It is official as of this moment. I am a tv network owner. We have so much work to do. Stay tuned.
It is official as of this moment. I am a tv network owner. We have so much work to do. Stay tuned.
I want to be the first to tell you about a Broadcast Network Tv Channel I call ‘Organically Developed Television – A Grassroots Network. ODTv is a leader in the development, production and strategic distribution of entertainment content and is the key content provider for The DMC Entertainment Group. I am excited to launch this network. Once, I grasped the gravity of what I am about to do… I had a fiendish grin on my face and I laughed about it. The laugh of a home run – I feel like I just knocked one completely out the park. So I am currently running a test pilot channel thru Viloud, I took it back to August 1, 1981, when MTV launched and ran the only music videos that had available – at the root. I had access to more than did obviously but I wanted to run a few to see if I was feeling it or not. Soon as I saw I had a few extra views other than my own, I was hooked. So I did some investigating and found another company that will allow me to do what I want and the coolest part is… We get to air on these online tv networks:
Some of the featured channels will be something like:
I got more to tell you…I am super about the whole thing and I am trying to process it all. I will keep you posted. Stay tuned.
No, seriously. Ask yourself why you want to do this.
As I just finished saying, starting a web design business is a lot of work. Don’t get me wrong, the fruits of your labor will be so worth it. But you need to have your goals and objectives clearly defined.
When you get stuck in a line of code or have to deal with a demanding customer who has no idea what they want or needs to turn down yet another social invitation to meet a deadline, you’ll need to revisit why exactly you’re doing this in the first place. It will keep you motivated and consistent.
Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face. – Mike Tyson
For me, I wanted to build a location-independent online business that allowed me to spend more time doing things I love.
To do that, I needed to keep my life simple and make a modest income. After extensive research, it became clear that running my own web design business would allow me to do just that.
You’re probably sick of hearing this cliche beaten to death. But do you want to know why it’s repeated so often?
Because it’s 100% true.
This is especially the case in the web design industry. Web design is so incredibly crowded. The competition is fierce.
Worse yet, many people have had negative experiences with web designers. For some, just hearing “website design” said out loud is enough to coat their brain in molasses.
How many times have you received a broken-English phone call or email from India trying to sell you web design? For some, this is the first thing that comes to mind when someone starts talking web design with them.
Between intense competition and negative associations with your work, you’re going to have your work cut out for you. It’s not enough to simply be a “web designer”.
What makes you different? Why are you special? What do you have to offer that no one else does?
Answering those questions will help you carve out your own small piece of the massive web design pie.
While searching for my own web design niche, I discovered that while everyone was offering websites that were “beautiful“, “professional“, “responsive” and “affordable“, essentially no one was selling fast web design.
That was my ticket.
I built my entire business around that simple premise. While most designers take weeks or even months, I can build your website in just a couple of days. In one case, I even built a website for a gentleman in less than 24 hours.
You know what I called this web design business that specialized in fast website design?
Catchy? No. Sexy? Not at all. Easy to remember? Not really.
But if you had to ask someone what I do based on the business name alone, I’m pretty confident that they’d be able to answer correctly.
A successful brand does just that. It effectively communicates your value proposition as simple as possible. Your brand is made up of things like:
If you have the cash, have a professional graphic designer make for you. But if you’ve got nothing in the piggy bank, like I did, you can make your own logo.
Make sure that your logo will look great no matter where it’s placed. (like social media channels, for example)
Make it simple but catchy.
Maybe you found this one a bit confusing.
You need to think of your brand as a person. What are this person’s values? Likes and dislikes? Strengths and weaknesses? Style of speech? Age? Gender?
It’s important to consider your target audience when developing your brand’s messaging. If you’re going after the 60+ seniors crowd, then they’re not going to want to listen to some beanie-wearing, frappucino-sipping, Snapchatting punk like you.
Now that you’ve come up with a company name, brand, and logo, it’s time to register your domain!
(note: some people like to check and see if their preferred domain name is available before settling on a company name, so you can reverse the order of steps #3 and #4 if you’re one of those people)
There are myriads of companies that you can use to register a domain with.
