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12 November 2005 @ 08:55 am
Design business  
Ok, please don't laugh, but I have had this dream of starting my own Web Design business. I don't have much actual experience, but I have taken a TON of classes on HTML, CSS, and Web Design. I feel I am ready to start, but I don't know how or where. I have my own domain, etc, but I don't know what to do with it.
Is there anyone who can tell me / show me what I need to do from here?

Thanks SO much!

Robin
 
 
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binaryseraph on November 12th, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC)
having been down that path af ew times, i would suggest aquiring jobs that willdo for free. just to get used to how the whole things works out. There is alot of technical information that you are gonna have to get used to dealing with. Alot of the jobs of a desgner are taking on the technical end as well. I'd also suggest getting used to how databases work, understanding what PHP is and MYSQL. while you might not be using them for databases and webpage generation, you will encounter them (and in alot of cases find that it makes your life alot easier).
It can be intimidating, all that you need to deal with- but its a rewarding career. I cannot stress enough taking on a few small jobs for free and cheap.

oh one last thing, you might want to look up some online tuttorials about setting up domains, how file structures work etc. etc. if you dont already know.
queenietn on November 12th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)
Wow. Sounds like I am nowhere near as ready as I thought. I thought it was just knowing how to make websets and then making a website to host your business on.
Thank you very much for all the great info. Looks like I have some more classes to take *grin*
binaryseraph on November 12th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
Classes or online tutorials (thats how i learned, alot of excellent information is online- lots of the stuff you really only need to know (the rest of it is hard nocks :)

Web templates are good. I'd also suggest some clases in flash as well. The more you can offer a client the better. Some good resources are found though webmonkey. they ahve an excellent tutorial section.
queenietn on November 12th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks. The only one that scares me a bit is the PHP and MYSQL stuff. Of course, HTML was like Chinese to me when I first started learning it..LOL! I took alot of classes at WebTech University, CSS Wise Owls, and Budding HTML Gurus. I took web design classes at Juelle.

Thanks for the webmonkey tip. I will definately check them out. I have heard the name before..
• Vara •: sneakyvara_design on November 14th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
i'd suggest that you start off with some freelance work. let people know you're looking to do this as a profession and see if anyone you know needs a site designed. charge a flat rate (like $10 an hour, and raise it to $15 for difficult work). after you have about 5 under your belt create a "portfolio" on your own site. (i.e. use small screen shots and links to the sites you've created.) then use that portfolio site to drum up more business and lead you into something bigger. just a thought ;)
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If your just starting I would suggest you to offer your services on your website. Design yor site in a way to show all your previous gigs and clients. You should use adsense to promote the site afterwards.