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teraspawn
« on: July 22, 2005 01:20:37 PM »

So, all of you with selling websites:

How many of you made them yourself using a pre-built program (like Zencart or Paypal carts) or using your own programming, and how many of you hired someone to do it for you?  If so, how much did it cost and was it worth it?  If not, do you think that a contractor could have done a better job?  Or have any of you been paid to make selling websites for people? 

How about Etsy?  Has anyone had any problems with it?

(gee, that's a lot of questions all at once)
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2005 01:34:01 PM »

Tera-

I've never made a "selling site" for anyone per-se--- but it's not outside the scope of what I do with sites---  Pretty much that stuff is demystified at this point and a lot has fallen from the hands of the programmers and into the laps of the designers.   As a designer- you could expect to charge a client on an hourly rate anywhere from $20 (high school kids) up to $350+ (boutique design houses)- depending on what the client wants/how good you are/where you are geographically.  Ideally you would want a designer with a programming background or vice versa to customize the whole 'shopping cart' dilemma.

Geographic area, I'm finding actually has a lot to do with things.  I know my rates dropped when I first moved from the urban east coast area I was in to the slightly southern area on the coast just 'cause that's what the market could tolerate.  Luckily, I've gotten to improve my portfolio (worked with larger clients) and am back to being able to charge the premium.

Hopefully you can find a contractor with a marketing background- or a full-service group to take care of your needs.  This way, they can steer you in the proper direction both design-wise and sales-wise...

Hope that give some answers--- 
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