I'd like to ask an advice to all warriors who have experience in web design and web development service business.
I'd like to start a web design business but I only know wordpress. I don't know anything about programming, html, css, and php. I have basic knowledge in seo, photoshop and can change theme's fonts, colors, and backgrounds using firebug.
I've seen some good wordpress themes that I can use to create a beautiful website for clients but my skills are limited.
My first plan is to provide a web design service to only 1 niche. I have great interest in this niche and I know that this is a profitable niche.
I'll buy 1 or 2 premium wordpress theme that is designed for this niche and will create several demo sites using these themes to attract potential customers. They will get the exact design on the demo sites. I will also buy the guide and paper contracts that I believe needed for starting a web design business.
Other services to offer my existing clients.
1. mobile web design
2. website maintenance
3. hosting (will get reseller hosting on hostgator)
4. logo design
5. facebook and twitter design
I'll outsource some of the little task that I don't know.
Can I run a web design business with this without the knowledge in html, css, and php?
Do I have to study a web design course first to start this business?
What skills do I need to master wordpress theme customization? (Just the theme's design)
Can I host my clients' website without server knowlege? ( I know how to change nameserver settings, add domain, create database, upload files on server and create email for clients. I don't know anything about programming and configuration.
My next plan is to create a free classifieds site for this niche. Once I have enough earnings to fund and build classifieds website, I'll buy the best classifieds script. I have 2 choices right now but I will not go into this since I do not have enough funds for customization and marketing.
Here are the possible ways to earn from classifieds website.
1. Featured Listing on Homepage
2. Featured Business on Homepage
3. Featured Agents on Homepage
4. Feature Listing on all Categories
5. Feature Listing on all Listings' Sidebar
4. Diamond listing block (on top of the category)
5. Gold Listings' block (below diamond listings' block)
6. Silver Listing's' block (below gold listings' block)
7. Highlighted ads
8. Charge For Additional Category Submission
9 Charge For Additional Region Submission
8. Verified Membership (all verified members will have verified sign on homepage listing, category browsing page listing, and listing's page
9. Advertise Website's Link on listings ( this will be free for my web design service clients)
10. Banner advertising
I know a php classifieds software that can do all these features but I don't have budget to start this. The software is not cheap.
I am offering loyalty discounts to all my web design service clients. They will have different price plans for listing upgrades as long as they are hosting
their websites on my server. I want to provide the best value to my existing customers and this will result to high retention rates.
With the help of niche classifieds website, I can easily offer them the web design service.
I had an online classifieds website before and targeted a general classifieds using a premium wordpress theme. The theme is not great and the earning potential is limited even if you have a high traffic website. Not all features above are in this wordpress theme. After running it for several months, I learned what features I need for my site and also what niche to target. This is a profitable niche in our country. There are general classifieds and niche classifieds in our country that are earning huge amount per month with this niche. I have no budget right now but I have a big dream to be the top niche online classifieds. I believe big marketing budget is still the key to dominate this niche.
I made a mistake but I've learnt. I am targeting now the business and niche that I am very passionate. I will not quit until I achieve my dream.
Thank you for reading my post. Hoping for an advice to experienced good warriors on here.