business using their mobile phones or tablets.

What is a responsive website? A responsive website is coded differently. On a computer screen it looks the same as any other website but the code is such that it auto adjusts to a wide screen on a computer, it auto adjust to a tablet and to a mobile phone. The menus break down, the screen flows vertically because it is easier for more people to browse, scroll up and down on a mobile device especially on phones.

There are tons of statistics available now that more than 40% of the people browse the web using their mobile phones. So yes, your website should be responsive in this day and age.

What should you do if your website is not responsive? Contact web development companies like our InterloperInc and they will take care of it.



Jun 192015
 
freelance relations

Many people hire Freelancers, assign them a task and then within a few hours or days they turn around and terminate them. It takes time for a freelancer to understand you, the quality you require, the way you work and how your business operates. Plus in most cases there is a significant time difference involved so give him time unless you think he is being dishonest, that is a different thing.

If it is just a matter of responsiveness then give him a day or two, work with him, make him understand and give him a target date. All that helps. Let him understand what your expectations are and how you operate, and by what date you want what items.

Quite often especially when you are doing design work or programming, a task may look simple but on the inside, on the back-end it may be actually quite complex. So try to understand, work with him and in the long run you will have a smoother operation.



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