Now things are getting interesting.
There are so many different website builder tools these days. I’m sure you’ve heard of a bunch of them. Here are some of the most popular options to choose from.
Weebly is one of my favorites. It is by far the easiest to use and makes it super simple to allow your customers to edit their own site whenever they need to. A big feature that pretty much everyone wants.
Also, from a business perspective, Weebly has a separate version of their platform made just for web designers like you and I.?
This makes it really easy to white-label their products and presents yourself professionally.
Some snobby web designers write Weebly off as being “too simple”, but that all depends on your perspective. My target audience is small business owners who want to get online fast and affordably. They have little to no online marketing knowledge.
This makes Weebly the perfect fit for me and my business.
WordPress is the most popular web design platform in the world, and for good reason.
It’s extremely versatile and customizable. You can make WordPress become anything you need it to be. This very blog runs on WordPress.
But, with that awesome versatility comes increased complexity. There is a rather steep learning curve. If you are a complete web design noob, you will find it challenging.
If you’re going to become a web designer, you should learn WordPress at some point. Until then, use a simpler tool like Weebly to get some experience under your belt.
I use WordPress for nearly all of my clients’ websites at this point.
If you’re specifically focusing on building eCommerce websites for your customers, then you need to be building with Shopify. Straight up.
It is the #1 eCommerce web design platform in the world. They’re constantly pioneering new products and ideas to make selling goods online dead simple.
They also have a reseller version of their platform, where you can build multiple sources of income with their various products.
I have been advertised to by Squarespace on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, TV, radio, billboards and pretty much all of my favorite podcasts. They’re everywhere.
There’s no doubt that they’re popular, but I can’t say I have an opinion on them. Simply because I’ve never used their product.
I know nothing about Jimdo. Honestly.
Woop Woop! Let’s get building!
You now have everything you need to get started on your own website.
I could write a gazillion separate blog posts on what it takes to build a successful, but ain’t nobody got time for that. For now, just remember these core principles:
There’s obviously a bit more involved in building a great website, but this is enough to get you started. You’ll learn as you go, just like I did!
You do like getting paid, don’t you?
You want an invoicing platform that:
Like I said, I use Stripe.
Don’t start building sites for clients until you have this setup. Almost everyone wants to pay with credit cards these days. It protects both you and your customer.
You’ll also have the ability to preauthorize charges from customers. I don’t start any job until I receive a 50% deposit.
We’ll leave it at that for now. Remember to only pick a handful of these platforms to invest your time into. If you try to use all of them, you’ll spread yourself thin and accomplish nothing. Stay focused!
This is the hardest part of being a web designer by far.
Your friends, family, coworkers, social media contacts, current or former customers, anyone you have a decent relationship with. These are the people that will help you get started.
It will take time. You’ll need to be patient and work hard. But you will start to see a “snowball effect” as you finish one website after the other. One delighted customer spreads the word to everyone in their network and so on and so on…
Upwork is the most popular freelancing platform in the world. It has its fair share of both ambassadors and detractors.
You can find some decent-paying jobs on here. Just be prepared to put in a lot of work to stand out from the massive crowds of intense Indian and Filipino competition. Especially when you don’t have the experience to lean on.
Guru is like Upwork, just smaller. ‘Nuf said.
Want new web design clients fast? Go local.
Pull up Google Maps, find all the local businesses in your area and see if they have a website. If they don’t, go pay them a visit. If they do, but it sucks, go pay them a visit.
I can hear you complaining already. “I have to talk to people in person?” “But I suck at sales!” “I’m too shy to do that.”
It’s old school, but it can still work.
Most people who know nothing about web design, but know they need a website, have no idea where they should turn to to find a web designer. So, they head to the same place they look for anything else they need to buy, Craigslist.
Get on there and start replying to people’s requests. Just be ready to not get paid much.
When you finally land that first web design client, you need to treat them like a freakin’ princess. I’m talking mind-blown levels of good.
Your customers will always be your most powerful asset. From the moment they first find you online to the second they send you final payment, they need to be “wowed”.
