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