The world is barreling headfirst into an age in which your clients value your online reputation as highly as your offline one. The first thing your clients will do when they have a problem that needs solving is search for solutions online. Don’t get us wrong, word of mouth is still as valuable as it was 20 years ago, but by not having a professional, user-friendly website, you’re shooting your business in its metaphorical foot.
Some businesses might take the chance on using websites like Wix, WordPress or Squarespace where they could essentially build a stunning website at a fraction of the price of hiring a web developer and/or designer. These websites are definitely affordable, but like anyone who has gotten a tattoo from a skeevy parlour or bought a way-too-cheap car can tell you, you get what you pay for. If you’re using your website as more than just an online CV or portfolio, you need the help of an expert. However, these experts aren’t always easy to find.
How to Spot A Scammer
You might think recognising dishonesty is easy. I mean, you’ve never accepted that Nigerian prince’s offer to send you millions via email, right? Wrong. Some scammers have invested a huge amount of time, effort and money into their scams. They might come off as friendly and enthusiastic about your project and still trick you out of a fortune. Here are a few red flags that could indicate that your developer is actually a cheat in disguise:
Scammers can set you back months in terms of costs and time, so make sure you check your developer’s reviews, portfolio, and history before you pull out your wallet.
How to Find an Awesome Developer or Designer
Working with a qualified, professional developer means you’ll get what you pay for when you need it. Professional web developers can be recognised by the following:
A great web developer can not only boost your business by creating a stunning website, but they can also work with you in terms of SEO, digital marketing, and website changes or updates. Even if your developer might not be able to offer all of these services themselves, they should be able to connect you with service providers who can. In the end, developers are people too. Regardless of what you do, as long as you do it with honesty, enthusiasm and integrity, you’ll walk away feeling better for it. Trust your gut feeling when working with anyone – not just developers – and do your research in advance to make sure you won’t get stranded in scam central ever again.