Hi, I like web design and I am 14 years old. I want to start making money from this, from local businesses. If you had a local business, would you let me design your website? Here are some examples of mine:
I'd charge about Â£40 a page, and Â£50 a page with flash elements and Â£60 per page for full flash (like the 2nd link). Â£40 is $61. Not sure about the prices yet, though.
(Bear in mind that all of these sites are prototypes, too)
Answer by swinnie · Jul 24, 2010 at 05:45 PM
I was exactly the same as you, Timn96. The best way to get started is voluntary work - it opens up doors. Don't claim to know everything, because you never will - this is something that will hamper your chance of getting in with well known companies; local companies, specifically.
At 14 you're seen as a minor, it took me time to understand this. I offered to design and run a small website for a local firm who I bought products from for a year or two previously, and my Dad many years previous to that. Showing good will, good skills and communication is key. Since then I have started to be paid for work that I do at very, very good rates. I have been self employed for a year now, running my own business. I have many websites under in my portfolio to credit my hard work, with many being 'offers' and more recently financially rewarding.
You should ideally work at an hourly rate that is proportional to your age, whilst taking into account your skills. In 'the city' (I'm from the UK, like yourself) you could charge Â£100 per page. You're suggesting Â£40 a page which is a little too high, I'd suggest something of around Â£25 - Â£35 per page. Also set hourly and day rates. For your age I'd suggest Â£15 - Â£20 per hour.
Content Management Systems are really taking off at the moment, find one which you prefer - evaluate each on it's merits and progress with this. When you get 'advanced' you could even design and develop your own, bespoke system to sell on - something which could be used in the right situation.
Don't go in as 'Mr Big'. Make an impression; be yourself, learn and enjoy what you do
Learn something from every project as you're getting into things
Keep 'up-to-date' - don't ignore new trends
Look into and become familiar with CMS sites and services
As an extra note, ensure you can communicate effectively. Explain terms clearly, definitive quotes and don't let any site go live until it is 100%. Ensure you get a definitive list of your client's needs and goals from there websites - don't make promises that you cannot deliver. Build your reputation; It's your name, after all.
I hope this helps.
Answer by r0bErT4u · Jul 24, 2010 at 05:26 PM
I don't see why not, but I'd prefer to have my web designer be local. I do my own graphics, and I just need a web developer to do the rest. Like redirects from iPad & Mobile browsers to iPad & Mobile browser friendly content.
Answer by TechRob · Jul 24, 2010 at 03:43 PM
I'd say that you're off to a good start. The sites provided are all fairly simple. You should brush up on some content management systems (CMS) if you really want to get into web design. Wordpress, Joomla, and Drupal are some of the ones that I've used in the past.
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