How to Start a Web Design Business
March 8, 2013
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This is a general interest article and not based on any specific school , or the experience of our graduates.
If you’re thinking of building a business around your Web design skills, be sure to first review our steps to becoming a Web Design entrepreneur.
Step 1: Think Like an Entrepreneur
To say that new business sometimes fail is an understatement. In fact, Webdesiger Depot explains that most of them fail within the first year.* To reach goals in the Web design business world, you need that confident and resourceful entrepreneurial mindset. Maintain contacts, update your Web design knowledge, become a business expert, and never doubt that you can succeed. With the proper resources and attitude, your new Web design business can experience victories.
Step 2: Set Realistic Expectations
The world of Web design is complicated, and making your own business out of it can be even more so. Know that business might start slowly as you get the hang of pursuing design opportunities, finding employees to implement designs, and knowing what your customers want out of their websites. At the same time, be sure to challenge yourself by setting ambitious goals.
Step 3: Overcome Challenges
Some of your biggest challenges can come at unexpected times. Don’t let unforeseen problems cause you to doubt your abilities or potential. Having a team to back you up during difficult times can prevent failure. Hire a bookkeeper, someone to find Web design opportunities, and someone to complete the actual design work. While your Web development skills are useful for starting a company, you can’t do it all on your own. Recruit your most trusted and skilled contacts to join your entrepreneurial vision.
*O’Nolan, John (2011) “Starting a Web Design Business.” Webdesigner Depot. Retrieved from http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2011/01/starting-a-web-design-business/