It is depressing, seriously. Agencies don't care about saving you money, the last time I checked their pricing for exact same work is $3k minimum. If you are business owner, you will know how crucial it is to keep costs low. That's where I come in, as a freelancer you will get clear cut pricing from me from day one and it won't be ridiculous. Best part is you won't have to call 10 people if you need anything, you call just one person.
Why Freelance Web Designers May Cost You Less Than Those Big Agency Prices?
1. Freelancers are generally clear about their pricing from start to finish.
What you may not know about that big agency price tag is that the price they are offering only covers a very small amount of the total work that goes into building and maintaining a website. Essentially, those prices often cover a single page with a standard template. Anything you want done custom is subject to a surcharge, whereas a freelance designer will most likely build everything custom from the ground up. In addition, freelancers will often be more up front about their prices because they can't afford to have an unsatisfied customer the way a larger firm can. If a large firm does the work and you don't like it and don't want to pay for it, they can simply absorb the cost. A freelancer will have a harder time absorbing that cost, so they tend to be more up-front and direct about their prices.
2. Freelancers may charge more up front, but will save you an arm and a leg down the road.
When it comes to design, almost no one gets it right the first time. When you pay a low fee for a big agency to design your website, you often get what you get and you're stuck with it. Revisions are where they gauge you. At some point in time you are probably going to want to add to or change your website in some way as well, and that's when that low up-front cost will come back to haunt you. While big agencies may only charge you a nominal price for the initial design, they will charge you through the nose for any upgrades or changes down the road.
3. You own your own content.
Another way that agencies will gauge you on pricing is when you want to try and move your site to a different firm or designer. While you may own your domain name, in many cases the agency will retain the rights to the content used to build your website. Moving to another agency or designer may mean anything from having to build an entirely new site from scratch to paying exorbitant prices for your content.
While web design prices or a digital marketing price from a freelancer may seem steep at first, they will most often be quoting you an entire package price that includes additions, alterations and changes. When looking at the prices big design firms charge versus those of a freelancer, make sure you are comparing the entire picture of services offered. Freelancers will generally be able to tell you exactly what their price covers, including alterations, changes and in some cases ongoing maintenance. When consulting with a larger firm, make sure you have the quote from a freelancer on hand and check the price of the larger firm when all of the services the freelancer offers are added in. Chances are, you can save a great deal of money in the long run by going with the freelancer rather than the larger firm.
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