• Mikaela Vargas

What To Expect When Working With Pet Marketing Unleashed: Web Designs

Updated: Oct 30, 2020

Every web designer has their own process, prices, design style, platforms they work on, etc. So how are you supposed to know who to choose??

Honestly, my advice here is to not make your decision based on the details (i.e. how long it takes, how much it costs, etc.). You can work around any of those details, even if you think you can’t. What I truly recommend doing in order to make sure you get the best website possible is to decide based on the designer who is aligned more to YOU and your business.

Will you work well together? Do you like their design style? Do they seem to actually care about your business? 

However, in an effort to make your decision easier (whether it means working with me or choosing another designer), I’m going to go over some commonly asked questions, which goes over my process, how I split up payments, and other things you may be wondering!

Of course, I’m happy to go over any other questions you may have, but this is a great way to get started.

Let’s get to it!

1. What’s my role as the client? How much time will I need to dedicate to this project?

My goal is to try to make this process as easy as possible on you because I KNOW how busy you are! However, there is definitely some time to invest upfront before the project start date.

This includes:

  • Completing the web design questionnaire

  • Creating a Pinterest inspiration board (optional, but helpful for branding projects)

  • Upload photos/graphics needed

  • Depending on your project, the copy for your website

Each project comes with two rounds of web design edits. I do them in complete rounds so that everything can stay organized and can be most effective for both of our time. your website. A large factor in this is if Pet Marketing Unleashed will be handling the copy (text) for your website or if you will be writing it.

If you’re wanting a ballpark number, I’d say probably somewhere around 2 hours if we’re producing the copy for your website. If not, it can definitely take upwards of 5-6 hours.

This is the largest time investment you will have, and it will all be completed before the project begins. During the project, I will be in touch via email with any questions I may have during the project or if we’re approving logo concepts, etc.

Towards the end of the project, you have the opportunity to submit edits for the website. Honestly, most of my clients have very minimal edits, so I imagine this wouldn’t take too long to complete (20 minutes).

2. How many revisions do I get?

Each project comes with three hours of web design edits. I do them in two rounds so that everything can stay organized, thorough, and efficient for both of us.

If for some reason you want more edits (95% of clients don't need this), we can certainly add more hours at our current billable rate (depending on the scope of edits).

3. I really don’t understand anything about domains or hosting information. Do I have to do that myself?

Absolutely not! We’ve got you covered there. If you don’t know a lot about domains, it can be very confusing, so we make sure to handle all of the backend stuff to get your website up, live, and running!

4. Do I have to pay you monthly to maintain my website?

Nope! This is one of my favorite parts of my web designs because, with the delivery of your website, I actually create a tutorial for you on how to edit your website moving forward on your own! 

If you do need some additional help, I can certainly help. However, the goal here is that you can easily and quickly maintain it on your own in the future.

With platforms like Wordpress, you would probably need monthly maintenance. However, with Wix and Squarespace, everything is really taken care of with things like system updates, security checks, and new functionalities.

HOWEVER, please keep in mind, you should be updating your website frequently to help with your SEO. This means blogging, updating information to make sure it’s correct, etc.

5. Do you use templates?

With my Wix websites, I do not use templates, OR, if I do happen to use a template, it is sooooo completely different by the time I’m done with it, that you would have NO idea it was a template. Wix templates all have the same features, so there’s no harm in starting with one template because everything is customizable that you could essentially just transition it on your own from one template to another or to something 100% customizable. That’s the beauty with Wix (See why I use Wix here).

With Squarespace, yes, you have to use their templates and they have somewhat more limited customizations. The Squarespace templates are broken down into families. The Brine Family templates are the most customizable, which is the one I use for 99% of my clients. So, while the foundation of the website will remain from the template, designers (like me) can customize it to the point where you cannot tell that they are templated.

6. Can I see some of your other designs?

Of course. You can check out some of my other designs here.

I also have some blog posts that go into depth about what the process was like with individual clients:

7. How can I get started? What are the steps?

Wahoo, I’m so happy you’re interested in working with me. 

First things first, you can set up a call with me here and complete the associated form.

I will send over a questionnaire before we hop on the phone, so that I can make sure our time on the phone is most effective and I can gather all of the necessary information to prep for our call. 

After we get off the phone, I’ll send over a proposal, which also contains your contract and invoice if you choose to move forward. In order to secure a spot on my booking calendar, the contract must be signed and a 33% deposit will need to be submitted.

From there, I will send over all the onboarding instructions and we’ll get prepped for the project start (i.e. where all the fun begins!).

I hope this helps. Again, if you have any other questions, don't hesitate to reach out by simply emailing me at mikaela@petmarketingunleashed.com.


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