If you have ever dreamed of creating your own highly profitable web design business, whether as a solo freelancer, full sized agency or consulting firm, then this course is for you. You will learn the essentials for starting and running a successful web business along with hints and tips to educate you about common issues and how to deal with them. Everyone wants a passive income and making money with a web design business is a great path towards meeting those goals.
When getting started in the web design business you should know the following:
Customer service in the web design business is much like it is with any other business.
This script can help you when cold calling or contacting a potential client via a referral
Be prepared when meeting a potential client. This worksheet will provide you with a good basis for indicating how well prepared and professional you are in the web design business.
This document will help you to find out what your client needs help with even if they do not know themeselves.
Having a company profile and policy program shows your client that your business is professional and well prepared to represent them.
Project pricing can be tricky and a bit of give and take.
A cost estimate worksheet for web design features and modules.
This is an example of a preliminary web project proposal, prior to an actual work agreement or contract.
The importance of protecting your web design business from a legal standpoint
This is an EXAMPLE of a Work Agreement or Contract. It contains many of the important aspects that you need to protect your business. I would highly recommend that you contact an attorney to prepare your own version of this Agreement/Contract, according to your local laws, and not copy or use it as is.
A copyright statement can be extremely helpful for both you and your clients
This Freelance Agreement is something you can use personally or perhaps if you need to outsource some of a web design project that you are working on
How to encourage the growth of your web design business
Standing out as an authority in your business will help you gain credibility, resulting in a better, stronger client base.
A portfolio is a vitally important piece to any web design business
Some tips for pricing your web design services. Think about the size and demographics of your business. Do you want to work in niche areas or take on all interested parties?
An ideal way to keep your clients by your side is via an email list
Any business has it's share of mistakes and things that they "wish never happened"
There is always the danger of taking on too much yourself and becoming overwhelmed. Also, the possibilities of making mistakes increases when you try to do too much or have not spent enough time learning what you NEED to know.
Can I really derive a passive income for my web design business? Yes, you certainly can! Web hosting is an excellent passive income but there are many other ways you can leverage your web design business to also provide you with a passive (or semi passive) income.
Thank you so much for participating in this course. We wish you tremendous success in your new web design business!
It can often be confusing when a client wishes to sell online and does not know what type of e-commerce system to implement. This guide will help you to point out the pros and cons, along with the features of the various e-commerce shopping cart platforms.
Here is a an ever evolving list of "must have" resources for web professionals. We will be adding to this list regularly.
Owner of Alpine Web Media, a web design agency started in 1995. We have designed websites for over 500 clients all over the world. Experience includes all facets of web design plus, social media, SEO, web video, web hosting services, e-commerce and much more.
We have worked with companies as large as IBM and companies as small as sole proprietors.