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Are you looking for a new good source of income? Ever wanted to get paid for something you love to do and work your own hours? Perhaps you work a 9 to 5 job and would like to try something new and exciting?

It’s time to think about starting your own web design business! There’s a good chance that you’ve already got most of the things you’ll need to begin building websites straight away.

Read more and find out! This article might change your life!

How to Start a Home-Based
Web Design Business  

01 July 2021

 

Becoming a web designer - Do you have the basic skills?

 

A web designer and a web developer are not necessarily the same thing.

In essence, web design refers to both the aesthetic portion of the website and its usability. Web designers use various design programs like Adobe Photoshop to create the website’s layout and other visual elements.

Web Developers, on the other hand, use HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP and other programming languages to bring the website design into existence on the internet.

 

The good news for you is that you can become a successful website designer by choosing the right software platform without having to learn coding and other technical skills needed to transform your designs into functioning websites.

Using browser-based website design software like WebWave will allow you to focus on the design while it takes care of all the technical stuff for you.

You’re still going to need to learn some skills like:

  • Have a  good working knowledge of at least one of the website builders (like WebWave)

  • Ability to meet deadlines.

  • Ability to think with some creative flair.

  • Have good writing skills.

  • Be able to work with and collaborate effectively with clients

  • Have at least a basic understanding of SEO.

 

Do I need any formal qualifications to be a web designer?

 

No formal qualifications are required to become a website designer. You will learn web design primarily through practice and self-learning. Also, there are many free online tutorials and pay as you go courses that you can take to improve your knowledge and skills.

 

 

Pros and cons of starting a home-based web design business

 

Before you start your own business, it’s good to know what you can expect:

 

What does having your own business look like?

  • You have to make money - it is profit-driven.

  • You have to be organised; otherwise, you’ll lose precious time, money and opportunities.

  • Some activities can be repetitive in nature

  • A small business owner or freelancer works on their own behalf, So you need to be able to manage your time well and work without supervision. 

 

Advantages of running a one-person home-based web design business

  • Low start-up costs

  • Flexibility to work your own hours. 

  • You can expand your business at your own pace.

  • You can develop recurring income by offering related services like website hosting, SEO, blog writing and more.

  • No formal qualifications, permits or licences required.

 

Disadvantages

  • The development of the company depends on one person - you.

  • Irregular or at times no income.

  • There are times when you will have to work hard to meet deadlines.

  • You are legally and financially responsible for your work. 

  • No paid holidays. 

  • Website design is a highly competitive market.

 

 

 

What You'll Need

 

 

You probably have everything you need to start making websites today.

Here’s a list of things you’ll need, to start a web design business:

 

 

A Quiet Workspace

It is incredibly important to eliminate all the distractions you might have. If you keep turning your attention away from work, you can spend hours trying to complete a simple task.

A dog that doesn't calm down because of the postman? Your cat trying to tear down your new leather couch again? Perhaps your roommate likes to play loud music all day long? 

Choose a place where you will not be disturbed by outside noise and where you won’t be distracted. Do you like to check Facebook regularly? Leave the phone in another room. Do you like to grab a snack or a drink while you work? Great! Stockpile it next to your desk, so you don’t have to leave your workspace every few minutes to go to the kitchen.

Remove anything you don't need for work. The greater the clutter and noise, the less efficient your work will be.  Remember, you're also going to have to make some noise from time to time; you need to have a place where you feel comfortable with content creation and communication with your clients.

Make life easier for yourself; create a quiet workspace before you begin. It doesn’t have to be an office or some other fancy place. A corner of your bedroom or basement will do.

 

 

 

PC 

Your PC will be used for content creation, rendering, design, communication with customers, possibly displaying things on multiple screens, looking for information, and other stuff.

Having an efficient PC workstation is another key element to your success. Once, I had to make a video on my old laptop. It had such a low screen resolution and was so slow that the editor interface did not display correctly, and I had to work on a preview area the size of a postage stamp!  The program also ran very slowly, and it crashed every few minutes, adding to my frustration. This is not ideal, especially if you need to regularly move from one program to another to complete complex tasks.

If your system runs slowly, you can’t switch between windows quickly, you can’t look up information effectively, it adds to your stress and the time taken to perform the task at hand.

Get a good PC with the right processor, graphics card and amount of RAM. You will also need to have an appropriate amount of fast SSD storage as well as a backup external drive (or cloud storage) where you can save your work-related data.

 

 

 

HD Webcam

Many people in business now prefer to conduct meetings online, even if they happen to be  geographically close to you. Potentially, you will also need to communicate with customers from anywhere in the world. Sure, you could contact them by email, send pictures or call them. But, how about you show them something more important - yourself?

