Date: 3/17/2015 7:02 PM UTC
As a small business owner in Sioux Falls, SD or anywhere really. It's your due diligence to take the time and do a little bit of research to find out the variances in prices and quality in the web design world. Not all web design is the same. Now understand I'm not up here trying to toot my own horn, but what I am saying is you need to treat your web designer like you would a personal trainer. Here is what I would recommend.
1. Take them through an interview and really find out what they can provide for you. Don't let anyone sell you on things you'll never need or use. Work with someone who understands your business goals and is willing to build a web presence to help achieve that. Here's an example, don't buy the extra SEO package when all your customers will be coming to your website directly.
2. Shop around. It's not enough to just trust the first guy you call and assume he's the best. Meet with several companies and really try and find someone who has a realistic budget to work with you, matches well in personality and takes genuine interest in your business.
3. Get a Quote up front. It's not uncommon and I even recommend getting a price quote up front for your future project. This will help lay out expectations of any future costs that might come into play. If a web design company takes the time to understand your project, the web quote should be spot on.
4. Ask for a timeline. Timelines are important when considering your business. You need to know that if you give your web company everything they need, they need to give you an idea of when the website or project will be done. Also, getting updates along the way is something you should ask for. Think of it like building a house, you'd like to see how they're doing and you should.
Once you've settled the four points I mentioned, it's time to hire that great Sioux Falls Web Company and get started. Remember, communication is good, progress can be slow at times but great website design companies will provide great products! Good luck building!