We receive inquiries from various entrepreneurs about the cost to build websites. For some of them that are just starting out, they have big ideas and are very optimistic about the success of their business through their websites. However, they tend to not account for the cost of their ideas which is usually a bit more than they budget for if they have a budget at all.
Usually, this is because they aren’t privy to the cost or the structure until we share with them the breakdown of their web project based on their ideas. At that point, they want to know ‘how much does it cost to build’ and ‘how long does it take to make a website’. In an effort to never crush their dreams, we provide the steps, timeframe, and the cost of their web project in phases.Do what you can to help any entrepreneur's dream become a reality! #entrepreneurslife #sharethelove Click To Tweet
This works out well for some. For others, they choose to either do it themselves or wait until they are ready financially to get it done professionally. Either way, we do what we can to help any entrepreneur’s dream become a reality. Let’s go over some details about the types of websites and the average cost of websites.
The Type of Website
So what type of website would you like to build? That’s the first question you want to get really clear on.
There are simple, informational websites: the one-pagers, lead/landing pages, or the ones with about 5 pages such as Home, About Us, Services, Blog, Contact Us pages. These are great to use to start your business to get your information up and out to the world. They are also great for different freebies you want to create to pull in more leads for your business. And even great for information about a product or service you’d like to promote or a resume/CV, or a pitch deck or any type of report (i.e. annual report) you’d like to make available online with downloadable content.
There are mid-size, custom functioning websites: the sites that promote events and allow people to sign-up for the event, or the booking systems that allow visitors to schedule appointments. These sites are great for the entrepreneur that is ready to take the CEO seat and run a business.
There are large-size, custom functioning websites: similar to the mid-size, custom functioning site yet larger with a few more features such as the ability to sell products from the site (eCommerce), book appointments, or register for online or offsite events.
And then we have the large, database driven websites: these are sites such as hospitality sites that require reservations/booking rooms and banquet halls, or an online store with over 1000 products, or real estate sites connecting to IDX systems.
Four Components That Make a Site
There are 4 basic components that make a website:
- Domain – You will need to register a domain name for your website. This is your address where your website is located on the world wide web.
- Hosting – This involves a server to store all of your web files, email accounts, databases, and scripts that causes your web presence to function.
- Design/look of your site – Your company branding is what drives the look of your web presence which includes optimized graphics throughout your website and in your blog posts.
- Features to help your site be a great business tool – There are many features to add to your site to help your visitors sign up, register for events, schedule for appointments with you, purchase your services/products, interact with you and your business, gather analytics to get to know your audience, optimize your site for SEO and load fast, and many more features that suits your business.
Let’s Get to the Costs
We’ve broken this down to 3 routes you can take to build a site that is suitable for your business and your business budget.
- You can do it yourself! Sometimes this option is best. If you’re just starting out and you didn’t actually factor in a budget to handle the the cost of building your website, doing it yourself can be a good option with great success. The cost ranges from $0 – $500. There are now many DIY website builders out there where you can put up a site with ease and no coding.
- You can go with a Professional website in the range of $500 – $2500 with ease. This can go up to $5000-$8000 with added features and a customized platform. Entrepreneurs that are upgrading from their DIY websites or those that are rebranding go with this type of site. Over time they upgrade to a well tailored site that suits the needs of their business and provide ease and a more upgraded user experience for their visitors potentially converting them into clients/customers/buyers.
- Most corporations and some small businesses go for the Enterprise website investing in amounts starting at $10,000. These are well developed, customized and complex websites.
There are many different routes to take to get your website just right for your business. You can choose platforms such as Squarespace or WordPress. If things become too technical for you to continue buidling your website this way, let us help you with it. Just contact us or click to chat (below) with our Success Team and we will get you just what you need.
Grab our FREE, editable website checklist to help you while building your WordPress website. It gives a few great tips.