People enjoy seeing who they're talking to and find it more professional. You may receive a more positive response to your communications, offers and information you provide. Show them that you care and that you recognise and understand what they need. Besides, people are friendlier when they see the person they're talking to.

If your primary camera fails, you can also use your webcam as a backup to create video content. You can use it for live streams, webinars, make a video commentary or when you need to record yourself quickly.

You can get one of Logitech’s webcams (C920, streamcam, C320) or Microsoft (LifeCam, LifeCam studio). The cost ranges from about $50 to $250, so it’s not too expensive compared to the value you get.

 

 

Camera

It’s handy (but not essential) to have a good high-resolution camera, video recorder or camcorder. Does your client want to have an additional photo for their portfolio? Maybe you have an excellent idea for a custom image that will end up as a background for your client’s website? Perhaps the local museum would like a landing page about their new exhibition?

There are many photographers out there, but they are usually very expensive or busy just when you need them. If you get a decent camera, you can take a few nice pictures yourself. (Of course, they won’t be the same quality as those made by a professional photographer).

If you don’t have a camera, don’t worry. You can also take some good photos with your smartphone. There are groups and courses on mobile photography which will get you started.

Another cool thing to know is that WebWave has a library of copyright-free pictures ready to use, so you won’t even have to take out your camera on most occasions.

 

 

Your Internet Connection

 

1. Connection Speed and Data Allowance

As a home-based website designer, you’re going to have to pay closer attention to the download and upload speed and overall data limit of your existing internet plan. On top of your regular home internet usage, you’ll be constantly downloading and uploading website assets for the sites you’re designing, like high-resolution images and video.

If your upload speed is too slow, you’ll waste a lot of time uploading assets to your client websites or your cloud storage location. You may also want to consider upgrading your internet subscription to a higher plan to avoid incurring excess data or bandwidth fees, or worse, being cut off because you hit one of your plan limits.

2. Connection Reliability

You’ll also need to have a reliable internet connection. There’s nothing worse than not being able to work on a client’s website because your internet isn’t working. Because you’ll be using the internet more frequently for longer periods of time, you will need to have a reliable internet service provider that has live support via phone or online chat when you need it.

3. High-Quality Video Meetings

As mentioned previously, online video meetings are on the rise; a fast, reliable internet connection is essential if you want to have high-quality video meetings with your clients. Make sure that the webcam and microphone you’ve chosen are suitable for high-resolution video and audio.

 

 

 

A good chair

Yeah, I get it. It’s not the most exciting piece of equipment, however, it’s possible that you’ll be sitting in front of the computer for an entire day. A cheap, low-quality chair may contribute to poor posture, which in turn may lead you to experience back pain.

Take care of your health from the get-go and get the right chair with proper spine support, and the time will fly by without discomfort. For example, I have a car with really comfortable leather seats. Even if I drive for 8 hours, I don’t feel that tired and like to stay in a car before getting out of it. Get a chair/seat you will love to sit in.

 

 

Do I need any web design software other than WebWave?

Normally, you would need many paid apps, programs, plugins, templates to run a web design business.

WebWave editor works like a graphics program and contains everything you’ll need to plan, design and publish a great looking website. This means you won’t have to purchase or learn how to use any other software.  

 

Try WebWave for free and find out! 

 

 

 

 

Choosing a Design Platform

 

 

After you have found a quiet workspace, got a comfy chair, a fast PC  and a suitable internet plan, it’s time to select the most important thing - a website design platform.

Some people still believe you need to know how to code, or that you need to have an extensive IT background to create a nice looking website or to work as a website designer.

In reality, it’s the website builder software that does most of the heavy lifting for you. All you need to do is drag and drop pre-made elements onto the page canvas. WebWave is an example of a drag and drop style website builder that generates all of the development code for you.

 

Website Design Software

 

Sketch

This is a solution created specifically for designing website interfaces. It quickly gained popularity due to its ease of use and the fact that it is accessible from a browser. Unfortunately, this application can only be used by owners of macOS computers.

 

Adobe XD

Sketch's direct competitor, Adobe XD is a relatively simple application that will work well primarily for designing uncomplicated pages. Many of its features are available for free. The advantage of Adobe XD is quite low hardware requirements. The disadvantage is quite limited possibilities in comparison with the competition.

 

Other graphic software

Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Gimp are still used for web design, but their popularity is constantly decreasing. This is because they were created with other tasks in mind. That is why other solutions like Website builders are replacing them.

