Start and Run a Successful Web Design Business from Home

Start your own web design business this week by following this step-by-step action course and make your goal a reality
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  • Lectures 80
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English, captions
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Course Description


  • Students of this course get access to our exclusive web design business Facebook group where we provide feedback and share tips and resources to help you start and grow your business.
  • Over 13,135+ successful students enrolled and 621 positive reviews!
  • Daily discussions for you to join in (Instructor is available inside for questions)


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.

  • Get a Piece of the $20 Billion Dollar Web Design Industry
  • Learn the 3 different ways to make money as a web designer
  • Choose a niche, so you can charge 'expert' rates
  • Develop your client roster and keep the projects flowing
  • Gain 11 techniques for upselling clients and boosting profits
  • Turn Your Hobby Into a Profitable Business.
  • Get advice from a professional and skip the new business learning curve.

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.

What are the requirements?

  • No experience is needed to set-up this business - just the drive to put what's learned into action
  • Find time to focus on following the step-by-step action plan in the course to set-up your business

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Be able to have your new web design business up and running by the end of this course by following the step-by-step action plan provided
  • Web Design business documents to download and use in your business (including proposal, contract, and more!)
  • Access to the instructor for any feedback, questions and assistance needed to make setting up your home web design business a reality
  • Learn how to find new web design customers, keep the ones you have and continually increase your income
  • Understand what to do to get clients to hire you over anyone else
  • Learn what (free) tools you can use to save your money while still providing a high quality service to your customers
  • Learn how to put together a web design portfolio quickly and easily if you don't already have one to get started
  • Understand the important sections of a web design proposal and contract - and download one provided that you can tweak and use for your business
  • Learn how to set-up your service so you can finish projects quickly, keep customers happy and ultimately make money faster

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who is willing to work hard to set-up their business while they have support from a successful home web design business owner
  • Anyone who wants or needs to start making money from home
  • Anyone who is looking for a business they can run part-time or full-time to supplement their income
  • Anyone from anywhere in the world (with internet access of course!) can start this business

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Home Web Design Business - Biggest Online Opportunity Today! Getting Started
What This Course Is (And Is Not)
The Instructor's Experience With Running a Home Web Design Business
Free Support From Me As You Set-Up Your Business: Let's Make This Happen!
An Invitation to the Web Design & SEO Business Mastermind Group on Facebook
Section 2: Getting Started With a Home Web Design Business

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!).

3 Different Methods for Making Money in This Business
Complete These Action Steps to Start Setting Up Your Business Today (Section 1)
Section 3: The Biggest Secret to Success: Establishing Your Expertise
Section Overview: Establishing Your Expertise

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.

5 Ways to Find a Niche to Make the Most Money From Your Web Design Business
Real Examples of Web Design Companies Who Have Selected a Niche

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.

2 Tactics for Selecting Your Web Design Business Name
Complete These Action Steps to Start Setting Up Your Business Today (Section 2)
Section 4: Setting Yourself Up for Success: How to Do Things Once That You Can Reuse
Section Overview: Getting Set-Up

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.

Designing a Website to a Customer's Taste and Not Your Own

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.

The Best Tools for Tracking Your Business Finances
Complete These Action Steps to Start Setting Up Your Business Today (Section 3)
Section 5: The Secrets to Easy Customer Communication
Section Overview: Customer Communication

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.

Complete These Action Steps to Start Setting Up Your Business Today (Section 4)
Section 6: How to Be Successful Long-Term: Completing the Project & Cashing In
Section Overview: Dealing With Clients

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 a degree anyway!

I'll show you what you'll want to teach them and how to do it.

Complete These Action Steps to Start Setting Up Your Business Today (Section 5)
Section 7: The Secret to Keeping You and Your Customers Happy
Section Overview: Creating Happy Clients

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.

How to Establish Boundaries With Clients So Everyone Is Happy and Efficient
How to Handle Urgent, After Hours and Holiday Website Update Requests

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.

