My awkward mistake that led me to use an experienced professional

Whether it’s building your website, editing your book, writing your product descriptions or proofreading your blog posts, using a trained, experienced professional pays huge dividends.

Nothing struck me. No spelling mistakes. No missing punctuation.

I went back to the message: a screenshot said ‘There has been a critical error on this website’.

Then the comments and messages began trickling in: can’t read, error, link not working. I tried a few fixes, and then read the results of my site’s health check. Not in need of intensive care, but the diagnosis – of which I didn’t understand a single word – indicated the need for some surgery.

And then I had a moment of clarity.

I’m not good at this, so I shouldn’t do it. It will make things worse. And I’m wasting my time. I really need a professional web developer to take a look at it.

Thanks to the wonderful freelance community that is Rachel’s List, I found The Design People. Nic diagnosed the problem, fixed it, and even added a contact form to my site – all within a couple of hours.

This is the best money I have spent in forever.

Here’s what I’ve learned about working with a good professional

  • You can’t be good at everything. Use a professional rather than wasting time trying to fix something you know nothing about. You’ll have a much better quality outcome.
  • Paying somebody to do what they’re good at (and you’re not) actually saves money by saving time – I could get on with my work while Nic sorted my site.
  • A fresh pair of eyes can pick up a problem much better than your own when you’ve been labouring at something for hours/days/weeks. Professionalism and attention to detail will lead to polished and professional output.
  • A professional has resources and tools you don’t have, and knows how to use them.
  • Having a supportive professional community around you who’ll let you know when you’ve stuffed up (in the nicest way) is something money can’t buy. Thanks to all of you – you know who you are!

(And now you really can read about using a proofreader for your self-published book here.)

One thought on “My awkward mistake that led me to use an experienced professional

  1. Too true! I shudder when I think of the frustrating hours I used to waste trying to format reports, only to see them scramble when I tried to save or print the documents – hours I been able to use productively by using your services!

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