Make Money Designing Websites for Others
Make Money Designing Websites for Others – another option for Internet entrepreneurs growing in popularity with the tools available today.
Designing websites to make extra cash on the side or as a full time venture can be extremely profitable and rewarding at the same time. There is a growing demand for websites as more small businesses and individuals want to establish an online presence.
Though creating a website can be simple, not everyone has the time or the patience to learn how to develop one. And this is where you come in with all the knowledge you have gained about how to create a website.
Make Money Designing Websites – Step 1
Build Your Website First
In order to sell web development services to others, you must have your own website. You want to be able to display to your customer what you are capable of.
More importantly, people needing websites will most likely search for web development services on the Internet, not in Yellow Pages or local newspapers. You must market your website on the Internet to generate potential clients for your web development business.
You must focus on Search Engine Optimization
(“SEO”), Link Building
through Directory Submissions
and Reciprocal Link Exchanges
, Internet Marketing
and Article Marketing
. This website will provide you will everything you need to know to get that exposure and start generating potential client leads.
Once you are established with search engines and start making some money, consider investing some of that money in Pay-Per-Click Advertising
. A good pay-per-click campaign coupled with an optimized website is the best recipe for success for an online business.
Make Money Designing Websites Step 2
Branding Your Business
No matter what business you are in, if you are operating online, I strongly recommend that you include your industry in your title and domain name. For example, if you are selling pet medicine online, you want your domain to be something like www.petmedicine.com.
This is important because your search marketing efforts, including directory submissions, reciprocal links and article marketing will all involve the use of your domain as a link to your website. If you domain includes a keyword or phrase pertaining to your industry, you will have the added benefit of being ranked higher by search engines (because your keyword is in your domain name and your domain name is used to link to your website).
Make Money Designing Websites Step 3
Establish Your Portfolio
After developing a few sites for your clients, ask their permission if you can include their website on your website so that you can show potential clients the type of work you have done in the past. Not many clients will refuse your request. It gives them added exposure to have their websites mentioned in yours.
Make Money Designing Websites Step 4
Build Multiple Streams of Income from Your Web Design Business
This is your first source of revenue. The last time I checked web development fees ranged from $60-$120 per hour. You can choose to charge by the hour or per project – it’s up to you.
With the number of automated and easy to use tools we have available today I see a strong downward pressure on this number as web developers will undercut one another to become more competitive.
I am not telling you what you should charge. I am merely discussing the trends in the market. What you charge and how you charge is completely up to you. Just make sure to research the market before you set your price point so that you are competitive.
Domain & Hosting
Since you will be developing a website for your clients, it makes sense to provide domain and web hosting services as well. With a good reseller program like GoDaddy's Wild West Domains
you can resell domain names and hosting services for just $99? per year. You can make this fee back in just a blink of the eye.
A good reseller program will allow you to set the price you want to charge for domain names and hosting services. You pocket the difference between the price you charge and the price you pay the reseller program (often very low). You can advertise these prices on your website.
Additionally, you can choose to have another website that promotes your domain and web host selling services. A good reseller program will give you your own website that you can customize to market your products at your specified prices.
It is very easy to set up a reseller program. Once you set it up, you have no more work to do but to promote your website. all the transactions will be handled by the reseller as if your customer is purchasing directly from them. Your reseller is also responsible for all customer support queries.
The beauty of the reseller program is that you earn profits on a residual basis. Meaning, you continue to collect checks from your reseller monthly and yearly as long as your client’s website is up and running. The more clients you build overtime, the bigger your monthly checks will become. All this with just a one time effort of making the initial sale.
Consider the following example:
Your reseller charges you $4.99 per domain name and $3.99 for web host services on a monthly basis. You price your domains at $8.99 and hosting at $7.99 per month.
You get a client who wants a website developed and you charge $750 to build their website. You sign them up for a domain and web hosting through your reseller program website.
If your client keeps their website for 12 months, you earn a total of $846
; $750 + $48 ($8.99-$4.99 x 12 months) + $48 ($8.99-$4.99 x 12 months). If you get 10 clients like this one in a month, you will have earned $8,460
. If you continue your services for a full year and keep getting 10 clients per month, you will have earned $101,520
Now here is the best part. The $48 you make each on domain and hosting is passive and residual in nature. This means you don’t have to do anything at all and this money will still flow in every year. If you have 10 customers, you will make $480 every year for doing nothing. This number will only increase as you get more customers over time.
Join the GoDaddy reseller program here
You can make real good extra cash by selling the bells and whistles that compliment a website. For example, an eCommerce website might want to purchase a Secured Sockets Layer (“SSL”) to encrypt the information that customers enter.
Others might want the traffic analysis tools, dedicated hosting services (recommended for websites that expand to generate heavy traffic volume), additional eMail accounts, eMail marketing tools, forum and Blogging capabilities, domain monitoring services (good for backordering purposes), traffic generating programs and many many more.
A good reseller program
allows you to offer all these complementary features to your clients.
Supplemental Services SEO/SEM Fees, Link Building, Article Marketing
The revenue can really roll in once you start offering services to supplement your clients’ website success. Any service to help your clients generate traffic and exposure to their website can demand top dollar.
Let’s take SEO for example, when I was shopping for firms to do the SEO on my eCommerce website, I received quotes ranging from just a couple hundred dollars to thousands. After all, without traffic any website of any caliber is really worth nothing.
With the free information available on this website, you can help your clients with SEO, search marketing, help them build page rank through establishing link exchanges and writing expert keyword focused articles just to mention a few. The possibilities are endless and the sky is your limit in this venture.
I am not a web developer by any means, but I have built over 30 websites (both complex and simple ones like this) either for personal use or for someone else. I have also gotten paid a few times for building websites for others in the past.
Most of my requests have come from referrals. However I have also received a fair share of referrals from the Internet. I can design websites for a living if I choose to, and it is something I will definitely consider in the long run. If I decide to do this however, I will most likely design a website dedicated just to my web development business.
This discussion is meant to demonstrate how lucrative this opportunity can be and if approached the right way could turn into a full-time activity that can generate a lot of cash overtime in both web design fees and residual commissions from domain, hosting and supplemental services.