Three Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Your Web Designer

by in Clarity , Entrepreneur , Interaction , Marketing , Writing

Do you want to build your dream business and make money online? Heck yeah– me too! But as you know there are many pieces to the website puzzle when you want a beautiful online presence.

In today’s post I am giving you a peek into my client lounge by sharing my signature Get Your Content Live checklist.

Please feel free to swipe this info + deploy for your own business.

mistakes to avoid when hiring a designerIf you want to get your content live as soon as possible one of the most important relationships you can build is with your designer. I have laid out some ways you can be sure that your relationship with your designer is stellar.

Before we dive in, it’s best to write your website content or hire a copywriter (ahem, wink wink) before you head over to your designer. I’ll explain why a little further down.  

Here are the top three mistakes + how to avoid them when you are working with your website designer:


#1 :: Settling for a designer that’s meh when you really want magnificent.

There are tons of designers out there + it’s really important that you find the one that matches your aesthetic. Please don’t settle!

How do you know if the designer is the right fit for you?

  • Ask for samples
  • Interview the designer about their working process.
  • The final step is to ask for references


#2 :: Showing up to your designer without having all of your ducks in a row.

This is like showing up to your CPA without all your bank statements. If you want to avoid that scenario with your designer then here’s what you can bring to the first meeting:

  • Bio (that speaks best to your ideal customer)
  • Website Content Examples (include your likes + dislikes)
  • Testimonials
  • Completed Customer Surveys
  • Ideal Customer Information


Ideally, it would be good to conduct a customer survey with five of your customers. If you want to tackle this before writing the website content that will lay the foundation for a website that converts onlookers into customers.


#3 :: Talk about how your content will go live + build out your end game plan.

It’s really important to make sure you’re on the same page with the designer about where you’re at in the process of organizing your website. Be sure to give them a complete list of designer tasks (showing this list to your designer will help to confirm if they are a good match).

I wouldn’t recommend sending over the website content before it’s ready to post. If you plan on revising what you send over to the designer it’s really important to be upfront about that.

They may want to charge a higher price for multiple revisions, + if at all possible it’s best to show up with your polished content from the start of your design project.

Another option might be for you or someone on your team to post the revisions after the designer has handed over the website.


Crossing the finish line, it’s time to take the plunge with your designer.

Remember to breathe + here’s another handy checklist outlining what you should have ready to go for the designer:

  • If you hired me then your final approved content will be ready, muah!
  • Professional, Branded Photos Representing You + Your Business
  • Ideal Customer Information
  • Vibe Board (Pinterest board or collection of your fave design photos)
  • Website Design Examples (include your likes + dislikes)
  • Logos + Branding Provisions (if you have it already)
  • Testimonials
  • Testimonial Photos & Videos
  • Charity Alliance Logos


Phew– nice work on getting this far. I look forward to seeing your content live + rockin’. It’s all about revealing your greatness (this is your money maker by the way) + amplifying your voice!

With Luminosity,

Sarah Grear




P.S. If you are local to Los Angeles I will will be giving a free DIY Website Writing Workshop at the Arcadia Holistic Chamber, March 18 (Tuesday) starting at 6:45 pm. Click HERE for details.







    • Tahira Mitchell

      at 16:15:44

      Love this Sarah… What significant information. Thanks a bunch♥️

      • Sarah Grear

        at 16:19:47

        You’re so welcome xo

    • Ann

      at 12:21:12

      I might just figure out a way to come to that workshop in Arcadia!

      • Sarah Grear

        at 22:07:31

        Would love to have you there Ann!

    • Vicky

      at 16:47:15


      #2 is the most important. If your ducks are not in a row, don’t bother hiring a designer. It will end up costing you so much more in the long run.

      • Sarah Grear

        at 22:06:56

        Vicky I think people are really intimidated by designers and CPAs. Hopefully this post will give people a little confidence boost when hiring both 😉



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