So are good designers, who actually have time to work with you, and bother to LISTEN to you about what you want.
I was lucky to have come across Will of Will Thorpe Intelligent Design via my logo contest. He has great communication and really cared about what worked for me and my business.
He's designed multiple logos for my shop - my two signature favorites are from the black and green series:
He created really wonderful gift certificates for me as well, which I'd show here, but I find figure out how to put a "Void" across them! They'll be in the shop again for the 2012 holiday season.
Best of all, I don't have to do my own banners anymore. I don't know about you, but I HATE photoshop. He's fast, and has a good eye.
You can see the VAST improvement from my own attempts:
I had originally looked for a designer on Etsy, but the rates were outside the range I wanted to pay, and their product looked like cookie cutters, producing essentially the same thing for each client. Need a guy who actually pays attention? Contact Will and see what he can do to make your business a little more polished. Speaking of that, I need to be thinking about my summer banners.
It's just so hard when it's SNOWING in March!