Is A Web Design Business For You?

Written by Liz Folger

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Liz: Do you have to know everything there is to know just to get started?

Jen: No, that is one ofrepparttar wonderful things about web design, there is always something new to learn. You can start out offeringrepparttar 117908 most basic services and work your way up as you learn new techniques and strategies. In my eBook, while I do not explain or teachrepparttar 117909 reader web design skills, I do explain whatrepparttar 117910 different skills are and new ones to keep an eye on inrepparttar 117911 future. The Internet is a constantly growing and changing environment for those who design it and those who surf it, so you can really dig out your own little niche tailored to what you know and what you are willing to learn.

Liz: Is a web design business expensive to start and manage?

Jen: If you already have a computer then you haverepparttar 117912 biggest expense out ofrepparttar 117913 way. I started withrepparttar 117914 basics: a computer, printer, HTML editing software, graphics editing software, and lots of free learning resources. I did not take any college courses or pay for any online courses, most of my learning came from a few books I picked up (like Laura LeMay's "Teach Yourself Web Design in 21 Days"), free online tutorials, and viewingrepparttar 117915 HTML coding from other web sites. As your business grows you can add other equipment and upgrade your current equipment. Inrepparttar 117916 beginning I made a rule that I would not purchase anything new for my business unless I hadrepparttar 117917 money in my business account. My account started out with $100 of my personal money, which I have since repaid myself, and I have never had to violate my rule. I had to make some sacrifices, like not buyingrepparttar 117918 "best" programs when I started, not usingrepparttar 117919 more expensive forms of advertising, or borrowing my friend's scanner until I could buy my own, but I wanted my business to pay for itself and it has.

Liz: What has been your biggest struggle with marketing your business and how did you overcome it?

Jen: My shyness. Online I can talk to anyone and can project a great image. But offline I am incredibly shy and introverted. A lot of that stems from low self-esteem and a general belief that everyone is better than me. I have made great strides in this area as my business has grown, but inrepparttar 117920 beginning it was very difficult to overcome. I was able to get around it by focusing my marketing on techniques which did not involve me being placed face-to-face with potential clients. My marketing was primarily accomplished online. As I mention inrepparttar 117921 marketing sections of my eBook, this might not work for everyone, but it was what I had to do to feel confident enough to speak with my potential clients.

Liz: Any last words of advice?

Jen: Know your strengths and weaknesses as a business owner and have a good support network around you. Many times you will find that your strengths can be utilized in unusual ways to compensate for your weakness in other areas. Your family, friends, and business colleagues can help you determine if you are overly concerned about weaknesses you may have. We are always our own worst critics anyway. If you aren't finding enough support in your current circles then go out and find new ones, because starting a business is hard and you need truly supportive people around you. In my eBook, I have tried to lay out bothrepparttar 117922 pros and cons of starting a web design business, but only you can makerepparttar 117923 decision on if it isrepparttar 117924 right type of business for you. Weighrepparttar 117925 pros and cons, then balance them with your own strengths, weaknesses, andrepparttar 117926 advice of your friends to makerepparttar 117927 right decision for you. Regardless of your decision I wish you well and hope you achieve all you hope to in life. Good Luck!

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Liz Folger is Work-at-Home Mom Expert and author of, "The Stay-at-Home Mom's Guide To Making Money". Her book is available at your favorite bookstore like at or by calling, 800-632-8676. Liz has also created a resource site for work-at-home moms at: When you visit don't forget to sign-up for the free Bizy Mom e-newsletter.

Make Money Finding Typos

Written by Liz Folger

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Bruce: Full-time income? Yes. Overnight? No. A good editor can make a very good income. To turn this job into a real moneymaker, you need to do a LOT of marketing and that takes time, some studying, a bit of trial-and-error, and a lot of motivation. But with millions of error-laden websites out there in cyberspace, there are plenty of opportunities forrepparttar serious website editor to find business.

Liz: How did you decide this was a good business to make money at?

Bruce: Since I first began exploringrepparttar 117907 Internet inrepparttar 117908 mid-1990s, I’ve watched in astonishment as more and more businesses established their Web presence without regard torepparttar 117909 less-than-professional image they were presenting torepparttar 117910 world. I believe that’s because many small- to medium-sized businesses seerepparttar 117911 Internet as a way to advertise, but they don ’t haverepparttar 117912 expertise to do their own editing. I sawrepparttar 117913 opportunity to offer them my services as a freelance editor, and my business took off from there. The Internet is still growing at a phenomenal rate, and I just can’t keep up with allrepparttar 117914 potential business out there. I’m only half-kidding because realistically, there just aren’t that many website editors, so I don ’t have much competition. Until people pick up my eBook and start their own businesses, that is… But there’s plenty of room for all of us in this market!

Liz: What’srepparttar 117915 biggest challenge in running this business?

Bruce: Establishing a niche! Liz, you always emphasize finding your niche, and I’m in complete agreement! If a home-business owner really wants to succeed, they have to define their own niche; really focus it down. When I first started out, I targeted any and all websites. No niche there; it was way too broad. Not surprisingly, I didn’t get very much business either. I tightened my target market down slightly and did a little better, but I was still too unfocused. It wasn’t until I found a way to market my talents to a very specific group of website owners that I became recognized as somewhat of an expert and my business became successful. In my eBook inrepparttar 117916 chapter titled “My Most Effective Marketing Technique,” I describe waysrepparttar 117917 prospective website editor can go about defining their niche to really getrepparttar 117918 business going.

The best thing about operating within a niche is that all it takes is one satisfied customer to getrepparttar 117919 ball rolling. One success will lead to another, and so on until it really begins to snowball. You’ve heardrepparttar 117920 expression, “Success breeds success.” Well, it’s really true. My own business is now atrepparttar 117921 point where I have as much work as I can handle, and can get more anytime I want just by continuing down my list of targeted websites!

Liz: Any last words?

Bruce: I want to remind everyone that offers a Proofreading chat every Monday evening at 7pm EST. All are welcome to come in and discuss this fascinating business. We talk about both website and regular, manuscript-based, proofreading and editing. We also welcome questions and comments onrepparttar 117922 Freelance Proofreading message board under Biz Ideas on Bizymoms.

For more information on how you can make money proofing websites you can purchase Bruce’s ebook, “Bizy’s Guide To Website Editing and Proofreading” at:!0106

Liz Folger is Work-at-Home Mom Expert and author of "The Stay-at-Home Mom's Guide To making Money From Home". Her book is available at your favorite bookstore like or by calling 800-632-8676. Liz has also created a resource site for work-at-home moms at: When you visit, don't forget to sign up for the free e-newsletter.

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