 

 

Website builders

 

These are tools that allow you to create websites without coding. They enable a person with basic graphic design skills to develop and publish a functional website.

The editor interface of a website builder can vary greatly. Some are very simplistic and others look like a space shuttle console.  In the case of WebWave, the editor interface looks very similar to Photoshop. 

The capabilities of website building software has improved significantly in recent years. Even the most graphically complex projects can now be created using a website builder application.

Amongst other things, website builders allow you to add photos, create image galleries and apply animations and effects to objects. They can create elements of variable size and position. In short, they offer many of the same features as graphics programs. Additionally, they allow you to create a functional website ready for publication on the Internet with just one click. 

Website pages created in website builders are normally mobile-friendly, which means they can also be viewed on mobile phones and tablets. In the case of WebWave, there is a Responsive Website Design (RWD) wizard that will perform most of this work automatically.

 

Why WebWave is the Best Choice

 

I always wanted to try doing some website design. I tried to set up a website about a particular game that I liked using a well-known website design tool. I bought books, attended an online course, and after spending my evenings researching domains, hosting providers and how to make it all work, I wasn’t very productive. Everything seemed so complicated. Before adding my first element to a single page, I had already spent quite a lot of money and time working out how to perform this simple task. Building my website looked like it was going to take forever.

With WebWave, you’ll find your experience to be quite different. Its free-flowing, drag and drop and accurate approach enables you to work intuitively from the very beginning. Once you work out the basics, your productivity will increase in leaps and bounds.

You don’t have to be bothered about any plugins as all the design features and tools you need are integrated natively into the editor. You can work from a template, use pre-designed elements or set up any page design that you want from scratch. And best of all, you can try it for free. Look!

 

Getting Started in WebWave

 

To begin with, you can create websites and publish them to a WebWave sub-domain for free. This allows you to fine tune the design and functionality of your websites in a live environment before connecting them to a custom domain by purchasing a paid hosting plan. 

Let me explain how it works in practice:

  1. Build a website and publish it for free under a WebWave sub-domain.

  2. Send your client a link to the published website so they can review what you’ve done.

  3. Make any required changes and re-publish the site for a final review.

  4. Once the client approves the final design you can transfer ownership of the website to their own account in WebWave.

  5. Your client will then be able to purchase a paid plan and connect the website to their custom domain.

 

Try it now!

A   -  Register in WebWave

B   -   Select a template or start from a blank page

C   -   Alter/adjust the template to your needs or add elements from the left panel and drag them exactly where you need

D   -   Change the settings of the elements by clicking the element and then modifying what you want in the right tab

E    -   Switch between the different display types to make sure everything displays properly (we have an automatic RWD                setting allowing you to instantly adapt your website to mobile displays)

F   -   See the preview to see if everything works. Publish the page and show it to your friends!

H   -   Purchase a paid plan and connect your website to your custom domain

 

If you’d prefer to build sites under your own brand (often referred to as white labelling) and would like to generate ongoing income from hosting the websites you build, then you will need to upgrade your Free Account to an Agency Account. This will allow you to purchase paid plans at heavily discounted prices and brand the client login portal with your own logo and colours.

 

 

 

WebWave Agency Account - Features and Benefits 

 

There are many reasons why WebWave is the best choice for a web design agency. WebWave is more popular among web design professionals  because it offers a degree of flexibility and precision that other website builders can’t.

Here you can see the key benefits of a WebWave agency account:

 

White label 

In the client login portal you can display your own business logo and colour scheme. 

Additionally, you can publish pages under your own free domain, which looks like this: custom.mybrand.com. This allows the website design to be sent to the client for approval before the website gets an individual domain that the client will have to pay for (unless they already have one).

The domain can be purchased from WebWave  or another domain name provider and connected to a website made in WebWave.

 

Comments

The Comments feature in an Agency Account offers a quick and easy method for you and your client to exchange feedback about the website design. You or your client can place comments anywhere on the page of a website to ask questions or provide feedback instead of emailing back and forth.

It’s a quick and convenient way to keep track of comments exchanged between you and your client during the design phase of the project.

 

Discounted Hosting Plans

As an Agency Account Holder you will have access to purchase paid plans at heavily discounted prices. This means you can independently invoice your client at a higher rate for hosting and make a recurring profit from hosting websites.

 

Reduce Design Time - Create Your Own Library of Element Groups 

It’s often  the case that individual elements or a group of elements on a  website will be generic for many projects that you will implement for your clients. These elements can be easily combined into groups and then saved in your own custom library for quick access to them for use on another website page.

