How much does a website cost? Why $30,000 is a bargain.
One of the most common questions we're asked as web developers is, "How much does a website cost?" Oddly enough, it's never this initial question that's hard to answer, it's question number two: "Why so much?"
It usually takes at least a few seconds for potential clients to wipe the shock off their face when we throw out a price tag of, say, $30,000. And then comes question number three.
"For a website?!"
Yes, at first, $30,000 seems like a lot of money for a website, but I guarantee you it's a steal. The truth is, whether you pay $10K or $75K, websites are cheap at any cost.
What it costs is not important — it's the value of a website that really means something. Here's an analogy I've come up with to help everyone grasp the value of a website.
Your website is your employee
Imagine that you have just hired a new salesman named Bill. Here's everything you need to know about Bill:
- Bill works 24/7, 365 days a year. He never sleeps, never eats. His only purpose in life is to talk to your customers and promote your business.
- Bill is the perfect salesman. He knows everything about the company like the back of his hand, and can pitch it perfectly every time.
- Bill talks to hundreds of people every day. He can talk to them all at once and still give everybody one-on-one attention.
- Bill travels well. He can be anywhere in the world at any time, and multiple places at once if he needs to be. Best of all, he files no expense reports.
- Bill learns quickly. You'll only have to tell him once. For example, with just a couple of days of training he can learn to speak any language.
And now for the best part.
- Bill is cheap. I mean, really cheap. Let's assume your company employs Bill for three years — that initial $30,000 price tag comes out to a measly salary of $10,000/year. And the longer you work together, the cheaper he gets. And he'll never quit! Bananas!
Bill would be better off working at Burger King, wouldn't he? You pay this poor man $1.14 an hour, don't you? Yet he stands under your boot and works tirelessly around the clock for just one cause: your cause.
I can see it in your eyes. You kind of feel sorry for Bill now, don't you?
That is because you're crazy! Bill has no feelings, he's not a real person. He's a website. He's your website.
Now go out and try to find an actual person that will work that perfectly for 6,000 bones a year. Or try reducing the pay of your best employee to $1.14 an hour and see if he or she hangs around. Good luck!
How much does a website cost?
From your perspective, it shouldn't matter. A $30,000 website is a steal because its value is exponentially greater than its price tag.