A new guide from web designer David Fong explores the pros and cons of starting a web design business.
The guide is designed for people who are new to the idea of web design, or have been working on their site for years without any concrete goals in mind.
It aims to help new designers think through a few important factors before deciding to start a web designer business.
Fong says it’s crucial to start with a “small project,” which is a goal that you can work towards.
“That way, you don’t have to start from scratch.
You don’t need to be super-curious about the idea,” he says.
“Instead, you need to see it as a starting point to build out the business, and then move on to the next step.
That way, when you do go to market, you’ll be able to figure out what works and what doesn’t, and have a good idea of what your niche is and what you want to achieve.”
The guide includes a step-by-step step-plan that Fong describes as “a very straightforward and easy-to-follow guide.”
“You have a lot of different steps and they’re all related, and it’s really easy to follow,” he adds.
“There are lots of pictures and lots of information in there, so it’s easy to look at.”
To help with the planning phase, Fong offers a checklist that includes:1.
A basic logo for the site that you want your website to be known for.2.
A description of the site and what it stands for.3.
A set of minimum requirements for your project, including:• A clear mission statement and a clear goals for the website• A description and outline of the project’s overall scope.4.
A list of requirements and fees, including taxes and insurance.5.
A contact for the business owner or person who runs the business• A contact or email address for the owner or someone who runs it.6.
A schedule of web site visitors to track when they are coming.7.
A summary of the design, layout, and overall experience that you’re looking for.8.
A copy of the web design plan, with a copy of your payment terms and any additional terms.9.
A checklist of your marketing materials, including your landing pages and social media pages.10.
A sample design, with examples of what the site looks like, what you need and how to do it.11.
A screenshot of your logo.12.
A “web design guide” of all the web designs that you’ll need to follow, including all the images that you will need to use to build your site.13.
A collection of tools, including a list of web-related apps that you should use.14.
A step-wise checklist of how to go about the process of building out a design, including how to decide on the design elements you’ll use and where they will be placed.
Fung says you’ll want to keep your web design “simple” and that you don