Finding the Right Designer
The usual way I would look for a designer (or any other service or product ) is by referrals. If that is not possible I then look in places like Elance or 99 Designs, someplace reputable.
But I was looking for someone specifically in my niche, a Work At Home Mom. Why? For the simple reason that if she is good I would love to refer her to my readers and friends. And I love to support WAHM’s. Plain and simple.
The search was on. I was looking for work at home mom who designs banners.
I didn’t want to rush this, I did my research. I searched many WAHM sites and forums. I looked at prices, reviews, and samples of the work they had done. But what I liked was found at WAHAdventures.com. Miranda is part of the team there and I really liked her work.
I wanted Miranda to help me with a new look for my blog.
The rest was easy. I contacted her via email. I told her that I needed a banner and a logo, and that I was on a tight budget, meaning I can’t veer off into a whole redesign or new theme.
What happen next was perfect. She answered back quickly with a questionnaire for me. She was trying to get a feel of what I wanted and needed. She also briefed me on how she expected payments to be made, how the process with her works and how I will receive my products. Perfect. I love to know upfront before any work is started; no surprises, especially since I had never done this before.
I have to admit, I was a bit nervous. What if she didn’t understand what I needed? What if I hate what she presents to me? What if…
I didn’t need to worry. Her first design to me was awesome!! It did need some changes to what I preferred but she did them quickly and always with what felt like a smile in email form.
Over the course of the next couple of weeks she created and I sent feedback for the banner, logo, social icons and favicon. At any given stage of the design development the only tweaks were minor like a color or size change.
What a refreshing experience I had with Miranda. I swear she was in my head the whole time. From knowing I was on a budget and working within that, to knowing pretty much exactly what I wanted for my blog.
Miranda is to the point, no wasted time or money and so pleasant to do work with. I am so happy with my fresh look!
Feel free to contact her at Design By Miranda.
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