Nothing is too small. Every little interaction should be furthering your brand’s message.
For example, here is what my visitors see after they submit a request for a quote:
It’s small, but it’s more memorable than “Thanks for submitting! We’ll get back to you soon.”
And here is what happens when my blog visitors get a 404 page on my blog:
If you can perfect your customer experience, you will have no trouble building a successful web design business.
Automate as many tasks and procedures as you can. Things like:
There’s a lot to unpack here, and I’ll have to write about it in separate blog posts. I’ll post them here as I do.
Small businesses need websites. But what else do small businesses need?
Get creative. How many problems can you solve for your customers?
I started out offering nothing but web design services. As I sharpened my skills, I branched out into additional products and services. Like the ones listed above.
At the risk of sounding redundant, be careful not to spread yourself too thin in the beginning. Start with building your web design skills, then slowly grow from there.
No matter what, this will take a lot of work. But nothing in life that is worth having comes easy.
You don’t have to be great at something to start, but you have to start to be great at something. – Zig Ziglar
While you can certainly follow this guide to have your web design business built and ready to go in just 24 hours, you can also take your time with it and grow at your own pace.
And there will certainly be many ups and downs. Customers tend to come in waves. One minute you’ll have more customers than you can handle, and the next you’ll be begging for new customers.
But that doesn’t mean there is no work to be done. Business downtime is the perfect time to get involved in other activities.
No matter what, just start.
I feel like I’ve provided a pretty clear path towards building a web design business from scratch. I hope you find it helpful!
If you need some help, shoot me an email at email@example.com.
Here are the most common questions I get about starting a web design business:
I get this question so often that I wrote an entire blog post about it right here. There is no simple answer to this question. The popular answer is to simply “charge what you’re worth” but, when you’re first starting out, it’s not that simple.
Personally, I always quote on an individual basis. I decided early on how much I want to make per hour, and then I estimate how many hours it will take to build the website. That being said, I offered heavy discounts in the beginning in order to build up my portfolio. It’s difficult to convince someone to work with you when you have zero proof of your skills.
Be prepared to work for free a few times!
It depends on the client and their skill level. Some will be comfortable enough that you can just hand the site over, while others need more hand-holding.
The rest depends on the tool you’re using. Most popular CMS tools offer the ability to create logins for separate accounts, so you can just create a new account and send your client the login.
If they prefer complete privacy and security, you can delete your own account after creating one for them.
Raising your prices is a very gradual process. There’s no specific number.
What I can tell you is that when I got to the point when I no longer NEEDED a client in order to pay the bills that month, that gives you the total freedom to charge what you want and pick the clients that are right for you. But that will take time.
Try not to beg for business! People won’t respect you otherwise.
Decide what your minimum hourly rate is, then quote based on hours. So, if you decide you need to make a minimum of $30/hour, and the website will take about 10 hours to make, you can quote for $300.
There are many ways to quote, but that’s how I do it.
Depends on the client. Most of my clients already have a domain so they just provide me access to it.
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The test flight took place in the Mojave desert yesterday and saw Virgin Orbit (a spin-off from the main Virgin Galactic brand) drop its LauncherOne vehicle from the modified airplane Cosmic Girl, while at an altitude of 35,000 feet.
Thankfully, the test flight went without a hitch, and the rocket and aircraft separated cleanly.
Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart, said: “Today’s test was a monumental step forward for us.
“It’s the capstone to a thorough development program not just for a rocket, but for our carrier aircraft, our ground support equipment, and all of our flight procedures.”
The flight was piloted by Kelly Latimer and Todd Ericsson, who also fly for Virgin Galactic.
Mr. Latimer said: “The whole flight went incredibly well. The release was extremely smooth, and the rocket fell away nicely.
“There was a small roll with the aircraft, just as we expected.
“Everything matched what we’d seen in the simulators well — in fact, the release dynamics and the aircraft handling qualities were both better than we expected.
“This was the best kind of test flight sortie from a test pilot’s perspective — an uneventful one.”
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