Every business needs a website, and over the past couple of years that has become more and more true. Love it or hate it, if your business isn’t online, to anyone searching for your products of services, you don’t exist. So, here’s the question: how do you get a website for your business? Well, this is actually a pretty complicated question. Let’s take a look at the options.
Signup for a drag and drop service like Square Space or WIX
At first, this seams like a pretty solid option, and for some business owners this is definitely the way to go. These services offer professional design, hosting, and even e-commerce storefronts. In a nutshell, you’ll get to select from a collection of templates, and start entering your text, images, and videos. Sound good, right?
As soon as you log in and start to work, you realize these are hugely complex tools. There are a ton of options, features, and settings you’ll need to spend time getting familiar with. You’ll need to write all of your own copy, find all of your own photos, and layout balanced, professional looking pages that capture you users attention. To be completely honest, that’s a full time job.
For business owners with tons of extra time, this could definitely be the way to go. But, I’m not sure I’ve ever met a business owner with loads of free time. Lets look at the next logical option.
Work with a Professional Design Agency
Working with an agency can be a very rewarding, and transformational experience for your business. Not only do you benefit from a whole team of dedicated professionals, you’ll have the option of buying additional services from most agencies, including marketing and branding. Where this is usually the way to go, there is a pretty big barrier to working with a professional agency: time and money.
“So, how much does a simple website cost?” I think most people would be surprised to see the sheer number of zeros on the end of their invoice while working with a professional agency. With an entry fee up to $15,000 just to get your site up and running, and the potential for a six to nine month turn around, working with an agency isn’t always an option for small business owners and start ups. So where does that leave us?
Get a friend, or someone from Craig’s List
Faced with the crazy time investment of building a site on your own, and incredibly steep agency fees, a lot of people turn to friends or relatives to build a site for them. Posting an add on Craig’s List is another popular approach. Not to say that you’ll never find what you’re looking for, the chances of getting a professional quality website from either of these options is pretty, let’s say…low.
Welcome to Flyrbord
We’ve dedicated a ton of time to building a framework that allows us to deliver agency quality results on a real-world timeline. We’re dedicated to taking the best pieces from traditional approaches to website design and development, and building them into a balanced mix of flexibility, value, and professional results. We believe that every business owner should have access to professional web services, without forking over their life savings.
For more info on who we are and what me stand for, check out our Company page.