“We are trying to hire a web designer for our new nonprofit website but none of us are technically sound.”
This was a question that was posted a while ago on a LinkedIn group forum. It was great to see a lot of people engaged in this, but every answer was just a duplicate of another answer before it. It was either “Oh, I’m a designer and can help you! Email me [here]” or the typical, HOW to find a web designer (Google this and that, sending an RFP to design houses, ask for a portfolio), and all the boring ways to find a web designer.
But have you ever considered contacting a current website that you really like and asking for their help?
Every day, we run into very many sites. So I am sure there are at least 1-3 sites a day that you must sit back and think, “Wow, I really like this website!” So, if you like it, and you see that it is done and functional, why not contact that website to see if you could get the contact info for whoever designed the site?
If you are really lucky, if it’s a nonprofit website, normally the person or company who made the website donated their time in exchange for their name and link at the bottom of the nonprofit’s website. Look down there, too.
And if you are really lucky, maybe the website was designed by an in-house employee. And the reason I say “really lucky” is that you could negotiate with them to see if they’d help you build your website, thus blossoming a potentially new and exciting partnership.
So instead of sifting through portfolio websites, sending RFP’s to freelance designers, and asking around, why not just ask a fellow nonprofit with a killer website for their help?