Making money with Web Design

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Hey everyone,

I just started getting into HTML & CSS and it's pretty cool. I have great Photoshop skills and have a desire to become a web designer / programmer..

Can someone out of experience tell me how long it would take till you have enough skills to make some money with this and how?

What would the future hold for web designers / programmers?

Would it be a good thing to study?
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  • Web design is like any business. If you treat your customers well and provide good value, you will be able to make money. You have to really learn marketing first.

    The hardest part is keeping up on all the latest programming technological. It's best to learn HTML / CSS well and maybe one other language (PHP etc) and focus on that. Don't try to master everything at once.

    Best of luck
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  • Profile picture of the author alan9187
    Learn html , css etc by using note pad and looking at wc3 schools.com . master these first or at least till you have a good knowlage of html then look at progressing further over time. Look at online tutorials as well as wc3 schools, may be get an open source web design software like NVU or something of that nature and use both to practice on.

    As far as time go's to get to the stage where you can promote your skills and services .... well depends on YOU... and how much time you devote to learning the skills your looking for.

    Then look at internet marketing and promoting after learning web design skills, as mentioned above ... one step at time, don't overload your self with to many things at one time. If web design is what your looking to do i personly would do this stage first and the others will follow as you go. The quicker you understand html,css, then enough php the faster your web design skills will evolve, the quicker you can move on to the next stage.
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  • Profile picture of the author healingoasis
    Greetings, Vivekasigns

    As an experienced and qualified Graphic Designer, I believe that you should continue learning Graphic Designing.It will lead you in a lot of businesses in the future and you will earn money fast.
    You can watch some tutorials in this website : Adobe Photoshop Tutorials from Beginner to Advanced | Psdtuts+
    Also, you should learn HTML which is the basic language of the website coding languages.
    After HTML you should learn CSS, which is the next step, and then PHP for CMS's and better websites.
    The difficultest language of all is PHP.
    You can learn HTML, CSS and PHP from W3schools : W3Schools Online Web Tutorials

    By learning these languages and having knowledge of Graphic Designing you will earn a lot of money.
    You should sell your websites in Themeforest : Premium WordPress Themes, Web Templates, Mobile Themes | ThemeForest

    Regardless your knowledge you can learn Graphic Designing and HTML easy, so what are you waiting for?
    Start up.


    Hope I helped,
    Good Luck,

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  • Profile picture of the author MikeKey
    Freelance switch had an article about the income potential of web designers, web developers and graphic artists over the next 5 years. Tons of potential for great income, especially if you can break into the larger segments. Graphic's and Development seem to be the two areas with the highest income potential.

    I'd say the one thing you need to start right now, even as a beginner is developing a portfolio that shows your growing and improving. This gets your name out to people that you are up and coming. And can bring you smaller business as you progress towards becoming more talented and landing larger projects.

    good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author xtrapunch
    Learn HTML and CSS. Once you have done it, focus on WordPress. Create some good themes and offer it for free. Soon you will be getting new clients. All the best.
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    Learn Web Design, Web Development, and iOS Development - Treehouse is a great resource, with step by step video instruction. And of course, anything in the tuts+ network.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vivekadesigns
    WOW, Thanks everyone for all the great advice and encouragement! I will definitely keep it up!

    When building your online name what would be better? your real name, artist name or go under a new company name.. This might come down to personal preference but at the same time it might make different impacts on the public right?

    Anyone has any good recommendations of sites that are good to follow to stay up to date with the latest news on web design?

    Greetz
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    • Profile picture of the author MarvinRivera
      Originally Posted by Vivekadesigns View Post

      WOW, Thanks everyone for all the great advice and encouragement! I will definitely keep it up!

      When building your online name what would be better? your real name, artist name or go under a new company name.. This might come down to personal preference but at the same time it might make different impacts on the public right?

      Anyone has any good recommendations of sites that are good to follow to stay up to date with the latest news on web design?

