Web designers are needed for all companies, large or small. Web design uses both art and technology to create beautiful, value-driven experiences for people using a website or app. Web design and development is expected to grow by 15% annually from 2016 to 2026 (US BLS.gov).
There are always old websites in need of professional web design, and foundational books like HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites and Don’t Make Me Think (about user experience) are ways to figure out if becoming a web designer works for you. Something else to consider is that web designers can work part-time or full-time and close to 20% are self-employed and/or work from home.
The pay can be good, too. Qualified web designers can make $50,000 or more, if working full-time. Part-time can bring $20 to $30 an hour or more, based on skill set and experience.
What you’ll need
A self-employed web designer needs:
- Communication skills for customers
- If having clients at home, a dedicated space and up-to-date technology
- Multiple operating systems and monitors
- Education from self-study and community college classes. Big money isn’t needed for college degrees or graduate work.
- Skills in e-commerce are almost a must with today’s websites
Additional learning resources
Actionable online courses like CodeAcademy , Mozilla Developer Network, Khan Academy, and MIT OpenCourseWare can help teach you everything from foundational information to web design knowledge to earning money as a freelance web designer. Here are even more immersive courses and learning tools with access to direct instructor feedback and mentorship with platforms like Treehouse, LinkedIn Learning and General Assembly.
And this site – vaguys111 – is looking for freelance designers or developers.
Freelancer also has web design jobs
Flexjobs has open positions, too
LinkedIn has more jobs!
There are many options in this field and not just in web design, but also web development and e-commerce solutions.
Dion Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs
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