How Much Do Web Designers Charge?
Designing a small business website can be a huge undertaking. Many small and medium businesses turn to outside sources to help them with this task. If you don't have the knowledge or experience with programming and don't want to use a website builder, then you can hire a professional web developer to create your custom site.
When hiring a professional website designer, your overall website costs will rise, but so will your website’s quality and capabilities. If you do decide to hire a web designer, these factors will weigh heavily in the overall cost of design and development:
- Having a customizable layout
- Package updates/general security maintenance
- Robust backup/restore for peace of mind/business continuity
- Bandwidth usage
- Server storage utilization
- Page volume of the site
- Creating custom images, graphics, and logo
- Customized programming for greater features
- Maintenance and bug fixing
- Content development
Businesses can either hire a professional web designer for a finished product and then part ways or contract out the designer to cover website maintenance and troubleshooting issues on an ongoing basis. Therefore, the upfront costs for small businesses generally range from anywhere between $5,000 and $25,000 and ongoing charges of $500 to $1,000 each year.
Shop around before settling on someone to take over your small business site design and development. Depending on how much you want to spend or the amount you have available, you can see if your chosen designer has any available financing options.
Consider using freelance web designers found on reputable third-party websites, like Upwork. Look at smaller marketing and tech companies to get the most out of your budget while still gaining all the professional experience and expertise your site needs to succeed.
For a limited budget, small business owners should look to recent university programming graduates or Bootcamp graduates for a website designer. Your business may be able to snag a better deal, saving time and money, as they will need to build up experience and a portfolio of their custom-built products.