You finally take the leap to work with a developer on your latest custom web design project. You’re excited to see your unique and intentional design come to life without having to do any of the development yourself. But…then you get the website from your developer and wonder what in the world they were even looking at. You’re out hundreds or thousands of dollars, are going to miss your deadline, and are right back to where you started.
Gathering content from clients can be a constant struggle. It gets stressful fast to have to follow-up with someone repeatedly, wonder whether your project is going to continue, and determine how you’re going to manage when your next scheduled project starts when this one is already running behind.
Outsourcing any part of your small business is a big step. Heck, I remember when I hired my first VA for a few hours per month. I was intimidated, had no idea what the process would look like, and was worried about releasing some of the control I had over my business.
Handing-off something as vital as coding pieces of your design projects can be even more intimidating. Not only is this part of your business, but your client is depending on you to do a good job.
A couple weeks ago, we chatted about the most affordable and flexible way to work with a developer. If you checked out that post, you know we ended up talking about working with a developer on a monthly retainer basis. It’s a big step that feels super intimidating when you’re prepping to do it for the first time.
To help you get a better idea of what the process looks like from a designer’s point of view, today we’re going to take an inside look at the lovely Amanda’s experience! Her and I have worked together on a retainer basis since the beginning of 2017, so she definitely knows the ins and outs of what to expect.
You’d love to outsource some of the coding and techy aspects of your web design projects, but you’re among the many designers who hesitate about the cost of working with a developer.
I don’t blame you. Deciding to outsource custom development definitely adds to the cost of your packages and sometimes it’s just not reasonable to make that big price leap all at once.
The design industry is a saturated one. Especially if you’ve found yourself in a niche that involves small business owners or creative business owners. Someone can post in a Facebook group looking for a designer and within 20 minutes there are 50 comments on the post. All designers who want (or even need) the job.
The key to keeping yourself booked with clients in an industry like this is to make yourself stand out. If your services are laid out next to those 50 other people, what will make the potential client choose you? If you’re like a lot of the designers I’ve talked to, you’re not quite sure.
Managing web design projects where you collaborate with a developer is something I’ve seen a lot of questions on in the communities I’m a part of. No matter who you’re bringing into your process, having someone else to manage is a new way of thinking. And when you’re outsourcing something as important as development, it can feel a little intimidating.
Even designers who are seasoned pros when it comes to collaborating with a developer may not be doing things in the best way possible.
Something I hear all the time is that designers are out there working like crazy, putting in long hours, but aren’t seeing the profits they want to see. There’s a vision of those $5k months, where at least 50% of that can be pocketed, but it’s much easier dreamt of than done.
If you’re reading this post, I’m going to go ahead and assume that you’ve found yourself in that situation.