The ‘Business of Web Design’ is an audio book/podcast series that teaches you how to start and build a home based web design business.
I am still currently in the process of fleshing out all the details, but I do have a lot down on paper.
That said, I am very close to being ready to record the first (of many) sessions and I expect to have something out this week.
Update – Good news everyone! I’ve just released the first session.
About the style of the course
The audio sessions (podcast) will be created in a natural conversational style, rather than being like a dry lecture.
… I’ve listened to audio books before and though they are professional, they tend to be too formal sounding and so I typically end up falling asleep.
With that in mind, I decided that a conversational style would be a better way of doing this. And so when I will sit down to record the sessions, with my notes in hand, I will imagine that you are sitting here beside me (with a coffee perhaps) as I go over the subject at hand.
The Three Basic Sections
The book can be roughly divided into three major sections:
1. Startup of the business
- Learning about business types (incorporations, sole proprietorships etc )
- What skills do you need? Do you need to be a ‘hot-shot’ web designer?
- How much money do you need? Should you buy high end software and hardware?
2. Managing and building the business
- Getting clients and getting paid
- When and how to expand your business
- How to write out contracts, invoices etc…
3. Professional web design project management
- Managing your clients
- Understanding the web development work-flow
- Using a CMS and templates
I will be releasing chapters/sessions say … once a week or so. Each session will get it’s own post so that if you subscribe to the magazine’s RSS feed, you will be notified each time.
Why listen to me?
When any so called expert comes out of the woodwork to offer their sage advice, the first question you have to ask yourself is: why should I listen to them?
… I always found it strange that people would listen to a fat man about how to loose weight!
I’ve been designing web sites since 1994. I’ve been running companies since I was 19 years old – and I haven’t looked back since.
I’ve been a freelancer, contractor and web design business owner with employees and assistants working for me. In short, I have 18 years experience (and a relaxed secure lifestyle) to show for it.
Yes, I’ve made many mistakes along the way, but I’ve also managed a few good moves too. I can’t show you how to become filthy rich (because I am not there yet) but I can show you how to become financially independent by starting and running a profitable and fun web design business.
Let me know what you think!
If you have any questions, if you want something specifically answered, please post a comment and let me know.