I know that nagging feeling in your head.
You think you need an authority blog design that is just designed for you to showcase your expertise and authority, right?
Something different that suits your need and make visitors notice you from 1000 miles.
Although, you may not need it from the beginning, you’ll need it sooner rather than later.
It is a matter of credibility.
Everyone start with a good premium theme and then switch off to a custom theme to stand out from the market.
Brian Clark of Copyblogger said that he spent just 1000 dollars when he started his blog back then in 2005, guess what he spent it on?
He said that it was just hosting and design. Yes, he paid nearly 1000$ to get a custom design when he just started in 2005 and he didn’t know if it will work or not. If you still not sure about the importance of design, check out How Design Could Impact The Success of Your Authority Site.
Although, I don’t suggest you to spend your first 1000$ on design, I just want to show you the importance of design.
And you don’t even need to pay thousands of dollars to grab your custom theme.
And this is what this post is all about.
You’ll discover how to get a custom theme without the need to pay thousands of dollars… are you ready?
I’m sure you guessed that this would come here in the first place.
On Upwork, you can find a lot of people with a lot of different skills to hire for a job you want. Luckily, one of the popular skills is web design.
You’ll find a whole range of prices from 5$/hr to 150$/hr.
You shouldn’t go with the low tier, and you don’t need to go with the highest tier, but if you could no problem.
You could always go with the medium tier.
Don’t try to save money on this, because you may have a beginner who spends an hour figuring another designer could do in less than 5 minutes.
You’ll waste your time, get lower quality work, and end up paying higher than you wanted.
So how could you hire a designer on UpWork?
Here is a step-by-step guide to help you get your first designer:
- Create a job description based on what you need. Be detailed in this part.
- Search for designers and see the ones who seem to be a good fit for your job. Invite 30+ designers
- Wait a few days and see the applications. Weed out the applications that didn’t follow your instructions in the job applications
- check the rest and follow up with them with questions needed.
- Shortlist the top 5 you think maybe a good job
- Interview them and go with the think is the best.
One thing is that I would suggest you to fire when needed. If you think after you start the process that things are not going well, stop it and don’t continue.
You will waste more money after that and the end result won’t be what you wanted.
Option #2: 99 Designs
99 designs is a site where you launch a contest and participants will compete to serve you and then pick the one you like most.
Having more than 1.2 million designers and tens of designers competing to serve you and get the money, you’re guaranteed to get the design you want.
Although I’ve not tried it for design, I tried it for a logo design for one of my old blogs and man, the amount of ideas I received are amazing.
These people know their stuff.
Here is how it works:
- You write a web design brief “a description”
- Choose the package that suits you
- Launch the contest and wait for the designs to come
- Give feedback
- Pick your best design one.
With this process, you’re guaranteed to have what you want.
You can read more about it here.
After that, you will need to code it.
Although, it may be a bit expensive, but having the different views of different designers is enough to help you adapt your design to be much better and suits your authority.
You can read more about Tom Ewer’s experience with his new design here, An In-Depth Look at the New Leaving Work Behind Design.
In addition to 99designs.com, there are also plenty of other logo design services out there to choose from. Perform a quick search on Google and search for “logo design service” and you will find plenty of options to choose from.
Getting a good custom design on a budget may seem hard sometimes. Most of the designers charge thousands of dollars for it.
And for me, these are the 2 resources that I turn to when I want to get some design work done. It doesn’t need to be a web design, it could be a logo design.
But if you have the money, I would suggest going with 99designs. I’m sure you’ll get what you need directly. It maybe even above your expectations.
Did you have any experience with custom design? Tell us below in the comments.