If your website's in need of some attention, it may be time to hire a web design professional. No clue where to begin your search? Peris Meeks, CEO and web designer of Los Angeles-based Micro Skeems offers the following recommendations:

Check for similarities: Choose a web designer who has created at least a handful of sites that are similar to what you have in mind. The design process will run much more smoothly if you’re both starting out on a similar footing.

Don’t be cheap: A basic informational website for a business (with no shopping cart functionality, for instance) will run about $2,500-$5,000. Sites that include a shopping cart start at about $10,000-$15,000 and can escalate depending on the number of products the business has to offer.

Phone a friend: Ask a friend or business peer for recommendations. Odds are you already know someone who knows someone who can recommend a good web designer.