Comment on Design Profession by Admin.
It might be smart to continue just doing this on the side until you get a few customers.
You should offer:
Personal/Professional Webpage-Single Page, Simple Design(no advanced tags or anything, gets the job done, looks presentable doing it, but not over the top on fancy stuff(no marquees, no java, etc.)), geared toward individuals and small businesses with simple webpage needs.
Personal Website-Several Pages, fairly simple, geared toward individuals that want to put themselves out there.(Like your Portfolio page/site)
Professional Website-Several Pages, still fairly simple design, geared toward small businesses for advertising and a good representation of their company.
Commercial Website- Several Pages, fancy(button color changes, etc., but not over the top or it looks stupid.), geared toward businesses with a chain in a single town or even larger companies that are nationwide for good advertising, etc.
You should charge:
Minimum wage(as of July 24th 2009): $7.25
Average Coding time for a single page=3-6hrs.(estimated)
Personal/Professional Webpage= $45 Set up
$10 per week for upkeep
Personal Website= $50 Set-up per page
$15 per update session
(for upkeep although it is unlikely on a personal website that they will want you to do much, but if they do they are sure to be picky, so more money for having to put up with pesky people.)
Professional Website= $50 set-up per page
$15 per week upkeep
Commercial Website= $45 set-up per page
$15 per week upkeep
(Commercial Websites are more likely to have a higher number of pages, so you can probably entice more customers if you lower the price a little and give them good quality.)
Upkeep may seem like something ridiculous to charge for or to have to offer, but webpages are constantly being updated and companies etc. will probably want theirs updated at least once a week, however you could just charge them for how many times you had to update it.
Work on the coding to get better at it (hint: Tables are your best friends!)
I love the look of your sites. They are awesome. Market a little more. Add a page to your Portfolio called Web Designing post what you wanna charge and then make sure people see your page, post it all over Y!A people love to click on links.
Maybe start by doing one for free for a corner Mom&Pop store around where you live, just to get the exposure. On the bottom of every page you put onto their site put, Web Design by Melanie Gebhardt and link to your Web Design page that I suggested you add. On your Web Desing page also have links(like your sample designs page now) so that Web Pages you have designed and are making a profit off of are available for viewing by anyone interested in your Web Design Services.
Don’t forget any income you earn doing this is also taxable.
Hope this helps. =)
Admin Also Commented
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A lot of to choose from while we are looking for a web development company and will have to research in detail for that. While hiring a web development company make sure you see the previous work done by the company and their clients if you can get to some. The clients can give you the best feedback regarding the company. Well my friend had been associated with a company named Starlink Design and he is happy with their services. You can have a look at the company at www.starlink-design.com.
They are handling his company website from last 2 years. It must be good and that is why he never changed the service provider. You can try them.
The same thing is happening with me but I am releasing that my employers had started their business when they worked under some other employer or company. They started their own company during working on some other company. When their business got flourished, then they had opened it separately.
Therefore, in freelancing web designing company, it is not unethical to setup your business during working on some other company. Website development companies have very low strength. I have heard max. 500 in website top most development company.
I have started my own website www.exchangeurideas.info during working on my current company
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