Web designers; have you ever thought about teaming up with a web developer?
I know that outsourcing work to a web developer can seem like a scary and costly process, but I promise you it’s easier and more affordable than you think.
Plus, there are so many benefits that come from with working with a developer. If you’ve been feeling stuck or stressed in your web design business, wondering how you can provide a higher level of service to your clients or even make more money, a developer could be the answer to your problems.
In this post, I’m going to be sharing some of the major benefits of working with a developer as a web designer.
You feel less stressed
How many times have you got yourself worked up because a client came to you with an issue that you didn’t know how to resolve?
Or maybe in the past, you’ve agreed to set up some functionality on a clients website, but when you actually came to do the work, it didn’t work like you were expecting it to?
Situations like that are stressful, and they completely take the pleasure out of your work.
Working with a developer will remove the stress from situations like these as they will be able to handy tricky questions and complex functionality for you. I promise you, you’ll feel less stressed and you’ll fall in love with your job all over again.
You have the freedom to design what ever you want
Have you ever had an incredible design idea for a website you’re working on, but have had to give it a miss because you don’t know how to make it a reality?
It’s incredibly frustrating when your development skills hold you back and prevent you from creating websites that you know your clients will adore and that will look amazing in your portfolio.
A web developer will be able to help you turn those ideas a reality so that you can design whatever you want to design without worrying about whether it’s possible to bring it to life or not.
Being able to offer more complex design will help you to stand out from the crowd, which in turn may help you to land more clients.
You can focus on what you do best
I’m guessing you became a web designer because you love designing and because you’re good at it, right?
So many web designers find themselves learning to code and learning how to develop websites, not because they want to or because they enjoy it, but because they feel like they have no other option if they want to offer web design as a service.
In the same way that many business owners hire accountants to deal with their finances because they don’t understand tax, or outsource their admin tasks to a virtual assistant because they find those tasks dull, you can outsource your development to someone who specialises in that one thing, and who actually enjoys it.
And then you can get back to doing what you started a business to do in the first place!
You get back so much time
Hands up if you’ve ever spent hours and hours Googling a solution to a coding problem that should seem easy to fix.
Don’t worry, you’re not the only one!
We all know that time is money, and the time that you waste on tricky coding tasks could be spent doing work that actually earns you money and that helps your business to move forward. So why not hand these tasks over to someone else, and in particular, someone who can deal with them a lot quicker than you can?
A coding problem that takes you over an hour to find a solution to might take a developer only 5 minutes to resolve. If you think about how much money you would lose being stuck of Google or Stack Overflow trying to get answers vs how much it would cost to outsource a developer to do the same task, I’m sure you’ll find it’s 100% a worthwhile investment.
You’ll have happier clients
We all want to give our clients the best experience possible so that they’re happy, more likely to hire you again and also more likely to recommend you to someone else.
Passing on your development work to someone who is an expert will result in websites that have fewer issues, that are easier to use and maintain, and that are better optimised for things like search engines, speed and accessibility. All of these factors will result in happy clients who will rave about you to everyone they know!
You can make more money
When I speak to designers about outsourcing their development work, the thing that designers worry about the most is the cost of hiring a developer. And I completely understand this fear.
But what if I told you that hiring a developer could make you more money?
If you’re handing off tasks such as full website development, or website support tasks, to someone else, you free up more time in your schedule to potentially take on more design work or create additional streams of income, which in turn will result in more money for you.
You can also charge a higher price for your web design packages because you can boast that you have an experienced developer on hand who will build a perfectly function, well optimised and easy to use website.
It will also help you to stand out from those designers who don’t work with a developer because you can offer more complex design and functionality, and better-optimised websites.
So, are you ready to team up with a developer?!
If you’re ready to reap the benefits of working with a web developer in your web design business then I would love to help you.
Click the links below to find out more about the two services I offer to web designers.
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