These days’ people are trying to learn as much as they can and find anyway that they can make money in their spare time. By in large most people in today’s day and age realize that they have to do a lot of work to get ahead and live within their own means and they also understand that they can’t afford to go to school to learn everything. Believe me, if anyone understands about money troubles and trying to find work it’s a starving college student who is trying to get their degree and survive at the same time. You need to understand that things you can do in your spare time to make extra money is always good and the more trades and crafts you know the better. That’s why when I decided I needed something extra that could have a high payoff in the end I decided to learn how to design websites. Now, I know what you’re sitting there thinking and it’s understandable, but trust me it’s one of the best ways to make some extra money. You have to realize that knowing how to design and manage websites makes you highly wanted by everyone and you will always find someone who does not want to take the time to design a website for themselves. I’ll tell you now that it’s not easy and like anything else you have to be dedicated at it to be successful, but it’s one of the jobs that is always needed. It’s the whole entire Internet you are catering to now and you can find anyone and everyone who needs a website for just about anything. Website design can go a long way in helping you land any job and the fact that you know how to do the different types of coding will make you valuable to any company. The best part about all this is that you can make your own websites without a web hosting company and save them on your computer and show them to others as if they were the real thing, even if your client does not have an Internet connection present. You also don’t have to worry about advertising, because you are pitching yourself by showing others your websites that you have done and that will help to advertise you in itself and you can advertise yourself within your web design as well. Just know that doing all types of websites and expressing your creative side allows those looking into you to go away with the impression that you can do anything and everything they expect you to. One big thing I notice well known website designers do is charge way too much for the work they do. Look at it this way, when you are starting out you definitely don’t want to be asking for a ton of money up front and I would suggest that you make it affordable and enjoyable for you and them. The thing you need to remember is that when all these other web designers charge un godly amounts, they are competing with others that generally agree high price is good, but if you stay low and reasonable you will get a ton on business and exposure and the big shots will not be able to compete with you in that department. The sad fact is that a lot of these people that make websites to advertise their website making abilities will grossly overcharge the consumer for the work they do and the consumer will have no idea, because they don’t have any experience in web site design themselves. The best part about deciding to go into website design as a trade of sorts is that you can do it on your own time and on your own schedule and you can do it whenever you want to. Also, because website designing has to do with the net, there are a ton of tutorials on how to do anything and everything and a ton of coding websites which will provide you will the walkthroughs and all the coding you will ever need. Though this is the case, it still takes a great deal of work and dedication to produce good quality websites. Make sure to meet with your clients and discuss with them in detail what they would like to have done. Have a brainstorming session with them and make sure to allow them to give you constant feedback and ideas. Be creative and let your own imagination show through on your website designs. Treat your customer as you would want to be treated and create a website that you can be proud of. What most people in the website design business seem to forget is making the customer happy. If the customer ask for certain things to be done and you do extra free of charge or not charge for things you ordinarily would that goes a long way. Ask the customer what they feel a website is worth and ask them why they think that is the case. Throwing out a number in this type of situation is not smart and can lead to problem, the best way to approach it is to explain everything to your customer and then ask what they think about a price point based on the work, and then you can make a deal. Remember that having constant communication between you and your consumer is key here and you should always make sure they are pleased with your work. It is also important that you gain the rights to your own work. What I mean to say is that you claim it by putting your name and the name of your company on the end of each page in a small footer. This will provide for free advertising for you, as well as allow you to keep your rights as the websites original designer. Don’t push your luck and always, always always be honest with them. Make sure they know the time that goes into designing it and make sure they know that it could take some time to complete based on what they are asking for you to do. Be patient and realize that you will have many setbacks in your creative process and that if website design was easy, then more people would be doing it. It is important to remember to save and back up any and every project that you ever do. The reason for this is that you don’t want to have to continue to type the code over and over again, so the best way to avoid this is to save all your web pages and grab code from them when you need to. All in all a person can learn a lot from doing website design. They have the ability to explore their own creative ideas and concepts as well as improve their communication and interpersonal skills. Having the ability to learn more about the technology that is here to stay is always the way to go in today’s economy and website design can help make that a reality. You may find through website design that you like it or that it gave you a great opportunity to learn more about how advertising and color schemes work. Remember to never lie to your consumer and give the effort equivalent to the amount of money being paid. If you feel that you have overcharged them, then do a few nice things and give them free of charge. Website designing is tedious and can be very frustrating at times, but it can also be very creative and beautiful.