Complete These Action Steps to Start Setting Up Your Business Today (Section 6)
Section 8: How to Professionally Handle Client Complaints & Fire Bad Clients
What We're Going to Cover in Handling Client Complaints Like a Pro
The 6 Step Process for Handling Client Complaints (So You Can Keep Your Clients)
Identifying a Client Worth Firing & Why It's Important to Fire Some Clients
How to (Professionally) Fire Those Clients You Just Can't Stand
Section 9: Finding Customers to Get Your Business Off The Ground
Section Overview: Establishing Your Expertise

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.

Examples of Real Web Design Company Websites for You to Compare
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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.

11 Ways to Upsell a Web Design Customer for Max Profits
12 Websites for Finding Freelance Web Design Work
Selling Ongoing Website Maintenance Plans to Your Customers
Complete These Action Steps to Start Setting Up Your Business Today (Section 7)
Section 10: Legal Business & Banking Topics
Business Registration, Licenses & Insurance - What Do I Need?
Banking & Taxes - What Do I Need?
A Resource Checklist for Starting a Web Design Business
2 pages
Section 11: Selling Your Web Design and SEO Business
What We're Going to Cover in Selling Your Web Design and SEO Business
Why You May Want to Sell Your Home Web Design and SEO Business
Setting Up Your Business to Sell & What Potential Buyers Are Looking For
Is Your Business Set-Up To Sell? A Checklist - DOWNLOAD & USE
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The Importance of Your Business Name When It Comes Time to Sell
Name Your Price - How to Know What Your Business is Worth
How to Sell Your Business & Where to Find Buyers
Section 12: Sample Web Design Business Documents For You To Download & Use In Your Business
A Note About Using The Sample Documents in This Course
2 pages

I mentioned several documents in this course and you are free to download, edit and use these documents for your own business.

Here you'll find a sample web design proposal you can use for your business. This will help you put together a proposal for potential new customers in just a few minutes time!

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Here you'll find a sample web design contract you can use for your business. This will help you put together a contract for potential new customers in just a few minutes time!

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If you're wondering what certain sections of the web design contract mean or the importance of including them, this documents includes explanations of each section so you can understand them, explain them to your customers and decide if they work for your business.

Example Web Design Packages - DOWNLOAD, EDIT & USE
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When you first speak to a potential new customer there are several questions you will want to ask them so you make sure you understand their needs and what they are looking for.

This document lists all the questions you may need to ask a customer. You can also print this out and hang it next to your computer so you don't forget anything!

Sample Prepaid Website Maintenance Agreement - DOWNLOAD, EDIT & USE!
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We discuss the importance of setting up a process you can follow in this course. A project task list is an important part of that process that will help you and your web design team (if you have one) stay on track.

Download, edit and use this project task list for your business so you can stay organized, complete projects quickly and make more money because of it.

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Here I've given you an example web design process you can show your customers so they understand how you work and understand where their project is in your process.

This is also good for keeping you and your team on track.

Sample WordPress Training Manual for Clients - DOWNLOAD, TWEAK & USE
3 pages
Sample Joomla Training Manual for Clients - DOWNLOAD, TWEAK & USE
3 pages
Section 13: Launching Your Web Design Business Today: Your Next Steps - Start Earning Money!
Let's Continue Learning Together...

Now that you have all the information you need, what should you do to get started.

After you finish this final lecture you will be ready to start taking action and setting up your web design business.

Checklist: Action Steps for Setting Up Your Home Web Design Business - Download!
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Section 14: Bonus Resources & Information
Useful Tools & Resources I Recommend
Even More Helpful Resources for Your Business
Quick Tip: How to Find Out What WordPress Themes & Plugins a Website Uses
How to Select the Right Content Management System for Your Web Design Client
Options for Setting Up Hosting & Demo Sites for Clients​

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Instructor Biography

Christine Maisel, Helping Web Design & SEO Startups

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.

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