6 Options for Low Budget Web Design / Development Projects

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Sometime freelance web designers / developers, especially who are just getting started face clients who have very limited budgets. There might be clients who under estimate to make a website. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be in the frustrating with that situation any more, because there are some options for it. I will share tips for freelancers who need to make low-budget projects work.

1. Limit Things What They Want to Implement

Let’s start to talk with your clients what are their “must have’s” and think priority first. And explain them that they cannot get everything they want with low budget like “Time vs Money vs Quality” says. Give them an estimate for a website that will include everything they are looking for, and also a proposal for a website that will fit within their budget. It will be easier for them to compare with 2 options.

2. Customize Templates or Themes

You’ll find many website templates or CMS such as WordPress, Drupal or Magento themes. The differences of free and paid version are mainly their functions and license. The advantage to use these downloadable templates is you will be able to make a website within their budget, and also you can save your time to work on it. They will need to pay for only template (if it’s paid template) + customize fee.

The quality of templates and themes will certainly vary greatly, but in recent years you will find thousands of high quality templates even it’s free. Select some of them by layout and show them your clients.

You’ll find great templates and themes here:

3. Create Your Own Templates or Themes

It’s a similar way above, but difference is templates that you will use are created by you. It will take time to create templates at the first, but you will save your time to find templates and you don’t have to check the license every time once you’ve made them.

This is especially a good way if you find that you have a lot of potential clients that are looking for websites that are similar in some way. For example, restaurant websites will need a menu, booking form, open hours and location. You will easily make similar websites after you created a template for it. Also you will be able to approach potential clients who are on the same field.

4. Using CSS Framework

“Framework” sounds like for Ruby or PHP. CSS framework will reduce development time and ensure cross-browser compatibility when working with CSS. You can create layout or apply cool design when you add class attribute which CSS framework provides. Most of CSS frameworks include JavaScript plugins as well so you will be able to add image galleries or modal windows. It would be easy to make a website from scratch, however you are not going to save your time a lot because it requires coding anyways.

Bootstrap
Twitter provides cool CSS framework, Bootstrap. Bootstrap is packed with many features: A 12-column responsive grid, dozens of components, JavaScript plugins, typography, form controls, and even a web-based Customizer to make Bootstrap your own. Of course there are more CSS frameworks that you can try. Don’t forget to check the license to use!

5. Outsource

You always don’t have to work from A to Z by yourself. Although a client’s budget may be smaller than you would need in order to do the work yourself, there may be options to outsource the work to another freelance designer or developer who can do the work for a lower cost. Works of from PSD to HTML markup or HTML to WordPress theme are often used. Normally it would save the costs.

There are popular websites for outsourcing other freelancers:

6. Using Web Services


You can create your website by just drag and drop on a browser as I shared in a blog these days. You can save money a lot if you use those web services. The cost that clients have to pay is web service fee (mostly pay per month) and customise fee for colour scheme or a background image.

These are some web services for creating a website as quick as a wink:

There will be more options that you can offer to your clients. How do you handle low budget projects?

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