“Why do I need a website?”
Having an online presence is very important when you’re starting a business or trying to grow one. Times have changed, the internet is a giant business directory, and if you’re not taking advantage of it, you could be seriously missing out.
“I don’t need a website I have a Facebook page.”
Even if you get most of your business through networking and personal connections they will want to visit our your website. Having a well-designed website will give you instant credibility. After all, we live in a digital age, the likelihood of someone asking to see your website is very high.
Using social media such as Facebook as a platform for your business is great for keeping clients up to date with what you’re up to. However, Facebooks new algorithm update means your chances of being found organically has hit an all-time low! Plus in the last year, people have spent 50 million fewer hours on the platform than they did in 2017.
“I get enough business from word of mouth.”
How much business is “enough”? If you want to expand and grow a website is the way forward. 2.6 billion people use the internet every day, and 90% of those have purchased something or contacted a company online in the last 12 months. By now customers expect companies to have a website and they will not consider a company that doesn’t.
Having a website with the right amount of SEO in place means your website could be on the front page of google. Not to mention the instant credibility you’ll get from having your business and website on google maps (which is free by the way). Someone in your area could be googling for the exact service you provide right now. And you’re missing out!
” I don’t need a website because I’m not e-commerce or an online business.”
Wrong. Just because you’re not selling something online does not mean you do not need a website. People will visit your website to find out more about you, i.e. Who you are, What you do/offer, How do they contact you. We live in an age where people want information, and they want it now. If they have to go digging for your information they will move on. A large number of our clients are not e-commerce, and each one of them has seen growth and revenue from having a website.
Just think your website is there 24/7, it does not need to be locked up at night nor does it have to be cleaned (thank god). It doesn’t require much attention, and it does all of its work on its own.
“It’s too expensive and takes too long.”
Do not let the price of a website deter you from getting one. If you have a small budget get a smaller website with the basics and when you have more cash flow you can spice it up at a later date. Our websites start from £500 and can go upwards of £10,000, and it all depends on what you want.
Heres what goes into the cost of a website:
Domain name – This is your web address, i.e. www.ilovemynewwebsite.co.uk. Domains are not free, and they will cost £29.99 a year.
Hosting – Your website needs its own space on the internet almost like renting a room. Hosting costs £79.99 a year.
Design – Some designs are straightforward, others are more complex. The more customised your website is, the more expensive it will be.
Management – Including website updates and maintenance. Website changes like images, text, blogs etc. and general support will cost £19.99 a month.
As for websites taking to long to design it again depends on what kind of website you would like. If you want a simple website, you could be online in as little as a week.
“Okay, how do I get started.”
Good question. You can drop us a message via the form below and we can schedule a phone call or a meeting in our favourite coffee house right next to our office in London Liverpool Street.