Small businesses are the backbone of the economy. You have probably experienced a great deal of responsibility that comes with being a small business owner. You have to wear so many hats that some just never get worn. The most common one is anything with marketing and design. This will include things like SEO, mobile, social media, content, and print ads.
We all know design matters but it is so hard to have the time and skill set to do it. I have included some inexpensive and some free resources that can help you do more with the limited time and money you have.
Use a Web Designer
Some design tasks are easy and you probably have time for it but others are worth hiring a professional for. Your website and logo are the faces of your company. If your design isn’t good then users tend to struggle with trusting the legitimacy of the site.
We offer a new 5 page/section website for only $300. You fill out a form giving us all the information you want and general feel of the site and our design expert gets to work. This is a great option if you don’t really know what you are going for but you have a general idea in mind or if your site just needs a facelift. We also offer WordPress maintenance at $50/hour if you need some things updated really quick but don’t have the time or know how to do it.
With 99designs you submit details on exactly what you are trying to find. You will get designs from several different designers for a set rate. You can then give feedback to the ones you like best and make a selection after the revision. The nice thing is they already have several designers so you don’t have to go searching to find one that you like; they handle it for you. They can handle everything from logos and business cards to branding and packaging.
As one of our trusted partners, RipeConcepts can take on any challenge. They are the most expensive on this list but also one of the most professional, you get what you pay for. They can design anything you need on any platform. They also offer SEO services to help you become more popular across Google.
Have you ever tried to hire someone to then realize they were not as good as you had hoped? This is where Freelancer comes in. You have the option of choosing a specific designer to do exactly what you are looking for, or you can run a contest and let people know what you are looking for and they will send their ideas to you and you pay for which one you choose.
Make your Own
If you can’t afford to hire help and have to do it yourself here are some great tools that help you look like a designer.
Canva is an absolute favorite of mine. There are tons of free templates, fonts, and stock photos that you can use to create your own flyers, business cards, anything you could ever need. You can still upload your own images and there is a paid version if you want even more.
Very similar to Canva. They focus more on social media image sizes and making sure you have the right size for everything you are doing.
ShopSite has the tools you need to build your e-commerce website with ease and equipped with a fully functioning shopping cart. It is user-friendly and designed for speed.
Finding Your Own Images
Here is a list of places to find free photos online.