If your business requires a customized design and you have the resources to pay for it, a Professional Website Design might be your best option. However, even simple designs will start at about $2,000, whereas complex or large Websites could easily run ten times this starting price. And some large corporations (e.g. Cisco) have been known to spend millions on a single Website upgrade.
Precautions for hiring at Internet Services Vendor
It is strongly recommended that you get a minimum of two quotes and you should personally interview any firm under consideration. It is also suggested that you ask for client references from any firm you wish to consider, and then check these references yourself. Additionally, you should have any development contract reviewed by a qualified professional attorney.
How to find a Website Design Firm?
An excellent place to start when looking for a website design firm is asking around the interested industry for recommendations. If a specific company or location has a website model that is appealing and also matches your companies needs, asking for a template or the company's designer will provide an access point.
If you live in Northern California, you can check with your local SBDC to see if they have any recommended service providers in this category. Visit the Find an SBDC Near You page on the Northern California SBDC Lead Center Website (www.norcalsbdc.org).
If you live outside Northern California you can search for nearby SBDCs at the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) Website (www.asbdc-us.org).
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Golden Gate Better Business Bureau (www.goldengate.bbb.org) has a listing of Web Design Providers from their list of Accredited Business Directory:
Web Design Providers (from Golden Gate BBB Accredited Business Directory)