This feature will save you a lot of time in situations where you need to use the same section layout or group of elements repeatedly.

 

Client Access

You can also give the client access to the website so that they can make some changes themselves. How big or small the changes will be, depends on the level of access you will grant to your client. You can also lock selected elements in  the website in order to make sure that they will not be edited accidentally.

Read more about our agency account features here

 

 

 

Key WebWave features

 

Here you can see key features of our website builder:

  • You can create a unique, one-of-a-kind website without any technical skills.

  • You don't need to write code, configure servers or databases to launch your website online.

  • You don't have to think about "what's inside".  All you need to do is publish your website, and WebWave will do all the heavy lifting for you.

  • WebWave does not make you use limiting templates. You can create your website from scratch.

  • You can position every element with 1px precision.

  • With viewport width and viewport height units, you can set the size and position of elements on your website relative to the screen the website is viewed on.

  • WebWave offers many features that let you create outstanding websites with the WOW effect.

  • Many website admins can work on one website.

  • Every website has a built-in Content Management System (CMS); your clients or editors can easily change your website's content.

  • You can change and expand your website whenever you need. Thus your website can grow together with your business and your needs.

  • You can expand the functionality of websites that you build on WebWave by integrating  a variety of 3rd party plugins like live chat, forums, booking widgets and many others.You can add your own HTML, CSS, JS code to your website if you can and want to.

  • You can export your website to a 3rd party hosting platform.

  • You don't have to update your software, create backups ortake care of security yourself. WebWave does all that for you 24/7

You can read more about features here. 

 

 

 

 

Design your company!

 

 

Establish your brand

Brand building is all about the right associations and brand image in the minds of consumers. In order for a brand to truly exist, it must have a group of regular customers and an appropriate reputation. This reputation is built through a series of actions that invoke positive associations and  emotions. The biggest brands on the market know this very well. It is the emotions, not the product's characteristics, that drive a purchase, which is why branding is so important.

Think about it. Let’s choose a popular brand like Coca-Cola. You're already familiar with them. I'm sure you know their logo. You know which colours are related to the company. Maybe you're even a bit thirsty, and you'd like a cold glass of cola now?

Excuse me... It’s not just a cola... THE Coca-Cola!

 

Choose the right name

Selecting the correct name is incredibly important. Company name gives the right feel to how a user perceives it. Sometimes, by using a single word, unique name mixed with some associations, your clients might immediately know what the business is doing and what it offers.

There are many examples of a successful company name. The most popular being Google, whose name was derived from the word googol, the name given to the number that results when we raise the number 10 to the power of one hundred. It symbolises the amount of information available online.

The proper name is a foundation of a successful business so make sure you choose the right one!

Examples

  • Blackberry - Phone’s keys resembling a blackberry fruit

  • Caterpillar - Track of heavy duty vehicles moving along the ground like a caterpillar

  • Asus - named after Pegasus, a winged horse. 

  • Cisco - shortened version of San Francisco + logo resembling the famous SF bridge

  • Tesla - named after one of the brightest minds in history, a scientist that invented the induction motor.

 

Ask first and shoot later: Research, research, research

A sniper does not fire indiscriminately or work alone. He is usually assisted by a spotter who helps him mark his target and obtain as much data as possible so he can take an effective shot. Before pulling a trigger, he must make calculations to ensure that he completes his mission with success. It is similar to market research. You (or your partners/employees) should analyse the market and define your goal before ‘’pulling a trigger’’.

There is a saying that if you do not know where you are sailing to, every direction or port you will reach will be the wrong one. Therefore, it is worth learning about the subject and the market first so you can plan your business accordingly.

In the next paragraph, you can learn how to create a lean business plan that will steer you towards the right port.

 

Create a lean business plan

If you’d like to create something that works well, you first need to have a plan on how you are going to approach certain things. We are not talking about a full-blown business plan yet.

Let’s focus it's shorter version called a lean business plan. It is extremely useful, and you can create it in about 15 minutes!

Ready?  Let’s do it together as we go through these points:

 

  1. Think about the mission, vision or problems you will solve with your business. Companies aren’t existing only to make money, they make money by fulfilling needs or solving your customer problems, and in exchange for it, they get paid.