      Greetz
      Well I'm web designer for around 3years then shifted to mobile game developer, and that's the reason why I haven't interacted in the forum. anyway It's really about personal preference. but maybe you could consider placing a word "consulting" on the name like "<name here>Web Consulting" something like that, makes you look more professional and someone who is really expert on your field.. and! you can easily expand in the near future if you want to add some more services like SEO etc. hope that helps
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    • Profile picture of the author MarvinRivera
      Originally Posted by Vivekadesigns View Post

      WOW, Thanks everyone for all the great advice and encouragement! I will definitely keep it up!

      When building your online name what would be better? your real name, artist name or go under a new company name.. This might come down to personal preference but at the same time it might make different impacts on the public right?

      Anyone has any good recommendations of sites that are good to follow to stay up to date with the latest news on web design?

      Greetz
      Well I'm web designer for around 3years then shifted to mobile game developer, and that's the reason why I haven't interacted in the forum. anyway It's really about personal preference. but maybe you could consider placing a word "consulting" on the name like "<name here>Web Consulting" something like that, makes you look more professional and someone who is really expert on your field.. and! you can easily expand in the near future if you want to add some more services like SEO etc. hope that helps
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      • Profile picture of the author ry6782010
        Originally Posted by MarvinRivera View Post

        Well I'm web designer for around 3years then shifted to mobile game developer, and that's the reason why I haven't interacted in the forum. anyway It's really about personal preference. but maybe you could consider placing a word "consulting" on the name like "<name here>Web Consulting" something like that, makes you look more professional and someone who is really expert on your field.. and! you can easily expand in the near future if you want to add some more services like SEO etc. hope that helps
        I'm really thinking about starting a web design company myself (with a team of designers, developers, etc of course), what do you recommend the best way as to building a portfolio Marvin?..Should I look on freelance sites such as Elance, etc, or Craigslist for jobs (starting small of course), and then move onto bigger projects?..
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        • Profile picture of the author xtrapunch
          Originally Posted by ry6782010 View Post

          I'm really thinking about starting a web design company myself (with a team of designers, developers, etc of course), what do you recommend the best way as to building a portfolio Marvin?..Should I look on freelance sites such as Elance, etc, or Craigslist for jobs (starting small of course), and then move onto bigger projects?..
          Best place to start as a designer is to offer FREE themes. That's how I got my first client who paid me around $500 (don't remember the exact figure). With free themes, you are able to showcase your skills and people have more confidence in you.

          Don't even bother to have a team unless you have a regular flow of work. If you want to start a firm where you just work as a manager, collaborate with freelancers.

          I personally haven't done very well on freelance sites. Most of my work is through WF, free themes and repeat clients.
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          • Profile picture of the author escribe
            You're def. in the right business and in the right niche. IM'rs need designers all the time with all of the projects they have on the go. I think by being a part of the Warrior Forum you have an advantage. If you're good you should have no trouble making this a very good business. Good luck!
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            • Profile picture of the author Vivekadesigns
              Thanks again everyone for the incredible advice and nice words! I got so much out of this! Thanks so much!

              Graphic design is a very sweet things to do in my opinion and the people at tutsplus have created a really nice environment for learning about design, web and more..

              Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author blogfreakz
    Freelunch lol oops Freelance is the only way to gain exposure in your web design skills you need to have a collection of good web or graphic design portfolio to show it to the possible client that you are trying to service. Freelance is fun since you are on your own here.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeKey
    You can be a company or yourself. A company has some better tax advantages within the US. I run several LLC's and formed a company because I brand my name as a whole outside of my web development business.
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  • Profile picture of the author kamran9868
    Originally Posted by Vivekadesigns View Post

    Hey everyone,

    I just started getting into HTML & CSS and it's pretty cool. I have great Photoshop skills and have a desire to become a web designer / programmer..

    Can someone out of experience tell me how long it would take till you have enough skills to make some money with this and how?

    What would the future hold for web designers / programmers?

