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This is probably the most overlooked but also the best bang for the buck way to go with an ecommerce website. A freelance designer is usually a professional that can keep their costs down because they don’t have to pay for expensive office space. Freelance designers often work out of their homes but can often provide higher quality services than the more expensive design firms. There are several sites where you can post your project and freelance designers will bid on your project. This way you will get a large number of bids and you can see the portfolio of each designer and see their other customer's comments. Most freelancers will also allow you to contact previous clients for references. Be as specific as possible when posting a project. This will ensure that you get the most accurate price for your project.
Make sure your freelance designer has experience designing ecommerce sites. Unless you have a lot of time, it is probably not the best to be the first ecommerce site for a designer.
You may also be able to get a free ecommerce website from a designer that is looking to create a portfolio. Search web design forums and freelance forums for this type of proposal. This is rare but it does happen, you just have to be in the right place at the right time.
Freelance designers can do more than make a site for you. If your product information pages need more content, you can hire a freelancer to write content for your site. There are even freelancers that specialize in marketing, that can help your site gain exposure. There are thousands of individuals that can help any aspect of your site, and this is often a more affordable method to complete your project.
There is no cost to post a project so it never hurts to post at multiple freelance sites. There are dozens more sites like these, but these stand out in their quality and ease of use.
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