This week we are doing things a little differently because I have put together a little mini-series for you all surrounding the topic of websites and how they can help you build your business online.  You will get a new concept each day on how you can either get started with your own website if you haven’t already or how you can build up your existing site and get more out of it.

In this episode, we cover the pros and cons to outsourcing a website vs building one on your own and help you figure out which option is best for you.

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Key Concepts Discussed In This Episode:

Are you ready to get going on building your website for your business — but you can’t decide whether you should try and do the work yourself or hire someone else to do it for you?  You can take comfort in the fact that there are so many people that struggle with this very same thing.  I am here to help you through this decision by going through the good and the bad factors of getting your business online with a website.

Building A Website Yourself VS Outsourcing

Save money doing the work yourself.  You could get started with a website for as little as $50 (in some cases, though this does vary).  By not having to pay someone else for the actual service of doing it for you, you could potentially save some room in your budget.

It takes a lot of time doing it yourself.  It will take a lot of effort not only to build the initial site that you want for your business, but even more time trying to just figure out where to start and what processes to take in order to complete the project in a timely manner.

Communication is key to a successful project.  When you are working with someone else and trying to tell them how you want everything to look on your site, you may have to deal with communication challenges and also making sure that you are both available to work on the project at the same time.

Building a website is a skill all in its own.  Just like your craft and skill that you have, learning how to create a website takes time and effort.  This is a skill you may not have, or at the very least have the time (or patience) to want to figure it out on your own.

Still not sure which decision is right for you?  Both have their pros and their cons and you must take the time to weigh each side to see which situation best fits your business and your schedule.

To guide you through this process of making a decision on whether or not you should build the site yourself or hire someone else to do it for you, I have put together a short six-question survey for you to answer.

Outsource Or DIY?

Answer the following questions as truthfully as you can.  If you answer “yes” to the majority of these questions then you likely can figure out and learn how to build a website on your own.  If you answer “no” to a few or all then I recommend looking for someone to help you with this project.

  1. Are you a startup with little to no start up funds to invest in your business yet?
  2. Do you have a MINIMUM of 30 hours to put into building and setting up your business website?
  3. Do you have 5-20 hours to regularly update your site?
  4. Are you willing to take the time and effort it will take to learn how to build a website (on top of the hours and effort it will take to initially build it)?
  5. Do you have a business that you would like to scale quickly (or at the very least at a steady pace)?
  6. Do you have a friend or family member that is knowledgable about websites and would be willing to teach you in their spare time?

After answering these questions, you should have a better idea on whether or not you should build your business website yourself or outsource it to someone else.

Websites For Business

Thanks for listening to Passion In Business.  This week is all about building and creating an online presence for your brand and business through  personalized websites.  We are covering everything from my story and how to get started to how to build, promote, and enjoy your website.

Don’t get caught in the holiday season without a way for your customers to easily find you and send you their money.  Ready to get online?  Head over to the Web Design page to start working with me and get your website built quickly, efficiently, and affordably.

I look forward to working with you and helping you get your business online!

See ya on the other side.

Part One

How To Get Started As A Web Designer

Listen To All Of The Episodes On Websites For Business

Part Two

Why You Need To Get Online

Part Three

Build Your Own VS Outsourcing

Part Four

How To Promote Your Website

Part Five

How To Personalize Your Site

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