    Would it be a good thing to study?
    Well, sure its a good thing to study, and don't worry about the future just try harder on polishing your skills. Also try to start working as "freelance web guy" at any platform like oDesk, eLance, Freelancers, Guru etc.
    Well, it takes years to be perfect, because each day new techniques are coming around the web... So be positive and loyal to your work passion...
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  • Profile picture of the author appliedvisual
    If you've got amazing Photoshop skills, not just knowing the software but creativity and composition, then you're way ahead of many. To make serious dollars you have push yourself to always learn more. If you could push yourself to get PHP certified, money will follow you to whatever corner of the Earth you choose to reside.

    Designers generally can't code and coders generally can't design or compose, but those who can do both call the shots.

    Research Zend PHP 5 Certification

    The kid with the most knowledge will attain and touch top dollars.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vivekadesigns
      Originally Posted by changchi View Post

      Millions of people are hopping online in order to make a living. The fact of the matter is the world is going technological. Everyone wants to be able to make up their own schedules and work when they want to work. If you have skills in the website design world, you may have a leg up. There is plenty of money that can be made through web design. Take a look here and find out what you need to get started and how you can flourish!

      The first thing that you need to do is build up your portfolio. In order to get a decent paying job, you need to have the proof that you have what it takes. Your portfolio is going to be your first impression. If you do not shake hands the right way with the potential buyer, you might not get the job. Pick out your best rated work and go from there.

      Once you have your portfolio taken care of, you can start looking for jobs. There are plenty of freelance websites that will act as your gateway to the website design world. Sign up for a free account and just start browsing. This will give you a better idea of what you might be best suited for.

      Once you think you have found the right design job on your site, you should bid on it. The way this works is, you name your price and explain your qualifications. You should include a sample of your work from your portfolio and send. If that buyer likes your style and wants to work with you, they will contact and hire you.

      You need to remember that the internet is world wide so people all over the world are looking for web design jobs. You need to ensure that you have the right skills and tools to get the job done better than anyone else. Perfect your style and your technique. You should also practice maintaining deadlines. If you do not make a client happy it will follow your for awhile.

      If you are having trouble with making money with your websites, you may want to try again. Go back to the drawing board and create some new designs. Make sure that your templates are light way and versatile. You want to show your clients that you can get any job done that is thrown at you.

      Your pages should also be search engine friendly. You want to ensure that you can make money from your pages as well. You can easily design pages for companies or you can even profit from them yourself. It simply depends on what you are qualified to do. Your pages should be appealing and easy for anyone to find.
      web design is a job field that is not very hard to get into. As long as you have the right tips and tools you should be all set to go. Simply slowly ease into the web design world and start making a name for yourself. This may take some time but it will surely be worth it!

      Thanks for the elaborated response Very constructive advice & thoughts, thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author ericbryant
    You can sell web layouts immediately if you are qualified with Photoshop. As a web designer, we regularly get PSD files with no code whatsoever, which we build into websites and launch. Go! You can do this NOW! Learn the tech on the side as you go.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vivekadesigns
      Originally Posted by ericbryant View Post

      You can sell web layouts immediately if you are qualified with Photoshop. As a web designer, we regularly get PSD files with no code whatsoever, which we build into websites and launch. Go! You can do this NOW! Learn the tech on the side as you go.
      Eric, would you reccomend any places for selling PSD's like this?
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      • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
        Originally Posted by Vivekadesigns View Post

        Eric, would you reccomend any places for selling PSD's like this?
        Themeforest.

        And if you're really into design/coding, and really want to make serious moeny out of it, I really advice you to invest your time in Themeforest (reading/asking/aswering/ and watching GREAT stuff). You'll see a huge jump in your skills and $$ income.

        I did.
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  • Profile picture of the author Troy Glancy
    I agree with everyone on this post. I do suggest using a CMS such as wordpress or joomla to build your customers websites. It will cut your time in almost half because you won't have to change every page when you need to change something simple like the nav bar. If you're interested in using wordpress talk to Mike Key. He's builds all of his sites out of wordpress. I build most of mine with Joomla and some with wordpress.

