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How to Earn a Living as a Web Designer without Building Websites

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by Harriet Bond
(San Francisco, CA, USA)

Most people who hope to earn a living working from home on the internet are not experienced web designers and programmers.

Many can play around with a basic “What You See Is What You Get” type web design program, or put together a website using WordPress and one of the thousands of themes available to customize a website, but this is a huge step away from being able to make a living as a web designer.

In fact, most people hoping to earn a living online can’t even handle the most basic technical elements of putting up a website. Yet these people can all still make a living designing websites for local businesses.

The trick is to spend a little time learning the art of outsourcing. A prime topic of conversation every time people gather to have a few drinks is the fact that so many jobs are being outsourced by companies all over.

These companies can find workers at a fraction of what it used to cost to get many of the everyday jobs necessary for business done. Instead of whining about this, the time has come to get a little creative and use outsourcing to your advantage.

Although most people don’t have a clue about web design, graphicdesign, programming or many of the other technical aspects of making a living designing and building websites, there are many, many people who do have those skills and who live in parts of the world where the cost of living is a tiny fraction of what it is in other countries. This is particularly true if you live in the United States.

Here is where the astronomical growth of the internet has created awesome business opportunities for creative action oriented people. Many of these talented web designers, programmers and graphic artists would have trouble selling their services to small to medium sized local businesses. This can occur for many reasons, including language/accent barriers, cultural differences, time zone differences and more.

If you want to set up a business as a web designer, study and become familiar with the process of outsourcing. Find sources online through websites such as Odesk, Freelancer.com, Fiverr.com and others. You can also get plenty of recommendations and potential subcontractors in marketing forums such as the Warrior Forum or Digital Point Forum.

Decide on a “menu” of services you want to offer to start out with, have a website built for your own business and some business cards printedand start networking. If necessary, start out offering some discounted services to a few local businesses or non-profit organizations in order to build up a portfolio.

This is the same process any contractor would use to set up a business.Home building contractors don’t usually know how to or do all the work of building a house. They make their money by coordinating the process. You can do the same with a web design business. If you take care of customer service and project coordination, you can have a growing business set up in less than a week with almost no start up costs.

If you want to make a living from home using the internet, you don’t have to limit yourself to affiliate marketing or filling out surveys for pennies or any of the other common paths many people follow to get started. With just a little more resourcefulness and creativity, you can have a web designer business of your own.

Updated: January 3, 2014 — 7:25 pm

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