Many many people come into my inbox looking for their first ever custom website design. And many of those people are within their first month of business. They stress to me that they are on a tight budget. They want to span their payment plan out across months and months as they are not yet making a profit in their business. This is what worries me. By all means stretch your payment plan to suite you. But if you are not yet making a profit within your business, NO!
So many people think that in order to have a legitimate business, you need the greatest website in the world. That is not the case. While yes it’s amazing to have something custom and bespoke just to you, most clients do not know the difference between a website template and a £2,000 custom design. You know the difference, I know the difference, and others in the industry know the difference. But to your average Joe, they just see a nice website.
Did you know, approximately 20% of small businesses fail within their first year, and 50% in their first 5 years? I have heard two main reasons for this in my time. Number one is new entrepreneurs not knowing how to manage their money. Number two is that someone will open a business, and it turns out it’s not really what they want to do. I can’t even tell you the amount of times someone comes to me for a website refresh because they “finally figured out what they want to do”. And these don’t tend to be small changes. For example, I have had an amazing lady who ran an online clothing store. In her website refresh she wanted to remove the store and add photography services instead. Or an interior designer who wanted to stop offering services and just blog.
If you are new in business, then you probably haven’t figured out your signature services yet. God knows mine changed often during my first year of business. The last thing we want, is for you to save up all of your pennies for a custom design, and then six months later it no longer suits your business.
That’s why here at Gillian Sarah we have options for all businesses. We don’t want you going into debt on your brand new business venture. We want you to thrive from the start! And then once you are pulling a profit, then we can talk custom work.
With over 45 themes to choose from (and that number is only going upwards). You can select a website layout that truly works for you and your current business. Plus, they are super easy to modify and customise for when you do want to make those changes. We all know you will be making at least some changes. And the best thing about these, they start from $47! For only $47 you can create your own online home and customise it to suit you and your business perfectly.
Our themes are extremely easy to modify and brand. It only take a few button clicks to update your fonts and colours to suit your business. And you can change all of the text and images, so the website is completely tailored to you. They are a great simple solution for new businesses, or even existing businesses that don’t feel they would benefit from a full custom design.
No more worrying about “but I don’t know how to use WordPress” either. All of our themes come with full video walkthroughs where I personally show you how to customise them. Or if that’s something you don’t have the time for, our full set-up add on will get you up and running within 5 business days. You won’t have to touch a thing!
Website templates are such a great (and wallet friendly) option and should definitely be explored. Who knows, you may even find the website of your dreams for a fraction of the cost and time it would take to have it created from scratch.