Determine your budget
- What is the scope of the project? What do we need the designer to do?
- What is our timeline? Do we need this done next week, next year, or somewhere in between?
- Is there going to be an on-going retainer after we’re done?
- Are there any unique features that we need the designer to implement?
Find a designer
- The designer is responsive to emails and willing to answer questions and concerns
- The designer has a great portfolio
- The designer has several referrals and testimonials
- The designer can provide a proposal with an outline of their services, timeline, and costs
- Start local – ask around your church and community to see if there is a local designer that you can hire.
- Get a couple different quotes – you don’t need to go with the first designer you contact.
- Find brands/websites/designs that you like, reach out to those organizations, and ask them for the name of the designer that they used. More often than not, they will provide their name and contact information as well as a testimonial of their experience with the designer.
- Send the designer a message and let them know that you’re interested in hiring them for a project. Let them know the scope of the project, the timeline, and your budget. It may be helpful for you to place all of this information in a single document to easily send to any designers that you contact. (RED FLAG: if the designer doesn’t have an easy way to start a project or get in touch with them, you may want to move on.)
- The designer should follow up with you and let you know that they can take on the project. They may have some additional questions at that time. You could also request a proposal from the designer so that you’re clear on all details of the project. (RED FLAG: if the designer doesn’t follow up within 48 hours, or they immediately push you to sign a contract and start the project, you may want to move on.)
- When you’ve found the designer that you want to hire, let them know. They’ll likely have you sign some kind of formal agreement (like a contract) that outlines the specifics of the project. They may also have you pay a deposit. Sign the contract, pay the deposit, and you’re ready to get started! Another thing that I’ll mention here is that you should reach out to the designers that you’ve contacted but have decided not to hire and let them know that you’re going with someone else. This is a nice courtesy and allows those designers to open their schedule for other projects. (RED FLAG: if your contract isn’t easy to understand and follow, you may want to move on.)
- Enjoy the process and know that YOU are in the driver’s seat. If something feels off, you don’t have to hire that person.
- A lot of designers prefer to take phone calls after they have the foundational information in place. It’s really helpful if you come to a designer with your budget, scope of the project, and timeline in hand.
- You get what you pay for.
PS – there are some uber talented designers in our Facebook group that love the (capital C) Church.