Understanding the Base Price of a DIY WordPress Website
Are you deciding to go the DIY route to put your WordPress site? A typical breakdown of expenses required to get up and running might look something like this:
Hosting: $10/month – $30/month
Premium Theme: $50-$200
Premium Plugins: $15-$200 (each; some are one-time purchases, others are monthly/annual licenses.)
Rough Totals: $200-$1,000+
Turnkey WordPress Setup & Maintenance
Here’s a few models we’ve seen:
Hourly: $50-$100 per hour
Flat Rate: $500-$1000+
Monthly: $30-$50/month (in addition to the initial hourly or flat rate fees)
A-la-cart Extras: $100, $200, etc. per strategy document, training course, and so on.
Rough Totals: $500-$2,500+ (plus possible monthly or a-la-cart services)
Custom WordPress Design/Development
Many custom WordPress design and development work falls within the following price ranges:
Custom WordPress Theme: $3,000-$6,000 (for design and development)
Custom WordPress Website: $6,000-$15,000 (for design and development, with custom plugin functionality)
Custom WordPress eCommerce Site: $6,000-$20,000
Custom WordPress Web App: $15,000-$60,000+
Your website feels like a great deal when the value you get back in the form of it is greater than the money you invested. #success Click To Tweet
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how much something costs as long as you come away feeling like you have a great deal. That only happens when the value you get back in the form of your website is greater than the money you invested. This is just as possible at $20,000 as it is at $500. It’s all in how the process is managed.
As an entrepreneur or business owner, are you stressed and overwhelmed? Do you know how to clear your mind and not feel overwhelmed? Is your mind full, or are you mindful of what’s going on around you? When your mind is cluttered, you’ll never have the clarity and the calm that you need to do your best level CEO work. You’ll start to feel overwhelmed and burned out just because of the frantic pace of your life and your business.
If your mind is full and cluttered with to-dos and ideas that are nagging at you constantly everyday, it will have a negative impact on your life. It will slow you down, keep your energy low and you are never 100% present. This all leads to feeling overwhelmed and anxious. Often procrastinating the things you know need to get done, simply because you need to create the time and energy to actually start and/or see them through. You don’t have the energy for new projects that you know will help you get where you want to go in your life and for your business.It's time to move away from having a mind full of to-dos and tasks to being mindful, #aware of where we're spending our time and our energy. #wegotit #virtualassistants Click To Tweet
So, here’s the goal…FREE UP SOME SPACE! It’s time to move away from having a mind full of to-dos and tasks to being mindful – having an awareness of where we’re spending our time and our energy.
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Entrepreneurs know of the anxiety that comes from an unending to-do list.There are all of the little tasks that you continuously procrastinate on that you just don’t like doing or not proficient in doing; and would even avoid completely – but you know that it’s gonna bite you in the butt if you don’t get it done.
Then there’s the tasks that need to get done, but you end up using them as a way to constantly put off the bigger picture projects you know will grow your business. Now with a mind FULL to capacity of all these unending to-dos, is it any wonder that you find yourself exhausted and burned out?
It’s time to create some RELIEF!
Get the guide to do these two exercises! It brings instant clarity and lots relief! Find out which tasks to minimize, systematize, or even just stop doing completely! You deserve to have a well-balanced life with a successful business and a fulfilling personal life with family and friends. Stop carrying all of that weight. Grab the guide and start transforming that cluttered mind full of tasks and ideas into a strategic master to-do list that will help you be more successful in completing your goals.
We are here to help! Contact us today and move those tasks from your plate to ours.
One of the best ways to stay focused in growing your company by attracting more clients, making sales and growing profits is by keeping your business organized with the help of a virtual assistant. Having a virtual assistant that can help you with tasks is great! It’s deciding which tasks to outsource to your virtual assistant that can be a task especially when you’re just in the middle of starting and growing your business. Here are a few tasks you to look over to help you map out your week/day/month:
1. Web Development and Landing Pages Creation
Your website is the first thing that helps visitors build an impression on the nature of your business. It’s important to have a place where people can sign up to join your mailing list or get your products/services. With the help of a virtual assistant, you can take back your time so you can keep creating irresistible offers.
