I didn’t always know I wanted to become a website designer, but I did get an interest in graphic design back in high school. I loved magazines and the mix of images and text. I also just liked to make pretty things, aesthetic things.
In college, I majored in graphic design but never ended up graduating. But that didn’t stop me from pursuing my dreams!
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I would definitely say that becoming a website designer was a transitional process. While I was at my 9 to 5 job, I started doing Pinterest managing. I would design pins and schedule them for clients. But after a while, it got very monotonous and it wasn’t enjoyable anymore.
So I slowly transitioned into designing branding for small businesses. This is something I love and still do today!
While I was designing branding for clients, I wondered how hard could it be to design a website? I had been using website templates that other people had made, and it was always fun customizing them. But then I realized I didn’t know how to code. That might be an issue. And did I want to spend the time learning how to code? I felt like that would take forever.
Then Showit came into my life, and it changed the game for me!
I learned that you didn’t need to know how to code to use Showit. Everything was drag and drop. You literally click on an image or text and move it to wherever you want. Showit made it so easy!
I signed up for Showit’s free 14-day trial and started playing around with all of the features. Once I realized how easy it was to use and how customizable it was, even for beginners, I decided to switch my own website over from WordPress to Showit. That was even easy to do.
Once I got my own website designed to how I liked it, I started to design a website template. I chose to create a website template for photographers, so I gathered some stock photos from Unsplash and Pexels to use since they are free for commercial use.
When I finished designing that website template, I created 2 more and them I added them to my own website to try and sell.
I use Shopify Lite to help sell the templates because it easily integrates with Showit. This part does require a little coding but I promise, it’s super easy! I’m talking copy and past easy.
I also started selling my templates on Etsy and Creative Market. It’s important to have multiple streams of income and this is a great way to do that. As the saying goes, don’t put all your eggs into one basket.
When I got comfortable designing website templates, I decided I was ready to offer web design as a service to clients. I was nervous about designing custom websites, but was excited to work with clients to help them grow their business with an aesthetic and strategic website made just for them!
At this point in my website designer career (oh and I had quit my 9-5 job at this point!), I knew I wanted to scale my business and increase my income!
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I had been following Becca Luna’s TikTok and Instagram for a while now, and she was doing exactly what I wanted and was scaling her business with more clients and increasing her passive income.
She came out with a web design course that looked really promising. I was still a little apprehensive about buying a course, but I trusted Becca’s knowledge from all of her testimonials and the proof she had shown on her website and social media channels.
So I pulled the trigger and purchased the course. I was even able to split up the payment which made it easier to pay!
The course is honestly jammed pack with information with 30+ training videos covering business, client, design, and marketing.
You also get:
– downloadable CSV files for Asana to automate your client processes
– application and email template to save time
– easy to use Canva templates for Instagram and Pinterest to start attracting your dream clients
This course definitely gave me the tools and confidence to grow my business in the way I had always dreamed of! I rarely recommend courses or programs, but I’m making an exception for The Wealthy Web Designer course!
It’s such a cool feeling seeing someone who purchased one of my website templates and seeing how they customized it! Here is an example of someone using the Serena Laney template;
For me, I love being a web designer! I have learned so much about how to design a website for a client and I’m learning more every day. If you’ve thought about becoming a website designer, I encourage you to just start!
And if you want to fast-track a web design business, check out The Wealthy Web Designer!
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