Web Design For Small Businesses

Web design for small businesses

Website design Mentor OH & Cleveland OH – Mentor OH Web Design

I recently went to a local Labor Day parade to see my son perform with his high school marching band and it got me thinking that Local advertising and web design for small businesses in Mentor Ohio and Cleveland Ohio for that matter is like the marching band playing.

The music that they make is their product or service and the people in the audience are their customers. If they want more people to hear them, they have a couple of things that they can do. The first would be to just play louder. This would be what most small businesses tend to do with their advertising and web design. They just throw more money at it. The problem with this is that most small businesses dont have any way to know if their advertising or website is working or not.

The second thing that the band could do is go where there are people that are looking to hear a marching band and play just for that person. While this doesn’t make a lot of sense to physically hall a marching band around to play for just one person, what if the marching band could be all over the world at the same time, for no additional cost and they could begin playing any time someone asked them to. Well this is what a website can do for you.

The people online that are searching for your product or service are the audience that has already said that they want to hear your message or find out more about you.With proper tools and techniques, you can be there when they want to hear your message and find your products.

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9 thoughts on “Web Design For Small Businesses”

  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. How much does it cost to design a small web page with flash animations for small businesses in the USA?
    I live in Central America, And I know of very good web designers and programmers who – I bet -, would charge much less than in the States. All we need is bridge between producers over here and clients over there. But want to be sure about the price ranges.

  4. How do I start up a small-business in web design?
    I’m turning 18 soon and I want to start a small business designing and building websites for local small businesses. I have designed sites for friends and church. How do I start this small business? If anyone has done this, I’d greatly appreciate it. How do I host the site and domain names? I’ve looked into GoDaddy but wanted your opinion. Thanks everyone. 🙂

  5. No, don’t go with GoDaddy. A lot of negative reviews about it.

    I, myself, use TLS Hosting ( http://tlshosting.com ). If I’m not mistaken, I read it in their blog that they have an affiliation with church. So, hosting with them will help God’s work as well 😉 That’s one of the reasons why I host with them.

    Their service is really good as well. I monitored my sites using pingdom.com service, they have 99.99% server uptime. Really deliver what is guaranteed. Customer support is top notch as well. They attend to my tickets in under 45 minutes every time, even on weekends.

    They have unlimited plans as well, should you want it. It’s here http://tlshosting.com/unlimited

  6. Where can I find an affordable small business web design company?
    The key here is affordable. I want a web design company that wont charge me for every little thing and if I could have some control over the site and making changes every now and again that would be perfect. My buddy got a site built for his company,it cost him a ton of money and he doesn’t even own his domain name.

  7. There are 3 ways to build a website.

    1. Use a Sitebuilder. If you get a good web host, a Sitebuilder is provided for free. For instant, Hostgator comes with over 4000 designs to choose from. You can choose this option in the beginning to save cost and to build your website quickly. You can still get a designer to improve your website at a later time. For more info and to view the templates, go to http://go.hostingtopic.com/hostgator-templates.php

    Pros: Free (with hosting account). Get your website up quickly in less than 1 hour.
    Cons: They may not produce be the best looking design or you may not get what you are looking for

    Use coupon code SERVERHOSTING to get 25% discount from Host Gator.

    2. Get a web designer to help you plan and prepare your website. You can get a local web designer, but we suggest you hire a somebody online. You can post your project online at CrowdSpring or 99designs.com and hundreds of designers will present their ideas for you to choose.

    For a more serious or more complicated web development project, you can use Elance or Odesk. Elance is great to find developers for fixed-price projects while Odesk is most suitable for hourly assignments and for virtual-assistance type of work. See the link in resource box below for more info.

    Pros: You will be able to create a very unique website, if that is really your requirement.
    Cons: This option can be expensive depending on your requirements and it will take some time for the designer to produce the website design.

    3. Build the website yourself. It may not be for you but it can be very satisfying and you get to learn a lot too. You can use a simple WYSIWYG HTML editor such as Coffee Cup. If you want to be a designer yourself, you must have the software used by Web designers, which is Adobe Dreamweaver.

    Pros: You can learn. Maybe can become a designer too.
    Cons: Not for everyone. Time consuming.

  8. Ricardo,

    There are ways for Central American web designer/developers to get jobs from US companies. This is the ongoing trend with Eastern European and Southeast Asian countries. The site I use for outsourcing these job is: http://www.elance.com

    I have used them for logo designs, web developments, etc. You can have people sign up with them.

    If I were you, this is what I would do. You can be their middleman for this. The way you can help them out and for you to make money is this. For elance account, I belive you need to pay them a subscription fee per year. You can set up your company, pay the fee, and have the web designers/developers work for your company.

    This way, they are your independent contractors and both are happy making money.

    As for the elance… I have only used them for minor things. I do not know how much money is to be made or how much work you will get out of it… That’s your job to find out and run the numbers/figures.

    Good luck!

  9. 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 onfocus.com 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.

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