IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION
Learn what it takes to start your own web design business from home and start living life on your own terms.
If you've been thinking about working in web design, so you can do freelance work from home, or anywhere in the world, this course will give you all the tools you need to succeed.
It's easy to make mistakes when starting a new business, and this course is designed to save you time and money by minimizing those mistakes.
"Pure Quality! Christine does a fantastic job in explaining what it takes to start your own web design business. Not only is the provided material of high value, but Christine goes above and beyond with offering additional assistance. If you have any questions, she is right there to help. I am more than satisfied with this course." - Vincent M Aceto
As a bonus, this course will give many of the documents you'll need in your business including: contracts, proposals, questionnaires and more. You will also get access to an exclusive web design business Facebook group.
If you've got some web design know-how, this course will help you establish yourself as a professional, so you can work from home, or remotely from anywhere.
This course won't teach you how to code, but it will teach you how to launch, manage, and run a profitable web design business.
Content and Overview
After a brief introduction, you'll learn how to establish yourself in the web design industry by working within a particular niche, so you differentiate yourself from your competition.
Then, you'll get tips for building your portfolio, if you don't already have one or are looking to update yours. You'll even get ideas for what to name your business.
Lay the groundwork for your success by learning how to productize some of your offerings that you can reuse to save time. You'll learn to package your work and upsell clients.
Plus, you'll also get tips and tools to help you better manage your finances.
"Excellent Course! A very comprehensive course on how to start a home web design business. Christine is a great trainer that will guide you along the way to achieve your objective in taking this course. Highly recommended!" - Vanda Chan
Communication is critical to the success of your business, so you'll get strategies for communicating with clients, creating long-term relationships, and establishing expectations that will ensure your continued success.
You'll also learn the key strategies to finding ideal customers and how to keep them happy.
By the end of this course, you'll be prepared to launch your web design business from home or from anywhere in the world.
You'll walk away with the skills to be able to minimize the risk of starting a new business and employ tried and tested techniques to boost profits. Best of all, you'll be on the road to being your own boss.
Of course you'll need to be able to build a website (although you can learn how to do that in a weekend and I'll point you in the right direction for that) but it might surprise you that your web design skills are NOT the most important skill you will need to succeed in this business.
Started a home web design business can be done completely for free. In fact, I recommend it. Let's take a look at the tools you can use to operate your business for free (and without sacrificing on quality of course!).
The truth is you can set-up a web design business without even knowing how to code. I did it for years! Before you starting doubting that you can do this, listen to this.
Succeeding with a home web design business will be much easier if you focus on a particular niche. You certainly don't have to but you'll make more money that way. In Finding Your Niche we explore the pros and cons of focusing on a niche or serving anyone, as well as, how to select a niche to get started.
When you're first getting started setting up your web design business, putting a portfolio together quickly so you can start making money can be difficult depending on how you go about it.
In this lecture we explore multiple ways to quickly put a web design portfolio together so you can start showing off your work and start making money as fast as possible.
Deciding on what to charge your customers can be overwhelming. While picking a price you're thinking that you don't want to charge too much and lose work but you don't want to charge too little and not make enough money.
In this lecture we walk through the strategies you can use to establish your prices so you can easily compete with other web designers while not charging too little and losing well deserved money.
Taking the time to fully understand the work involved with each web design project is imperative to your success. Asking a few extra questions can literally save you tons of time while working on a project.
In this lecture I give you the questions you will need to ask your customers upfront so you will understand what the customer is looking for and deliver the project in a timely fashion (and get paid quickly!).
When a customer calls you about having a website created, they will no doubt be looking for a quote. In this lecture we look at how you can send a professional proposal to a customer in a matter of just a few minutes.
We also explore the different parts of a proposal so you know what to include.
When a customer is ready to move forward with you, you'll want to make sure to sign a contract. It's a good idea to outline what you can expect from them as the customer and what they can expect from you as the web designer.
In this lecture we look at how you can send a professional contract to a customer in a matter of just a few minutes.
We also explore the different parts of a web design contract so you don't miss anything important.
Having a process for completing projects will keep both you (and your team if you have one) on track so you can quickly complete projects and make more money.
A process will simply keep you more organized and take the guess work out of what you should be working on.
In this lecture we explore how to set-up a process that works for you so that you can make the most money.
While working with customers it's important to stay in control of the project and set boundaries. This is done in a professional manner of course and using the system we walk through in this course you will easily establish expectations with your customers that they will understand and respect.
Let's spend a few minutes looking at how to ensure you set professional boundaries so projects are completed on time, you make the most money and your customers walk away happy.
Customers will almost always attempt to ask you to do more than what you agreed to. It can be difficult to manage these requests, especially when you are trying to keep a customer happy.
After this lecture you'll be able to better handle these customer requests so both you and the customer stay happy.
Once you have complete the project it's important to have your customer test the website and provide you with a final round of feedback. Once they have approved the website you can get paid!
Once you've walked through this lecture you will know what to ask the customer to specifically do when they test their new website and how to request feedback so you can stay on schedule.
In this lecture we'll look at the benefits of training customers to manage their own websites...to a degree anyway!
I'll show you what you'll want to teach them and how to do it.
As the professional we often put our customer's happiness and needs ahead of our own. The more we do this the more our work suffers and the less money we end up making.
It doesn't have to be this way though. After this lecture you'll be better equipped to make sure your customer stays happy throughout the whole process while at the same time you remain happy and continue to thrive.
This is what will keep you in the business long-term and help you avoid burnout.
There is really nothing better than getting ongoing work that you don't have to ask for.
After you finish this lecture you'll have 11 ways to get new and repeat work without having to ask for it. The process you have set-up will make this super easy to incorporate.
Many web designers neglect their own website putting their customer's website first. Although you always want to get your customer's website done, it's important to set aside time to keep your website up-to-date. Your average website could be costing you more money than you realize.
Here we'll also look at what are the important elements every web designer should have on their own portfolio website.
Especially when you're first getting started, finding new customers who will hire you can be difficult if you don't know where to look.
I've pulled together 13 ways you can find new customers without having to spend any money on advertising.
Christine is the founder of the Portable Entrepreneur where she directly helps web design and SEO startups through education, coaching and services.
Christine has been a web designer for nearly 15 years - 10 of which she has been self-employed. Her work has taken her from working for some start-up dot com companies in the early 2000's to working as a contractor for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense to her own home office.
In her time, she has built 100's of websites and blogs primarily on WordPress and Joomla. Christine has also provided training to individuals and businesses to help them manage their websites on their own with no knowledge of web coding.