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How to Work From Home as a Web Designer

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January 18th, 2014

People who have both a creative side and an affinity with technology can flourish as a Web designer. Web designers may work in offices and design studios, but over the years, more and more of them have decided to telecommute. If you’re interested in becoming one, here’s how to work from home as a web designer.

Skills and Qualifications

To become highly in-demand, a web designer needs to have the following skills:

  • Robust knowledge of graphic design
  • Excellent understanding of web design principles and terminologies
  • Comprehensive grasp of HTML and CSS, PHP, MySQL, Flash, and Javascript
  • Working knowledge of SEO
  • Updated with the latest design trends
  • Working knowledge of online video clip production and editing
  • Proficient in the use of web design software

Creativity is innate and cannot be learned, but technological proficiency can be achieved through education and training. Web designers are expected, at the very least, to have a high school diploma. Many clients find it preferable, though, if the Web designer has a Bachelor’s degree in Web design, or associated programs such as fine arts, animation, or graphic design.

Employment Sectors to Target

Aside from the Information Technology industry, web designers are also often contracted by people or businesses from the following sectors or industries:

  • Software production
  • Advertising agencies
  • Marketing agencies
  • Design studios
  • Fashion and consumer brands
  • Business-services
  • Special interest groups or institutions such as political parties and churches
  • Educational institutions

Job Responsibilities

These are the most common job responsibilities of a Web designer:

  • Building a website or a landing page, either through coding or on improvising over a template, inclusive of arranging the layout, sections, and design elements
  • Maintaining the website, or acting as the Webmaster (client or account dependent function)
  • Troubleshooting the website, making it secure and resistant to hacking
  • Creating back-ups or managing automated back-ups
  • Updating the client’s website and making it cross-platform compatible

Remuneration

Homebased web designers are generally able to earn more, compared to those who work as regular employees because they are more able to set their own service rates, and the number of clients that they can handle.

Telecommuting web designers can earn an average of $50 to 100 per hour, depending on such factors as the complexity of the account, the state where the work is being done, or who the client is (name brands usually pay more than non-branded clients).

Homebased web designers can also negotiate for flat fees per month, if the project is extensive and complicated. Or, they can negotiate for an outright package fee. If the project has both print and Web design inclusive or complementary, then the Web designer can charge higher.

Getting  the Competitive Edge

Go beyond simply knowing how to work from home as a web designer and be more competitive in the telecommuting market by taking up short courses in digital arts and design, visual communication, multimedia production, interactivity and usability testing, and Web application programming and publishing.


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