Due to the growing popularity of the internet and the need to use the internet to find information, choosing Web Design as a career option is increasing for not just students leaving high school or university, but also for professionals looking for an enjoyable career change.
While it is true that the demand for web design services continues to grow, so are the number of business and individuals offering it, making competition significantly stiffer. Ignition Media has been in this industry for 7 years and has been lucky enough to have had an amazing track record, and a long list of satisfied customers.
If you’re considering getting into Web Design, well here are a few pointers to help you on your way;
You must be creative
The process of web design can be learned using several resources. While some may be able to hone their skills by simply watching tutorials on YouTube, others will need some form of formal training from a specialised school to learn the skills required to design and develop a website. However, based on experience, it is not just your knowledge of computer languages and different programs that will help you become a successful website designer. If there is one thing I’d put to the top of the list, it would be creativity. As I mention, competition in the field of web design is cutthroat and copying designs from other websites will not help you get ahead. You must have that skill that allows you to perfectly balance each element giving each of your projects the best possible results. Your designs must not only be visually appealing, but they must also be unique and responsive.
Willingness to learn new technology
Web design continues to evolve. Every now and then, experts discover new technologies that can make the process of designing websites easier and more effective. If you want to stay on top of your game, you must be willing to invest time and energy to ensure that you can keep up with all the latest advancements. Taking courses will surely help. I recommend joining some of the top web design forums so you can communicate with expert web designers as they share their ideas and knowledge. Digital Point and SitePoint are two forums I’d get started with.
You must love spending hours in front of your computer
To be honest, this is an absolute requirement when you’re starting a career in web design. Designing a single website can take hours if not days depending on the specific needs of your clients. As such, it is crucial that you don’t easily get bored whenever you’re in front of the computer. Most freelancers, who work at the comforts of their own home, also do this all by themselves. Yes, that means they don’t have co-workers which can make the whole process a bit more boring.
Great time management is the key
It doesn’t matter if you’re working for a web design and development company or you’re a freelance web designer, it is crucial that you have great time management skills not just to ensure that you’ll be able to deliver the designs on time but also to effectively manage your life’s other aspects. Also, once you’ve become a trusted designer, you can expect to attract more clients and sometimes, this would mean working on 4-5 designs all at the same time. Unless you know how to properly budget your time, there is no way that you can provide great output to all your clients and this can lead to the negative client experience. Also, you’ll want to finish each project on time as the more unnecessary hours you put in each design, the less profit you’ll make. If you’re a freelancer, understand that you’ll be paid per output so it is crucial that you’re able to deliver as many designs as possible during your work hours.
The customer is always right
In the world where you provide service to different clients, realising the slogan that “the customer is always right” will do you good. It is your clients that will make your business thrive, so it’s only right that you give them exactly what they want. Although sometimes this means going that extra mile, making your customers happy is the best way to ensure that your business will become more successful because there’s no better way to get new work than through word of mouth adverting. Let your clients know that you carefully listen to their clients and will do whatever it takes to make them happy.
While a career as a web designer has many advantages, it isn’t for every. If you’re looking for a professional website and don’t have what it takes to follow a career in this field, then get in touch with Ignition Media. We strive to be known as a leading Gold Coast web design and development company. We offer responsive and visually appealing website designs that are sure to capture the attention of your target audience. If you need unmatched web designs and personal customer service, Pick up the phone and give me a call on 07 5568 7515, or email me via the contact form.