    I agree..charge real cheap for your websites so you can get a bunch of them and build your portfolio. Once you have a good portfolio your can raise your prices.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vivekadesigns
    And of course everybody else, thanks for the great thoughts
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    W3SCHOOL is best for your requirement
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  • Profile picture of the author Vivekadesigns
    I have been thinking and maybe it's better to polish up my graphic design skills to a really high level and then start learning html css php etc.

    In the meantime I'm gonna try to make some money with graphic design.. for the last years I've only done design work for free for non profit organizations.

    Anyone needs any stylin banners ?
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  • Profile picture of the author watsondavid
    If your are a good designer than many site offering work at home. You should register on those site and should start earning. You should also contact any company and work for them as freelancer. Many other way you can find on searching the web.
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  • Profile picture of the author K Meier
    Learn HTML, CSS, Photoshop and PHP. Create themes for Wordpress and sell them on Themeforest. The top paid designers there make 30'000 USD a month.
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  • Profile picture of the author basheerakhanuae
    web design is mainly focus our customers. first Learn html, css, php and joomula.it's basic for web design... All the best
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  • Profile picture of the author kan969
    This is a good place to start your freelance career, that's for sure. For the beginning learn HTML/ CSS and PSP, focus on that and in time you will develop your skills and you will learn on what to focus next. Also look for some useful tutorials, can find them here.
    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author 01objects
    I think 6 months is much time to get good skills and become a professional Designer
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  • Profile picture of the author rasel786
    I am agree with alan9187.

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  • Profile picture of the author DavidSimpson
    If you are just starting out you may want to check out The E-Myth by Michael Gerber and Built To Sell by John Warrillow. They will give you a good foundation to building a real business.....and answer some of your questions.

    They are both easily available on Amazon and if you don't like to read check and see about audio books.
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  • There is a lot of good info on this page that will definitely get you going in the right direction. Many people have mentioned using Themeforest as a way to post your designs, but another thing you can do is buy a few templates that you like and look at the code and get an understanding of how they were constructed. Many sites now use J-Query which a framework for Javascript that you can do a lot of powerful things with. The image sliders you see on websites are done with J-Query. You can find these on CodeCanyon which is a sister site of Themeforest. In fact, check out Envato and you will see all the different sites that offer assets for the graphic designer/coder world. My point is that you can find assets that will help you in your journey so if you are having trouble with a css navbar you can look at CodeCanyon and purchase one. I have done this before, BUT I completely re-face it so the graphics are completely different.

    The main thing is to not get discouraged in your abilities and practice, practice, practice. It is not out of the question that I will find myself working all night on a site to make sure I make a deadline. But the bonus is that I work from home and am willing to do that, but that did not happen overnight. I have been working as a web design since 98.

    Good luck to you! Oh, and make sure you keep it fun...
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  • Profile picture of the author SiteSmarty
    You already have design skills so riding the coat tails of one or more WordPress Frameworks makes designing WP Child Themes fairly easy. If you want to make money in design, create your own system to do it fast and easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author addison.agnote
    They have said all the technical aspects that you have to learn. Just be patient in learning, open your mind to new ideas and never stop enriching your craft. Aside from the skills you also need the right attitude to succeed in web design.
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  • Profile picture of the author blogfreakz
    Nothing is impossible good luck..
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  • Profile picture of the author jumpa
    You can try join 99design, make a lot of portofolio and many people will know your design.
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  • Profile picture of the author cabre101
    Before starting to earn money with web designing, you need to be proficient enough to produce quality designs according to your client's requirements. Let's suppose that you have this skill than you can earn a good money by doing the following:

    1. Working as a freelancer web designer as there are many reliable outsourcing sites like freelancer.com, oDesk , vWorkers, Elance etc.

    2. Create or design attractive websites with unique contents (5-10 article will be enough ) using competitive keywords and sell them on website auction sites like godady etc.

    3. Build adsense sites for yourselves, do proper SEO and earn money.
    4. Design attractive themes and templates and sell on your website.
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