  2. Define your clients' needs and problems - know what you are going to try to solve.

  3. What’s your solution to fulfill them? What are you willing to do to accomplish that?

  4. What is your target market? Students? Entrepreneurs? Artists? 

  5. Who are your competitors? Large, small, local businesses?  

  6. What are your sales channels? Where and how will you sell your products?

  7. Marketing Activity. How do you plan to market your services? Partnerships? Paid ads? Press? Blog on a website?

  8. What is your planned revenue source?   e.g. SEO, Web Design, Logo Creation

  9. What will be your projected expenses?  Rent, program subscriptions, bills.

  10. Team and Partners - are you planning to do everything alone? Perhaps you’ve got a friend who is willing to join you?

 

 

Products and services - what services will you offer?

 

There are many services that you can provide as a web designer. What is better, you can possibly bill additional money for websites made in WebWave. This is because we provide the features that are considered extra services if they are made by agencies that hire extra people to perform specific costly tasks on websites. These include SEO audits, content management, adding extra functions on the website like shop, google ads, custom email addresses, SSL certificate and other.

 

Website design

WebWave is a fantastic tool for a web designer. It’s simple to use, you can create custom  groups of elements and templates that speed up the work. If you have to create a basic website like a simple landing page it should take you about 2-3 hours to finish your work provided you’ve got the content already prepared.

Of course, these are the simplest websites. We’re not talking about creating an online store or site with 30 subpages and a blog here. However, with the help of our editor’s features - it shouldn’t take too long either.

 

Graphic design (Logo, banners, brand)

One of the best examples of such a service is creating a logo for your client.

If somebody needs a logo for their company, there are two ways of getting it. One is DIY - Do it yourself, where they choose a graphics editor and do it themselves.

A second method is DIFM (Do It For Me).
There’s a chance that if someone doesn’t know how to make a simple website, they might also require assistance with the creation of the graphic side of their websites, brand, colour themes.

If you are a competent designer, it will open a new type of service that you may provide. If you are a beginner, you can use a variety of drag and drop online graphic editors like a Canva that helps you create stunning graphics in a matter of minutes.

 

 

SEO

 

" Oh…. Why my website isn’t shown on the first google search page...? "

"....Wait… what?  I can’t find it on Google at all?! "

 

SEO is a practice of optimising website’s elements in such a way it ranks high in search engines such as Google.

To be displayed in SERP(Search Engine Result Page) it has to be indexed in Google.

You don’t need that much knowledge to take care of basic SEO practices that will give you an edge over the competitors.

In WebWave, every Premium Plan user’s website is automatically indexed in Google and has access to our SEO integrated optimisation tool, so you don’t have to know much about SEO, and you can potentially charge your customers for additional service without spending a dime or days for SEO courses.

Don’t take it easy though. Take some time off and make sure you do your basic SEO homework. You’ve got a lot of competitors. SEO expertise is one of the most important factors in deciding if a website will be successful or not.

 

Hosting services

With WebWave, hosting is included in the price of a premium plan and automatically linked to the domain you or your customer have chosen. This means you don't have to worry about organising third party hosting, B2B contact, linking it to your website at all. Everything you need is handled by WebWave.

In WebWave you can enjoy unlimited bandwidth and storage. Your hosting is integrated with web design software so you can focus on building your websites.

In case of the increased popularity of your website, the price of your subscription will stay the same. Nice and simple.

 

 

Other services that WebWave does automatically for you

 

There are plenty of other benefits that come with WebWave’s Premium Plan. Usually, you would have to find third party providers for nearly all of them, and have manage it on different, separate accounts.  By choosing WebWave, you save yours and your clients' time and money.

WebWave is an all-inclusive solution to typical webdesign problems allowing you to earn more, spend less and keep everything organised in one place. Look:

 

Domain

If your client doesn't have a domain they want yet , you can buy it for them and then resell it.

A Domain costs usually about $10-$20 a year.

With WebWave, you get a free ''.com'' domain for one year.

You can also connect a domain purchased from a third party supplier. Our Premium Plan allows you to link an unlimited number of domains.

Also, you can set 301 redirects which means you can redirect people from other domains right to the main one.

 

Your own mailbox

Third-party e-mail hosting usually costs about $10 per month.

In WebWave, you can create as many mailboxes and have as much storage as you need ; It is unrestricted in WebWave.

 

SSL certificate

Nowadays, cyber security is critical to the success of an online company. There are increasingly more threats when browsing the Internet. Your clients and Google need to know that your website's users will stay safe when they visit your website. 

You have nothing to worry about with WebWave. Each website with activated hosting gets a free SSL certificate. You can be sure that the data you send through the internet is always encrypted and safe.

The logs on your website are monitored 24/7 for potential hacking attacks and anomalies. The web Wave response in the event of an attack on your website is almost immediate.

 

Free 30 days backup

Have you ever been making changes on a website/document for 3 hours and then your computer suddenly crashed destroying everything you worked on?  This is where we usually learn the importance of saving our work and doing a backup copy.  

