Many people these days are looking for ways that they can work from home, in order to take advantage of the freedom that this would offer them. You get the freedom to be able to work whatever hours you want to work so that you know you will be able to work things around your other responsibilities without any problems, you get more freedom about the way that you work without the boss looking over your shoulder, and if you are going to start your own business then you also get the freedom to determine your own income according to how hard you are willing to work.
If you have some design flair and some technical skills, and particularly if you have experience in the web design industry, then starting your own web design company can be a great way to go.
This article will provide a brief introductory guide and some top tips to help you if you are interested in havinog a go at this yourself.
Things You Will NeedYou need very little to start a business like this, and that is one of the beautiful things about it. If you have the ability to create good quality websites, and you have a computer and internet connection, then you have the bare minimum you need to get started.
I would advice you also have the following:
Your own business website to showcase what you can do.
A free hosting reseller account (see tips below)
At least one example of a website you have made to show clients.
Tips & WarningsThere are some great ways to add additional revenue streams with little or no work or expense for yourself. Offering customers a package to include the design of their website and the hosting for it as well can be very profitable - as you will keep earning from each client for years rather than just getting a one off payment. See the link above for free reseller hosting plans that enable you to do this with no work and no expense.
Until you can get enough clients coming in one good idea is to make website off your own back and then sell them on auction sites. This is called 'flipping', and many people make a very good living just from doing this. Flipping can help you to get money coming in from your first month, and it can also be a great way to build up a client base with the reseller hosting side of the business. If you can quickly put together a new site in a couple of day using cms systems, or even in less than a day by just making a few tweaks to set template, and you can then sell them on for a couple of hundred dollars or more (when they have only cost you a few dollars for the domain name), then you can see how that can easily add up to a good income.
Giving stuff away for free is a great way to get free promotion - everyone is a winner. Create templates for blogs or other types of site and give them away on the condition that whoever uses them has to keep a link or two in the footer pointing towards your website.