Many people understand website builders are not a good option for building a website that you want to perform well. However, they also don’t have the money to hire an expensive website development agency to build the website for them so they turn to freelancers. The costs to develop a website with freelancers is sometimes more than they expect as well though.
What You Are Paying For
Not very often can you find a freelancer that can build every aspect of your website. They usually excel in only one or two areas of website development. Therefore, you need to ask them and understand their capabilities before you hire them.
Most freelancers are either front-end or back-end developers. Sometimes you will get a full-stack developer that can do both (which is what you want). However, they may not be good at website design, which is a whole other aspect of your website. If they aren’t, you will have to hire another freelancer for that part of the job.
The other aspect that many web development freelancers are not experienced in is copywriting. They leave all the content that goes into your website up to you. If you are not good with words, you will have to hire yet again another freelancer to do this part of the job.
What Else Do Freelancers Not Provide?
Unlike website builders and agencies, freelancers can not provide you with domain names or hosting. You will have to find someone else to provide that for you, costing you even more money.
Not to mention the fact that they don’t provide you with any security tools either or the ongoing maintenance. Once they are done coding your website, you have to protect and update your site as time goes on.
The Real Cost of Freelancers
The average freelance web developer charges about $7,875 for a full custom site code. From there though, you also need to factor in the price of:
- A content writer
- Security measure
- Domain name
- Update and maintenance
All these other aspects add up real quick and add more hassle to your already busy life.