Last Updated June 01, 2021

6 Important points to check before hiring a pro website designer

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Introduction

Well, I have worked full-time as a Web Designer/Middleware Developer with AT&T and Barclays.

The first  line of code I wrote was back in 2007, it  obviously was the "hello-world" in HTML5 which did not look very promising. And definitely not a great landing page.

Web designing and development has evolved with time and the process has become easier.

More people have been drawn in to learn this skill who have different set of experiences.

Thera are a lot of free and paid website builders which are often used by clients like :

  • Wordpress
  • Webflow
  • Shopify mostly for Ecommerce
  • Wix ( Drag and Drop Page builder)
  • Older website platforms like Ruby on Rails, PHP
  • HTML5, CSS, JavaScript Websites

Now, I will give you a brief about how to hire the right web designer?

This article is for everyone, If you are business owner want to start an online store and somehow don't have much idea, or if you are a technical person who has some idea of how the web pages work.

So what are we waiting for lets jump to the table of contents in which we will cover the six important points needed to hire a great web designer or developer.

Table of contents

#1. Pick the right platform to find the best web designer through search engines.

There are a whole lot of bad to good platforms where you can find the right designer. It all depends on your requirements.

If you are looking for something simple, you may go for dribbble.com

On dribbble you can find some great graphic designers and content creators, you may also get the benefit of getting some idea or inspiration for your project.

You can also check for designers in Behance, they are great, just make sure they have an original portfolio.

Now coming to freelance marketplace where you can hire the designer or developers by paying them and posting your project.

You have to be very careful while dealing with freelancers on these platform, there are more that 1 million website designers alone in one platform so the task might be very hard to find the right one.

Even companies like Microsoft, Apple, IBM, Sony, Tesla nowadays use freelancers to get their job done.

The top 3 famous freelance sites are

I would highly recommend any of these three. It depends what you are looking for?

  • Quality? Go for UPWORK
  • Low Budget and Time? Go for Fiverr
  • Mix of value and time? Again you go for either Upwork or Fiverr
  • Only if you have a lot of time and budget to waste? Go for freelancer.com

For me Upwork and Fiverr works the best when it comes to finding the best freelancer. Just read the terms and condition before placing the order.

Final verdict: Choose FIVERR or UPWORK.

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#2. Check if the web designer or developer is an independent freelancer or an agency.

Its very important to know whether your freelance is independently working or is an agency.

A lot of freelancers have profile as independent but when you interview them they will brag about 20 years of Webflow experience and what not. Like Seriously? Webflow was not even launched 20years back.

For pro clients who have worked with a lot of freelancer hiring an agency is not something that needs much attention but for clients who have lesser experience in hiring or are small business owners must always go for independent freelancer of course after interviewing.

Hiring an agency takes a lot of cash flow in things which don't require much attention like a flow chart? or a documentation with 10 pages of irrelevant information which they provide to all the clients.

To sum up, you must ask these questions below and the answers are:

  • Do you have a high budget? Go for agency.
  • Do you have experience in hiring? If yes, go for agency.
  • Do you have knowledge with regard to design and development? If yes, choose agency.
  • Am is just starting? Always choose Freelancer who is independent and trustworthy.

Final verdict: Choose freelancer for small projects! Always aim at high quality work!

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#3. Ask him to provide his portfolio or web page done by him.

There are more than a billion freelancers in the market, most of them are designers or developers.

Majority of freelancers are from South east Asian countries . Some of them are really good and have years of experience, but that doesn't mean they are pro.

A pro is a person who takes his/her very seriously and has great skills.

So how can you find a PRO? The answer is by their PORTFOLIO web page.

So carefully examine the portfolio and ask if they can prove if the portfolio is theirs.

Here are some of the points you can look out to see whether the portfolio is original.

  • Are they consistent design wise? If Yes, chances are good that its original. If not its a red flag.
  • Does it have a different designers credit in the footer? If yes, its a red flag, Ask the freelancer to clarify.
  • Does the freelancer say 10 years of experience and has 2 recent works? If yes, you shouldn't hire him.

Final verdict: See the design consistency, fonts, colors to understand the right designer. A Pro will always stand out amongst the crowd of 1 million or billion.

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#4. Check for the reviews given by clients for the particular skill only before hiring a designer.

We have seen in recent times that freelancer tend to change their field of experience time to time.

For example, A WordPress web developer doesn't see that there is much to gain in WordPress development and there is a lot of completion so he switches to trending technology like video editing or less paying gigs like Virtual assistant or was designing templates for email marketing firm. who knows? Right!

So the catch is to find the relevant years of experience. How can you do that? Here are the tips and tricks.

  • Check for education background. Most of the time to be safe you should be looking for Computer Science professionals.
  • Check for the employment history. See if they have past history working on the skills you need.
  • Check for the review in that particular skill.
  • Check if they brag about being a self proclaimed PRO, if they do? Avoid them.

Final Verdict: Avoid freelancers who brag about years of experience and stuff like that, Go for techies who are straight forward.

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#5. Does he give the right quote? Does the freelancer throw low bids just to get the work?

So, when you post your job on platforms like Upwork, Freelancer or Fiverr, you will receive tons of offers from different category of freelancers like Intermediate, Experts.

They will also be sending a write-up as to what they can offer and for how much.

So depending on your budget say you need a one page webflow website for $500. so how do you choose the right one? Here is the trick.

  • Freelancer1 has ten 5 star reviews + 2 years of experience + shares 3 portfolio and Bids $580.
  • Freelancer2 has two 5 star reviews + 10 years of experience + shares 10 portfolio and Bids $150.

Which one you will choose? Do let me know your thoughts in comment below.

Final Verdict: Go for VALUE not the price.

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#6. Clear out what access the freelancer needs before hiring.

We often make mistakes after we hire a freelancer and he asks for ADMIN ACCESS. Like seriously? Sometimes they ask for mail access? Would you share your email access for a project?

The answer is obviously NO! So what do you do? Here is the right way to go about it.

  • See if you can give access from you dashboard.
  • Do no give the admin access or privileges.
  • There are some platforms through which you can control access levels like Editor, Marketer. Particularly in web design platforms like Webflow, Wordpress. Choose these platforms only.

Final Verdict: Best way is to duplicate your project and send the copy of the duplicate project to your freelancer and ask them to work on those.

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Conclusion

So to sum-up the article I would like to bring in a few points if you have not read the full blog.

Top freelance platforms with ratings are:

  • Fiverr ( 5 Stars) ❤❤❤❤❤
  • Upwork ( 5 Stars) ❤❤❤❤❤
  • Freelancer ( 4 Stars) ❤❤❤❤
  • Toptal ( 4 Stars) ❤❤❤❤
  • People Per Hour ( 3 Stars) ❤❤❤

Few Important Points:

  • If you can afford go for freelancers bidding +$50 of your budget.
  • Never hire low ballers as they will damage your reputation and waste time.
  • 10 years of experience doesn't give the Pro badge.
  • A professional designer will takes work very seriously and deliver high quality website.
  • Always have your project brief ready before hiring.
  • Never give admin access unless you have worked before.
  • Always make a copy or create backup before allowing anyone to work on your project.

Hope this helps, do let me know your thoughts in comment.