Backups of your websites and mailboxes are made daily and stored for a minimum of 30 days. This way, if anything goes wrong, you can still restore your website.

Dedicate your time to building websites, WebWave will secure them.

 

RWD - responsive, mobile-friendly website 

It can be very frustrating to use a website's desktop version on a mobile device. Most of the times, all the clickable elements are too small, you have to zoom in and zoom out, scroll/ move through the website.

One of the keys to a succesful website is its mobile-friendliness, and we have a solution to this - RWD.

Responsive website adjusts to the size of a screen it is being viewed at. You can precisely tell how a user will see your website on a computer, tablet and mobile phone. WebWave allows you to independently set a layout and size of elements, hide unnecessary layers and create new ones only for particular screens.

 

Support

Know you’re not alone if you or your client’s encounter any problems while building a website. You and your clients can get all support you need:

Email, chat, telephone

You can contact us by e-mail, over the phone, ask through Facebook or send a query on a chat in the right bottom corner of a screen.

Knowledge base, blog and e-books

WebWave shares new content related to building websites on the blog each week. At the knowledge base, usually a few times a month, we share tutorials, self-help articles and other useful content.

 

Built-in CMS on every website

Each website created in WebWave has a built-in content management system - CMS, which makes it possible to change the text and images on the site effortlessly without worrying about spoiling a layout. It won’t let you delete important elements so it is perfect for a website editor e.g. your client.

You can set the authorisation levels for each CMS user. This way you make sure clients won't delete things by mistake or make undesired changes to the website design.

 

Icon and Picture Bank

We offer a copyright-free, stock icon and image bank that is built in our editor. The graphics you find there are royalty free, which means you can use them however you want on your website. It is very useful, because with the help of it you don't have to pay for subsciption to other stock image banks. 

 

Maintenance / website management

With the help of our CMS and WebWave in general you can maintain/manage a website for your client and get paid extra. However, WebWave CMS is so simple to use that your clients can do it themselves (if you want them to) allowing you to save time on your projects so you can move on to the next ones. 

 

 

 

Market research - who will be your target audience?

 

I've prepared a list of a few potential target customer groups, so you can have an idea who will need your services.
There's a chance that after reading this list, you will already know who will be the first person you will make a website for!

 

Retail 

  • Local grocery store?
  • Beauty boutique?
  • Green Tea shop?

 

There are plenty of retailers willing to join the eCommerce revolution. An attractive and functional website will help them to increase their overall sales turnover.

 

Trades

  • Local garage?
  • Handyman?
  • Plumber?
  • Electrician?


These people spend a lot of time specialising in their chosen field; they are often time poor and have no desire to learn how to build a website for their business.  Setting up a website for a trades based business is often quite straightforward and depending on the size of the business usually only requires 5 to 10 pages.

 

Medical

  • Dentist?
  • Physiotherapist?
  • Private doctor service?
  • A local surgery that would like to update their page?

 

Again, there are plenty of opportunities here.. Medical professionals need websites that build trust and confidence in their services.

 

Hotels

There are many hotels, hostels or bed and breakfast providers all over the world. Nowadays, the majority of reservations are made online. Top players in this market know this very well, that’s why they invest a lot of money to have fantastically looking websites, allowing people to book a room and select what they need very fast. Special offers, seasonal discounts, additional services. It all has to be managed somehow and that’s where you step in.

Smaller hotels or other hospitality businesses need to have a great website to stay relevant in the market and be able to compete with the goliaths. A great website can be a slingshot they’re looking for. Sometimes that's the only investment they have to make to shine.

To be honest, my most recent booking was made because I saw beautiful photos of a room and a clear, simple offer. I was happy to spend more money for a niche, not-well-known guestroom provider rather than a crowded, cold, regular 5-star hotel nearby. I was really happy with my decision. I got exactly what I was looking for and what was presented to me before I've made my booking...

All of this because of a well-designed website!

 

YouTubers, influencers, gamers

There are people who gained great popularity on Instagram, Facebook, Twitch, YouTube, or other platforms. After their success on these platforms  their next step is usually building a website or a landing page. You can do it for them.

As more and more people would like to become influencers, there’s money to be made here for sure!

 

Teachers

There are plenty of people offering special courses, private lessons or giving lectures online. Some of them would like to have a platform that will allow them to get more students at a better price. Or just teach even more people and share the knowledge.

Sometimes they offer courses that make them some passive income, enabling them to focus on clients who pay them best, resulting in more money made, better content quality and less work done.

