Why local web developers aren’t cheap

So you want to hire (or pay) a local web developer, or web designer. You contact them (or the company, I will use these interchangeably) and after they find what you need they give you a price. You may be shocked at how high the price is. Here are a number of reasons why that price is high.

One of the most important reasons is because they focus more on quality over quantity. They do fewer projects, but they take longer to do and pay better. When they do that they also tend to be focused on the type of work they do, so they may only work with select audiences and only do certain things. This may frustrate you as you may have to go to many different companies to get a quote, or you may have to many different companies to get all the work done you want.

If someone cares more about quantity they tend to do the work for very cheap and to have it be done quickly so they can move onto the next project. They may also ask very few questions and want stuff like logins as quickly as possible.

The price is high because the company (or person) has expenses they have to pay, and those expenses would be higher than a 3rd world country. They have to pay their fair share of taxes, they have to pay their employees (if they have any), they have to pay for things that are required to do what you want, they have to pay for where they work, and much more.

When you get a higher price it also means the person (or company) have a higher rate / salary, or their time is worth more. They may also charge per project or per hour so the total may be really high.

Most of the time when you pay a higher price you get better quality, you get more time spent on your project, you pay for a good track record, and you pay them for the years it took them to get to this point.

I’m sure you may be thinking that you can contact the company that gave you the high quote price and haggle to a price that you think is more responsible. Please don’t do this. The price that was given to you is the price that the company will do it for. If you haggle, it shows you don’t respect the company that sent you the quote. As well, a majority of the time the company will just reject haggling out right and say something along the lines, that if you don’t like it then go find someone else who will do it for a price that is more in your price range. If you are thinking about haggling, don’t. Just say thanks to the company for the quote that the price is higher than you can afford right now, then go and find a company which fits more into your price range.

These are some of the reasons why a local web developer, or web designer, or anyone local has their price has high as they do. If someone’s price or quote is outside of your price range then ask them for another quote to do the couple of major things you need help with, then come back to them later for the complete list of things. There is always the option of hiring someone in a 3rd world country to get the work done for you but that isn’t something I would suggest.

This is post number 48 as part of 100 Days To Offload.

Additional reading / sources:
Why Quality Matters Over Quantity in Business – BBN Times
How Quality Over Quantity Could Change Your Life – Zaid K. Dahhaj
How To Work Out What To Charge Clients: The Honest Version – Smashing Magazine
Why Do Freelancers Charge Higher Rates? – Ed Eubanks
The Value of Time: How Much is Your Time Really Worth? – James Clear
The Value of Time – How to Charge What You’re Worth – Morten Rand-Hendriksen
The Great Pricing Debate: Hourly Rates vs. Project Pricing – Bidsketch
Low-Cost Web Development: Why Cheap Websites Aren’t Worth It – Red Letter Marketing
Avoid the Pitfalls of a Dodgy Web Developer – Topical Coast Web Design
Mistakes to avoid when hiring a new web development firm – Siftware
13 Ways to Tell Your Web Designer Is Ripping You Off – Jonroc
How to Avoid Web Design Scams – Nuts and Bolts Media