Creating a strong website presence for your business in today’s market will take your business to the next level. It can be the perfect salesman 24 hours a day, 365 day a year. It needs to represent you and your company in a professional manner and give potential clients what they want and quickly.
Keep all these things in mind when you consider negotiating the price of your website design project. How much are you willing to invest in your online business? Compare it to what you would be paying to lease an office space every month. Or paying an employee to reach the potential clients that your website could reach, not to mention having to worry about how your sales person represents themselves to your clients when you’re not around.
In negotiating price for your website project, It can’t hurt to ask as long as you are respectful and not insulting. Don’t say things like “my uncle will do it for $10 an hour.” That will put up a wall immediately when it comes to negotiation.
Since website designs are normally based on the amount of pages you need, negotiation usually boils down to promotions and package size (10 pages, 30 pages, etc) choices. You can choose a smaller package and update the site later if you don’t have much of a budget. Ask if you can start with a smaller package and upgrade it in the future. You can also ask if they offer any promotions which might include a Flash presentation, a few hours design time, basic SEO additions.
If you have done your homework and know you’ve picked a great company to build your online business, you should see the value in working with them. Negotiating shouldn’t be necessary at this point. You have to keep in mind, your website, if created by professionals, will more than pay for itself ten times over.