 

Industry

  • Startups?
  • Local brickwork plant?
  • Strawberry farm?

 

They need a professional company website with all the information about their firm. It allows them to obtain orders and negotiate a better price for their goods. They can post company and product information, hire new employees, provide news on their business activities, or contribute to local communities.

 

Musicians, band landing pages / artists

  • Visual artists,
  • Musicians,
  • Producers,
  • Mix, master specialists

 

....need to have a place to showcase their work. They look for paid gigs, other artists they can collaborate with, communicate with their followers, aggregate social media platforms’ links, attract new audience, gain popularity etc. 

What’s important here is you need to focus on precisely what an artist needs, it has to fit their image, the art they create and what their audience prefers. They usually know exactly what they need, be sure to adapt their website accordingly.

 

Health & Wellness

It includes SPA, beauty, makeup artists, hairdressers and other people who care about our wellness. They usually need the best pictures and graphic design as it is a visual marker. There's no room for mistakes here. Their clients are usually very good at recognising current design and product trends. Stay up to date and make sure you also keep up with them

 

Everybody

Having a website can be beneficial to anyone. In addition to material gains, it can give many valuable information about people visiting your websites and will teach many things about how online businesses work.

Creating a Web site is only the first step. It can be very satisfying to see how it develops, and how its quality improves over time. Something that started just as a simple web page can possibly be transformed into one of the largest websites on the net. All you have to do is give the entire process time and focus on making improvements and implementing new ideas.

If you are new to website design - click here to see how easy it is.

 

 

 

 

Your Prices

 

 

 

Design

Pricing depends on many factors:

 

  1. Your experience, skill and brand - If you’re a well-known web design specialist, you can charge quite a lot for your services. People know your quality and will pay a lot for your skill

  2.  Your target / niche - If you’re choosing clients who don’t have that much spare money, there’s a chance they won’t be willing to pay well for your services. It is good to start from a niche you know a lot about since the contact with your clients and design will be easier.

  3.  The type of a website -  if it’s a simple ‘’business card’’ type page then it’s quite an easy job. If it’s a full-blown complex website with integrated functionalities.

  4.  Size and length of your project - Is it a one-time fee, fire and forget kind of service? Or perhaps you will also provide website management? Sometimes the projects take longer than expected. For how long will you do it? Make sure to write down the terms & agreements with your client and provide the service accordingly.

  5. Features and Functionalities - Will it be an internet store? Booking platform? Do they need social media integration? They want it all? You’ll need to charge more if you do more because it means more time and energy spent. With WebWave it is not too difficult as you’ve got all the plugins in one place. No need to download or update anything, everything works well together and actualisations occur automatically.

You can charge anywhere from $100 to $3000+.

If the website is bigger than a few subpages, the design is more complicated and there are more functionalities you can charge even more.

You can charge hourly rates for the total number of hours worked on their website, flat rates for finished project (where you are unsure how much time you will spend on your website) and monthly rates (for recurring work done on a website).

 

Hosting

After a website is designed, it must be placed on a server to be correctly and continuously displayed. You can resell hosting services, use shared hosting, choose VPS hosting etc.

By choosing WebWave as your web design agency platform, you don’t have to worry about all that. We provide hosting and domain for any website you make in WebWave.

By using our Whitelabel agency account you can then sell hosting services as your own - without putting in extra work or worrying about other unneccesary B2B invoice management.

Hosting services cost ranges from about $5 - $100 a month, depending if it's shared or dedicated hosting.

 

SEO

SEO is no easy job. After many people went online, it's getting harder and harder to rank higher in search engines. SEO specialists can now charge more money for their services, especially if they are proven efficient.

The most popular ways to get paid for SEO work are project-based, hourly rate and retainer-based SEO.

The first is when you have a project with a clearly defined objective. Then if the work like SEO analysis, keyword research, SEO audit is done, you are paid for it.

Hourly pay is an hourly rate paid for the time you dedicate to various SEO tasks.

The final category means that the SEO specialist earns a regular monthly income for maintaining specified tasks allowing better SEO.

A typical monthly charge can be between $2000 to $5000 depending on the range of SEO tasks performed.

With the WebWave account, you have access to our SEO optimisation that will allow you to charge more for your services right from the start! Our SEO optimisation tool is available also for all our Premium Plan users.

 

How to find clients

You can find clients on various freelance sites like Toptal, Upwork or Fiverr

It will be great if you create your own stunning website first. It is a business card to what your clients can expect from your service. Perhaps you have a friend or family member who needs a website? Maybe they know somebody who does? Your inner social circle is a first step.

