I finished up this blog design for Jessica N Designs today! I love the soft vintage feel of it!
I also wanted to let you know that I changed my design services page slightly. The Blog Design information now includes additional information and optional features. I actually had to bump my pricing up a tad for blog design as well, and here's why....
I had originally started offering blog design on Wonder Forest at a cheap introductory rate, but the response has been so great (a bit overwhelming at times) that it was time to change a few things. I wanted to offer this service to the blogging community because I love it. That's it, simply put. This is my favourite type of design style to do, and I am comfortable with it. I wanted to share the love! On top of this, I am also still running my design company... though the work over there has been slower, I am still doing some regular jobs.
Which brings me to my next topic... pricing. I was thinking about this earlier today and then I just happened to land upon Gina's post today about pricing. Being in the handmade biz, a lot of shop owners seem to think that they need to price their stuff competitively... which is totally fine if you're concerned about your competition, but it's not ok when you undercut yourself. Basically, she said everything I wanted to say in her post, so read it!
Why am I talking about this? Because design services are kind of the same thing. I received an email from someone blasting some of my prices recently and wanted to mention it. A lot of people have issues paying for something that they can find cheaper elsewhere. Sure, you can get a website made cheaper, but you're also sacrificing quality and knowledge. I know what you'll get from the other guys, and I know what you'll get from me. This isn't to say that I charge ridiculous amounts of money for my work, in fact I try to stay pretty fair and in-line with other designers doing the same thing, and actually I would consider my current prices on this blog incredibly cheap. I just don't want to find that I'm doing way more than I should be doing for the cost of the work. If I was doing this design stuff through my actual company, I can guarantee you that the cost would be much, much greater... and the funny thing is, I spend the same amount of time on both!
Do you guys know WagJag? It's one of those sites like Groupon where local businesses can share deals. I had been speaking with a rep over there about offering some of my web design services to the community. She sent me information back, along with an example of another web design firm that recently did a deal on their site. This web design firm was charging only $99 for a 5 page website plus a year of free hosting. "Could you offer something like that?" she asked. Umm, are you serious lady? I would be a broke joke! Web hosting for a year alone costs about $80. I tried to explain to her how there are large web design firms that spin out websites all day long, using standard pre-made templates and simply switching up the title/name. Then there are people like me, who actually care about what they do and work for hours.. even days... straight customizing a design to your exact needs. $99? It's an insult to designers everywhere.
I just wanted to get this out the before I start taking on too much to handle. My blog design clients thus far have been amazing and I couldn't have asked for better people to work with, seriously!
If you're interested in checking out my services, go here!
Curious to know, what do you consider "too expensive"?