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Re: [newtech-1] Inexpensive web design.. 99designs?

From: user 1.
Sent on: Thursday, March 14, 2013 12:53 PM

I think you're setting yourself up for a negative on this project. Producing a decent site with the functionality described for under $1,000 isn't realistic. In the end, the Exec Director likely won't be satisfied with the result or you'll be resentful -- or both. 

What the non-profit needs is a fundraiser and/or a marketing or public relations professional who can turn that $1,000 into a realistic budget with which you can craft a powerful site. 

A bootstrapped site isn't going to position the organization to grow its revenue or more effectively fulfill its mission. A well-thought, properly budgeted site can produce this, but you clearly need more than $1,000 and your good intentions.

I've found honesty and an ability to say 'no' are often powerful ways to grow one's business, respect one's clients and associates, and protect oneself.

If the non-profit has even a lukewarm mission, a modest fundraising campaign can generate the resources needed to build a proper and compelling website.


On Mar 14, 2013, at 11:30 AM, Peter Frasca <[address removed]> wrote:

So, I've been asked by a very small non-profit (essentially as a favor to the executive director) to take on the task of updating their fairly antiquated website. It's not terrible but certainly quite dated.

It's a hosted Wordpress site that's going to need to be able to integrate an e-commerce feature. The non-profit provides some very basic reporting and they currently require people to send in checks or pay in cash at the home office in Maryland.

My first thought, as budget is a huge concern (this has to come in under $1,000), is to use 99designs. I've never used them before so I'm wondering if anyone else has and what their impression was. Also, if there is an alternative, I'm all ears.



Peter Frasca

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