Then, depending on your expertise, you will be able to go further; Do you know a lot about music? Do a research about local musicians and bands and whether they have a website or not. The more you know about a specific topic, the faster you will develop such websites and establish a better relationship with your client.

Once you create your first few websites, make sure to include them in your portfolio. If you complete and share some impressive projects, you can be sure that people will reach out to you. If you have many business queries about your services, you can then raise the price and pick the projects/orders you are really interested in.

 

Getting Paid

 

Ka-ching! 

You’ve just made your first thousand dollars doing something you love!

" Excuse me?  Did i hear you well? You’d like me to maintain your page for you for another thousand dollars a month?Wow!"

" Would you like additional SEO optimisation? ...

 

...Fantastic! "
 

After your clients see the results of your work and they are satisfied with them, rest assured they will come back to you for more. Remember to charge an initial fee, before you start your work, it will filter time-wasters out straight away. Choose the people who are ready to pay for your services.

Have few samples ready, preferably, show them portfolio of your finished awesome website projects. Remember to track every activity and all work you perform on their website, as you will have to explain your customers what they are getting charged for.

 

Invoicing Clients

Invoicing your first few clients shouldn’t be too complicated; however, if everything goes well after a few months of providing web designing services, you’ll get much more paperwork to be done.

You don’t have to worry about that if you choose WebWave. We will be soon introducing a new function with the help of which you can decide whether you prefer the client to transfer money for the premium plan to your bank account or whether the bills should be automatically generated and sent to the client.

It will be especially useful when there are more websites, and it turns out that remembering to bill the customer on time is an additional work that takes time.

This feature will be available by the August/September 2021

 

 

Business plan for starting a web design agency - how to prepare

 

You don’t need a full-blown business plan to start your web design agency, however it really helps. Be sure to stay up to date with our blog articles, as we plan to write a complete guide on how to write a full business plan for a web design agency. There are plenty of websites that will tell you how to do it, however we will make a guide that will be focusing on what’s important for you - starting a web design business.

If you prepared your lean business plan mentioned in the initial paragraphs of this article, all you have to do is to complete it with further details. For now, let’s focus on these questions.

Take a pen and paper and let’s write the answers down - this will help is in the future:

 

  1. What's your vision for the company?
    What problems will it solve from the start and what problems and needs will it fulfill in the next 3 years?

  2. What values should your company have?
    What emotional reasons will motivate you to work hard? What are you doing it for?

  3. How will you start the company?
    Do you have all equipment you need? What’s the location of your HQ? What’s your initial capital? Maybe you have any partners you’d like to start the business with?

  4. What will be your products and services?
    Describe them, try to think about the prices you will charge.

  5. What will be your tools?
    What will they allow you to do?

  6. What’s your target base?
    Which one do you know the most or you’d like to work with the most?

  7. How does the market looks like? Do you know your competitors?
    Remember, if you starting up you don’t have to compete with the largest players on the market, your target audience will be different. To use a funny metaphor - elephants don’t have any interest in stomping on 5000 ant colonies to get their food . They go for other things they like, lets say -  jackfruits  (like the biggest website orders you won’t be able to fulfill alone). Get a bite you can digest. Don’t worry that much about the competition, because they're busy with other stuff.  But be sure you know all the players in your market.

  8. How will you market your products and services? Facebook page? Instagram? Radio ad? Maybe everything at once? Think about how else you can promote your business

  9. Any financial plans? Make a balance sheet, try to project your business cost and income.Think about how you can make it even better!

  10. The more you think about your business and about its detail, the higher chance you will make it succesful. The more precise vision and more desire for success, the higher your sucess chance will be. Make sure you write down all the business ideas you have even if they seem non relevant now - they might be very useful in the future!

 

Good luck! :)

 

 

Summary

 

 

In this article we’ve shown you that starting a webdesign business isn’t as difficult or scary as it might seem at first.

You probably already have all you need to start earning money with creating websites. With WebWave, it’s even easier as we do all the heavy lifting for you. You have a system ready to build websites from a scratch, by using our free ready-made templates or custom page element groups you can transfer between websites made in WebWave.

You don’t need to worry about third-party hosting, linking the domain, setting up databases, researching, installing and updating plugins, etc. With WebWave - everything is included in the price of a Premium Plan that doesn’t cost more than the average Netflix bill.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this article!  If you would like to stay in touch with us and would like to be a part of our support group please join our facebook group  WebWave Community .  You can always ask us more questions over there!

 

We wish you much success and prosperity in your newly established business! :)

 

 

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