How much does it cost to build a website?

That’s a great question, and it’s a lot like asking, “How much does it cost to build a house?”

It all depends on what you want.

First, let me make something perfectly clear: Websites can cost a lot of money. But we don’t do that kind of work. If we start discussing a website with you and it becomes clear you need an expensive website, either because you really do need it, or because you’re being stubborn and insisting on expensive features that you really don’t need… we will send you away. We won’t do the job!

I want you to understand how this part of our business came about. I have a lot of friends who run small businesses. I mean small! We’re talking businesses with only three, two… maybe only one person! And they need a website.

Among my friends who have these little one, two, and three person businesses, some of them make a lot of money. Big bucks. And they like to keep their expenses low. So they keep plenty.

Others are struggling. And they need a website, too. And they have to keep their expenses low.

The point is this: For a one-person shop, a website can’t be very expensive. And they can’t pay an ongoing retainer, or lots of maintenance or content update fees.

So a website will usually get done for $4000 or less. Often, a lot less.

In addition to that, there will be charges from the hosting company, probably ten to 15 bucks a month. And if you need them, you might have to pay for a shopping cart system, or for a sequential autoresponder. (And we might make a small commission on these items.)

What about a bigger business? We could probably charge them more, but that wouldn’t be very fair, would it? We might legitimately charge more for consulting, if we have to work with a committee, or coordinate things with an advertising agency, but if there’s too much of that we’ll probably opt out and let one of those expensive firms take the job.

You see, we’d rather get the work done quickly. Because when we’re done, we’re goin’ to Disneyland!