Making money from providing web design and development services is getting harder by the day due to many negative factors that have affected the web design and development industry. Some of those factors include loss of trust in web designers/developers, missed project delivery deadlines, unprofessional website design and development services, and a bulk of other bad news.
I have built more than 500 websites, both custom (CakePHP), and content management systems (WordPress) based websites, and one thing I can tell you is that getting a customer to pay you for your services requires skills just as much as completing the project.
Let’s look at the challenges and possible solutions.
1. Getting the deal.
How do you convince a client that you are the right man for the job?
After bitter experiences from quack web designers (yes they exist), most potential clients become wary of start-up guys.
This is (and will always be) a bottleneck as long as you are starting up.
#Solution: A portfolio containing jobs you have done in the past and recommendations from reputable people can make this easy for you.
2. Getting good pay.
The moment a client knows you are a start-up, you might not get the standard pay of a fortune 500 company (it’s fortune 1k these days).
#Solution: Reference jobs you might have done in the past (or you were involved in) and give the client an idea of pricing based on those standards. If the client cannot pay that high, ask for their budget.
3. Project management.
Don’t become another failure in this game. More than 50% of project failures happen due to improper planning.
#Solution: Focus on the tasks at hand and stick to your schedules. You will succeed.
I recommend you learn how to use project management software. Microsoft Project is a good start. You can also check an array of Software as a service (SAAS) project management software online.
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Web Applications & Online Business Developer.