Lets kick off with the obvious one everyone and every business will have at one point considered. Because we are a small company, we do not have anywhere near the overheads of an established agency such as office space (we work out of our homes on our personal computers) and staff so here is an immediate and tangible saving that you as a client can make. Through the years, we have made it a point to stay small while our network of professional experts reaches far and wide.
Because we work on a small business basis, we’re able to work irregular hours to compete, often more than the 5 days a week our agency counterparts work and as such you’ve got a much better chance of pushing your project through quickly with yapmedia since we will not opt to work on it outside of traditional office hours such as weekends or into the night. This isn’t to say that we continually work all the time of course! We’re still human, have families and love free time as much as everyone else.
If you’ve ever hired a larger agency in the past, you’ll find that usually you’ll deal with an account manager who then passes on your requirements and changes to a designer or developer to implement them, who then advises your account manager once done. It’s no use being a great designer in a never ending network of subordinates who can’t clearly communicate with their clients. We have excellent procedures in place for handling both the client liaison aspect of the project as well the actual implementation. This gives you the confidence that when you’re passing on your requirements for your project that you’re actually passing them directly to the person who will be in charge of every aspect of the work!
It’s easy for your project to become one of many when working with a larger agency with numerous employes. Many agencies tend to have at least one “flagship” client who demands more of their time and effort than all of the other “smaller” clients and often they’re paying for the privilege so naturally agencies will always find more time for these clients and perhaps a little less for the smaller jobs which of course are still important, are less important. A general rule of thumb with our mentality is that we work from project to project or have only a couple of projects active which means a greater level of focus on yours. The next point will explain what happens when the project requires a team because of it’s complexity.
At this point as a client you may be half convinced about trying our small business route when it comes to your next project but are perhaps thinking that if you hire an agency, you’re not only hiring someone who specializes purely in a couple areas but a complete solution which gives you access not only to a designer but also a developer, a copy writer and someone who specializes in search engine optimization. However, don’t for a second think that we don’t have great networks of contacts to get any jobs done. We stick together and work together on projects based purely on requirements rather than keeping all these staff on salary. By hiring an agency, you’ll get enough resource to complete your project with their multiple full time staff but the cost of the project will reflect this.
Dealing directly with the small business to be working on your project often shortens the time to completion of your project. We have found out through the years that the deadlines of our clients are oftentimes extremely short. There’s no chain involved in getting your requirements implemented and changes can be done straight away rather than falling into the inbox of a designer in an agency who may have 20 other jobs their boss has asked them to complete by the end of the day. Agencies often call in smaller contract like ours to work on projects that they don’t want to turn down but don’t have the in-house resource to complete at the time. I’ve worked on a number of projects as a contractor with a wide range of agencies. Why not consider removing the extra steps and cost from day one.
Many of the benefits listed above relate to the cost difference between hiring a large agency and a small business like ours. One of the aims of this list was to try and dispel some of the ideas clients have about small businesses who work for themselves and operate from home offices. I hope some of the pointers give you food for thought when you’re searching for someone to work on your next project and that you see the many benefits of making use of a small business like ours that utilizes expertise and quality through a dedicated team to accomplish great work.
In The Press
Las Haciendas Sober Living has used Topermedia for the last two years. We are very happy by all the work and creativity and professionalism that Topermedia has given to our business. We “are” and “will” continue the good working relationship we have built with Topermedia.
Tophermedia spent the time to not only get to know what I do, but made sure to make me feel like my line of work is important and valued. They really have a passions and love for design and making clients happy. Tophermedia is completely honest and transparent with everything.
Tophermedia recently redesigned our website and the process from start to finish was great. We really love our new website. Tophermedia is our go to company when we are in need of web and graphic design work as well. We at Cornerstone Packaging highly recommend Tophermedia.
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