Why should you use a freelance web designer?

This is why you should hire me to help with your web project.


I started developing websites in Shoreditch, London in 2008. I since then have honed an ability to quickly work out what you need and how to achieve it.

Fixed rates

I try to only work on fixed fee for a fixed specification. This allows us both to know what the price will be - nothing hidden, no sneaky extras at the end. If we need to add something I will quote it separately during the project.


I build long lasting business relationships with my clients by being honest and transparent. These values are at the heart of my professional character.


I'm a freelance web designer as my full time job and focus - if I say I'll get it done, I will. I am no fly-by-night and I am committed to producing a website that exceeds your expectations.


I don't dodge phone calls, I don't ignore emails. Try it now - Watch how quickly I get back to you.


This means the buck stops here. I am the only one you need to talk to about your project. If there's something I can't do, I can usually recommend someone to do it for you.

Unique Websites

None of my design work is ever taken from pre-made themes or designs. I build websites from scratch for site performance and security.

Designer and Developer

Being the architect and the builder makes your life easier by ensuring there is nothing lost in translation. Also I can ensure the design of your site is actually achievable when built into a website.

Friendly & Approachable

I pride myself on being approachable and friendly because it makes it easier for communication between us and it's just nice to be nice.

07580 338557 / john@johncarter.co.uk

Should we use a freelance web designer or an agency?

When you need a website designed and developed you have to face the question of "should we use a digital agency or a freelancer?".

The difference is not always obvious, as some "agencies" are just one man bands with either, many strings to their bow or a team of freelancers.


When working with an agency you are paying for a full team of designers, developers, copywriters, marketers, project managers, coffee machines, chillout areas, chatting time, etc.

Freelancers are more competitive because they have fewer overheads.


Web design agencies will want to have more control of the project, they usually have a rigid process which they follow and you will need to comply.

When you use a freelancer; we will work with you on the project, meaning you will have more control on the project and we can often offer more flexibility.


A common misconception with working with freelancers is that is risky - while that maybe if you choose a newly established freelancer.

Properly vetting your web professional will avoid risk. You can ask me for my references, check reviews on Google or view my portfolio.


Due to the processes that agencies provide, you may find that the project timeline is longer than you expect.

A freelancer that manages their time well can often beat an agency on turnaround time.

Skill Set

Any good freelancer knows to not spread themselves too thinly.

Inevitably as a web designer you need to have a wide range of knowledge about development, design, marketing and SEO. Being a jack-of-all trades is not really an option.

This is where an agency can help out - if you want one company dealing with everything including PPC campaigns, email marketing, social media, content creation then you probably need to hire an agency.

In Summary

The real difference between an agency and freelancer is: coverage of roles and budget.

If you need a full digital marketing campaign including the kitchen sink with the budget to match - you should probably get an agency in.

If you want to pick your own team of professionals then give me a shout and I can cover your web development, digital design and offer advice on SEO.