Step 1 is to reach out. I'll break down the process for ya in the beginning and I'll also guide you throughout the process. I'll let you know where we are at with every phase and where we're headed next.
Well take a look around and see if you get a good feeling from my style and personality, and I encourage you to do the same with the other designers. It's very important that you vibe with your designer!
You approve every phase along the way so there are no surprises. If there's something your aren't happy with in any particular phase then we'll get them right before moving on to the next.
As a business owner myself, I completely understand the fear of adding ANOTHER task to the to-do list. My goal is to take as much off your shoulders as possible. Most of your responsibilities will be in the beginning like sharing your vision/goals and sending me your assets. Then it's mostly just being available to respond with approvals/feedback in a timely manner, usually around 1-2 times a week throughout the process.
I'll do a couple things to help you out here.
1) At the end of the process I'll record a video tutorial showing the ins and outs of making updates.
2) I optimize the 'back end' so it's clear what you can play with and what you shouldn't.
You can, but honestly I don't recommend it. So many of my clients have been business owners who first tried to design and build their website themselves only to learn the hard way that it's much harder (and time consumming) than it looks, unfortunately resulting in a lot of wasted time and money. And in my humble opinion, it usually shows when a site was self-built which can't be a great impression visitors get.
Not at all. I'll go into detail with you about how my process works. Usually, the most technical it gets for you is sending me your assets and website domain/host information. I can walk you through anything you don't understand.
Before doing any designing or building, you and I will chat about your business/industry and clientele. I'll create mockups to make sure you like everything before building. But also feel free to look at other examples of my work now to try and get a feel for my style.