Big Dreams for a Small Business — Web Designer
Are you a fantastic web designer and thinking of starting your own business? Low overhead, lots of work and working from home sound great. Before you leap in, however, take some advice from those who’ve already done it.
Prepare to say no. People will come out of the woodwork wanting you to invest "sweat equity" in their new groundbreaking idea.
—From Michael Wilson, maddancer.com
The web design business is pretty saturated. You must be able to answer the question "why you?” If you don't stand out from the crowd, if you don't offer something of value, then don't get into this business.
— Gabriel Shaoolian, BlueFountainMedia.com
Don’t get bogged down in the freelance sites like Guru.com, Rent-acoder.com or get work on Craigslist. While the work is plentiful, these clients typically want something for nothing and tend to be very high maintenance.
— Sean Mayhew, HelioCreative.com
The most important thing a designer needs to know is that reputation and trust are key components to your work and for your future business. As a new business, you have to gain the trust of your clients and this is a crucial task that is made difficult without expertise in your field and a great reputation to boot.
—Rachel Rhodes, Relevansi.com
Initially, keep your expenses low. That means possibly working from home to keep the rent down, and bring on new employees on a contract basis as you are building the business. This becomes a way to sort out the real talented folks from the ones just looking to earn a paycheck. Once your business picks up, then you have a ton of website designers to choose from for your team.
—Michael Ayalon, Petwebdesigner.com