There can be some common elements you’ll see in all design proposals. But for Web design proposals there are certain elements that are crucial for creating a good relationship with your client from the start and for having a happy and returning client.
WHAT IS A WEBSITE DESIGN PROPOSAL?
A website design proposal is a fancy way of saying quote. A good proposal is always a way to show our customers that we are professional. It is also a tool to explain our customers: processes, design development and finally that professional design has a cost.
Remember always the most important part of creating a proposal: Never promise what you can’t accomplish, don’t fall for the gig and charge low fees. Be confident in your abilities.
Establishing this from the beginning will save you a lot of headaches as the Project develops. Be careful not to give too much away, just enough to give the client a good idea of what the site will look like. I usually establish:
- 3 mockups, choose 1
Once the client has choose a mock-up you must control the revisions, if not the Project can go forever in revisions.
- 2 different revisions page and sub page
Who is going to be the copywriter? Is it you or they are gong to provide it?
From the start establish where the images are coming from, this will save you a lot of money:
- Free stock photos
- Stock photos (is the client paying for right managed images?)
- The client provides the materials
Never work with images that are not established in the proposal: maybe you present a draft with a Stock Photo with Rights payments, or images from Google search and later regret it.
are you going to provide the hosting service, they have already a hosting service? If so It Works for the site you are developing?
7. Manage the domain
Renew it; change its DNS settings, status and administrative contact information.
Normally we try to establish a 50% upon signing the contract and 50% upon delivery of the finished project
There is another much better method:
Payments on Project advance. You must set up different stages:
- Draft, etc
- In each stage you charge a percentage of the Project total price. If you establish 4 different stages you will charge a 25% in the competition of each one.
With these you ensure that if you take more time in revisions or in any stage you are always collecting some part and you don’t have to wait for the Project to end to collect the 50% remaining.
For the client is much easier to pay this way because he is not paying a 50% for nothing (clients usually see the 50% in advance that way)
It is a win win scenario
You can find a Professional Design Proposal and a link to download it here: