Here're some common things we get asked.
I'm not in Australia. Can you work remotely?
Absolutely. We have customers in the US and the UK, as well as around Australia. We're good at working remotely.
How much will (xyz) cost?
That's a very good question! Websites can cost from hundreds to millions of dollars, and take hours or years to build. We don't really cater for either end of that spectrum. If you've got a very small budget, our advice is usually to save that budget! Instead, take advantage of free or cheap tools and services - tumblr.com, facebook, twitter, google places, etc, to make a start. Starting simply and cheaply will tell you what works - and what doesn't - for your business.
Be very wary of businesses offering very cheap websites. You'll often do just as well with a free option, and have money leftover to do other things with.
How do you work out cost?
The right way to find out how much time and money your project will cost is to work exactly what we need to build. That's our first step. All our work is charged at an hourly rate of AUD$120.
Why do I have to pay for a quote?
The right way to start a new project is to work out exactly what we need to build. We create a detailed list of every component of the site, and what it does. We're not concerned with how those functions will look or work at this stage, just that they're present. It's invaluable for everyone involved, because it forces us to think in detail about the job.
Without that list, we're just guessing. If we quoted without knowing what we have to build, you'll either pay too much, or find out part-way through that you've run out of budget. That's why we create our estimate from an agreed-upon list of requirements.
Of course, building this specification takes time, so we do charge a nominal fee for the work.
Another advantage to the specification is that you can use it to shop around! If you take it to other development studios to quote on, you'll know you're comparing apples to apples.