2. Email Management
Sometimes, it becomes a task to manage large volumes of emails that you receive in your inbox. You probably have newsletters and coupons and marketing emails coming in every day along with all your important business email. Sure, you could organize it yourself, but there’s SO MUCH. Virtual Assistants (VA) are pros at organization, so this is a job that’s perfect for us. A VA can come to your rescue by organizing your email, i.e. answering your mails on your behalf, checking promotional messages and deleting spam mails effectively.
3. Email Marketing
Your email list consists of a bunch of people that have signed up so they could hear more of your wisdom or grab lots of your goodies. These are also a bunch of potential customers! It’s important to send emails consistently to your list so they can remember you and why they signed up. A VA format and send those emails for you.
4. Opt-In Creation
Remember that email list you’re building? You also have to convince perfect strangers that you’re worth hearing more from. The best way to do this is to have an irresistible offer like a freebie or a lead magnet – mostly called an Opt-In! Your VA can totally handle putting together an opt-in for you. Outsourcing this to a VA can save you lots of time and stress.
5. Blog Post Content Creation with Editing
Blogging helps with SEO, it lets your customers learn your voice and it gives you great content to post on all your social media channels. This takes a LOT of time, especially if you’re not a natural writer. Depending on your relationship with your VA, you can take back a lot of time by letting your VA ghostwrite as well as edit your posts. You can even have them schedule them to post on your blog, including adding graphics and optimizing them for search engines.
6. Search Engine Optimization
It is the process of drawing in more traffic to your site from the search engine through search results. A VA would search the relevant keywords for your articles and blog content, and perform periodic assessment on the search engine analytics to send you a comprehensive report status of your business.
7. Video Editing
Yeah, if you played around enough in iMovie, you could probably figure it out. But why waste your time? You are already bringing the value in the content of the video. Let someone else take care of the editing.
8. Social Media Content Creation and Scheduling
This task may seem easy and quick, right?! Well, it is! And when you have to post all the time for your business, it adds up fast. Creating content such as finding or making graphics, figuring out what to actually post, compiling and sharing links, along with scheduling everything which includes making sure that you have actual content to share, organizing it in a way that makes sense and fits your brand, and making sure it’s posting at a time where it will reach your audience. Do that for just once social network and it can take a great bit of time. Do it for more than one social network and say ba-bye to a full afternoon. You don’t need that nonsense in your life! Give it to us! A VA can handle these tasks efficiently freeing up more time for you to handle your business.
9. Online Course Setup + Maintenance
Having an online course is a lot of work up front, yet a great way to bring in passive income. If you have content you want to share, your VA can help polish it up and make it ready for whatever platform you’ll be using to sell your course. The process of setting up a course can suck time right out of your schedule. From creating slides from the videos, making worksheets and workbooks for each lesson, editing the videos, stripping out the audio, and then uploading and organizing everything– this will be an excessive amount of work for our client! By outsourcing to us, you are able to focus on creating more content for the course!
Facts make your information credible. If you need help scouring the internet for an upcoming blog post or an ebook or anything you’re researching, hand it over to your trusty VA. Sure you might be able to do this one yourself, but imagine how many more things you could get done if you didn’t have to worry about the possibility of falling down an internet hole? Conducting online research can be extremely time-consuming. Outsource the research work to your VA who would look for any kind of information on the web for you. Don’t forget to share the important credentials, such as ids, passwords etc., along with specific instructions to get the best of their assistance.
There are many more tasks you can outsource to virtual assistants such as online marketing, app development, data presentations, bookkeeping, and much more. We provide VAs that specialize in different areas and work together to accomplish tasks. Once you let us know what you need, we get busy getting it done. Partner with a group of our VAs and take your business to the next level of success. Connect with us today!Your goal is to streamline, systematize, and outsource tasks so you can shift focus to what really drives your business. Click To Tweet