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How Much Does A Website Cost For Small Business Owners

Websites are a great, low cost way to market your small business. But a website, like most marketing, is not a free lunch! You’ll encounter an initial web design cost for creating and programming your website, a monthly web hosting fee, and possibly maintenance costs.

Look At Your Website As An Investment

Sure, there is a sizable initial web design cost, but, you need to view having a website as a business investment. Not an expense. For example, if your website generates ,000 per month in new business, but the web design cost was ,000 — it becomes very clear, very quickly, that your website makes you money. A website is a smart investment — especially when you consider how popular the web is to people reviewing products and services before making a purchase.

Initial Web Design Costs

Website design costs, much like buying a car, vary depending on the features you need. Many web design firms charge upwards of ,500 for a basic, static website composed of a few pages. Commonly referred to as a brochure website because of their similarity to a printed company brochure, these websites are the perfect starter website for a small business. Brochure-style websites are an excellent way to keep your website design cost low, while getting your business online.
The best advice is to be open and candid with your website designer about your web design cost. Ask point blank, “how much does a website costc” Ask about what features will help you achieve your short and long-term business goals, yet stay within your budget. Any designer worth his salt will work hard to understand your business and provide appropriate recommendations to save you time, while keeping your website design cost low.

Monthly Website Costs

All websites require web hosting service, which is a monthly fee separate from your initial website design cost. Think of web hosting as monthly rent for the server space to store your website online, and your usage of e-mail and bandwidth. Web hosting for a small business website typically costs between and per month. Larger, more complex websites may require advanced web hosting services at a different rate. Ask you website designer or website hosting company if they offer discount web hosting plans. Most web hosting companies bundle web hosting services into longer terms of 3-months, 6-months and yearly hosting plans at a significantly discounted rate.

Annual Website Costs

In addition to monthly web hosting, you’ll also be charged an annual website domain name registration fee. Fees vary with each domain name registrar, but are typically about to each year.

Website Maintenance Expenses

You may also face an additional website design cost due to periodic content, graphic design or technology updates. These updates are requested by the website owner when information on your website becomes outdated, you need to add new web pages or other updates to your website. Website design costs due to site updates are typically billed hourly or on a per-project basis. Ask your web designer if they offer quarterly or bundled website maintenance packages at a discounted price.

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About the author: Michael Borowiecki is a seasoned marketing adviser and the owner of a small business marketing and web design firm, Formulis, Inc. Visit our Las Vegas Web Design Firm website to see what we’re doing for clients across the country and in Las Vegas. Not convinced a small business website is for youc Calm your nerves and read Small Business Website Fears Conquered.


9 thoughts on “Small Web Design”

  1. I’m thinking of starting a small web design business, and tips or ideas?
    I’m thinking of starting a small web design business.
    I was laid off at work and need to do something. I would love to work from home and have to use what I have for hardware and software to start.

    I have FrontPage, digital camera, scanner, fast connection, and understand the basics. I have put up a few basic sites but nothing for money to this point.

    I have no real design skills, as far as page content and layout. I don’t really like the templates in FP but know that what I have done can be a lot better.

    Also, any marketing ideas for this type business on a very short shoestring?

    I’m going to use the few examples I have, put together some marketing materials, and hit the street.

    A few of my thoughts and ideas are to:

    since I am small I will focus on small and micro businesses that do not have sites

    I am going to focus on target markets – used car lots, auto repair, carpenters, masons, etc. Get a feel for there needs and go one market to next as I use up leads

  2. Which of the following European countries are best for running your own small web design business from home?
    I have a small web design business.
    Really I want to write some books, but my job is working from home with my small business doing web design.

    Please choose the top 3 for best regarding being an entrepreneur in web design:
    * Sweden
    * Belgium
    * Holland
    * Switzerland
    * Other nearby caucasian country

  3. You are entering one of the most competitive fields in Internet services. There are hundreds of thousands of people offering their web design services. If you go to and use the googlesmackdown tool you can see how many web sites are currently offering a web designer (666,000 as I write this). And the number of web sites advertising as a web design business, 34,200. You will absolutely need to develop a very specialized skill set and it would be to your extreme benefit to have many thousands of personal contacts to help spread — word-of-mouth advertising.

    My business contracts with web designers, web developers, and web programmers almost daily. There are very few who actually know how to design a web site that provides customer loyalty, sells a product, provides search engine compliance and marketability, provides Internet directory compliance and marketability, and promotes brand awareness. All of which are absolute musts for an online business.

    Hope that helps stimulate your business ideas.

  4. I’m starting a small..Really small design business, Where can I get cheap web hosting with domain name and EM?
    EM= email. I work as a graphic designer for a company, but I’m starting up a company to handle smaller jobs like web design, logo design fliers, etc. (my boss doesn’t mind, since the company doesn’t handle that) What are some recommended cheap web hosting with domain names and email?

  5. How do I start a small web design company?
    I have extensive knowledge on various technologies like HTML,FLASH,CSS,JAVASCRIPT,PHP,JAVA, NET,J2EE . And How do i do marketing ?

  6. hi,i need a designer to help me with my websites…can you tell me whats your fee?and yes,free marketing can be done by posting free ads and in forums

  7. Hey what is the coolest (astronomical) business name for a small web design company?
    I was thinking about

    Quasar Web Development (but some have already taken that)
    Pulsar Web Development (taken)
    Galactica (there is a tv show called this way)
    Supernova (too many use it)
    Nebula takenn 🙁

    Is there any cool Galaxy names you know?
    I’m looking for something unique any ideas?

  8. I run several moderately sized sites, with a few thousand visitors a day each.
    I therefore recommend and personally use: (been using for 2 ears now)
    They have unlimited space and transfer.
    They give you a free domain for life.
    They have php and mysql if you ever use those.
    You can also add as many domains (.com, .net, …) as you like so you can have many different sites for 1 hosting price.
    They also give you free $50 Google Credits for advertising your site.

    If you go with them and have any trouble making your site feel free to PM me, I have a lot of experience there.

    Whatever you choose, the best luck to you.

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