The Cost of Budget Web Solutions
Any time you invest in a web solution, there are costs that come with it. If you hire an expert web developer, you pay upfront, you pay a high bill, and you get a good high bill result typically. Now, if you go the budget route, there are a few things to consider that I’ve learned over time, and I’ve hired budget web developers because, as an expert, I can kind of shore up the difference for their mistakes. I found one thing that was really common and kind of untalked about is hourly budget web developers, so if you go for like a $15 an hour developer and a $30 web developer an hour, you end up sometimes seeing people adjust their hours.
For instance, I’m a high hourly developer, and I tend to adjust down If I make a mistake and it’s on me, I’m okay with saying, “Even though this project took 5 and a half hours, I’m only gonna bill for 5 because I just don’t think it’s fair to give them the extra 30 minutes that I spent fixing my own mistakes.” But an entry-level web developer is going to bill you for their time. If they take four hours on a project, you’re getting billed for every minute of that, whereas someone who perceives their value to be a little less than their hourly rate may round down.
What you do to cut through the red tape and know what you’re going to get is you look at their work history. You see how many hours they bill for a project and what kind of outcome they get so that way you get a really good idea for their efficiency. As an expert, I am very efficient compared to my contemporaries. I feel strongly about this because I’ve done many challenging projects and oftentimes work with people that have worked with developers in the past, and they comment and say that, you know, my work quality is better, faster, what have you, than a previous developer. And I take great pride in constantly learning and improving.
So when it comes to working with a less skilled developer, be a little bit more patient. Know what you’re getting into. Also, there are certain mistakes people make. When they’re a beginner, they don’t know that they might crash your website. If you have an existing site, be careful. Back things up. Make sure that a beginner web developer doesn’t mess things up. And if you can, put them on a staging site to make them do all their work off the front line.
If you don’t have a staging site, just download a backup. Make sure your site is safe in the event they break something. The real cost comes down to making sure that you find someone who makes sense for the skill required to implement your ideal outcome. If you don’t need a highly skilled web developer like myself, that’s okay. Invest in what’s worth it to you.
If you have $1,000 to work on a site, invest three-fourths of that in the web developer and have some wiggle room for if things go wrong because you always need to plan for the unexpected when it comes to a website because the unexpected does happen.
Now, the more skilled the developer, the less likely you are to have to deal with the consequences of the unexpected because I’ve seen quite a few crazy things, and know how to solve problems very quickly. A beginner web developer might come across a problem that could take them hours, if not days to fix, so just be very careful. The cost is potentially high, and when you know what you’re coming into, it really mitigates the risk of making sure you get a good outcome.
So in short, your outcome on a project is determined by your ability to discern the value of a developer from their skills and rate. Experience typically comes with an increase in efficiency and an increased ability to quickly overcome obstacles. Furthermore, this means a higher likelihood of a top-quality outcome on an accurate timeline. If you know this before investing in a dev, you can account for whatever level of risk with which you feel comfortable.
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