Are you struggling in your web design business?

It didn’t work out as you expected, did it? Running your own web design business was supposed to give you more time with the family and free you from that incompetent boss. You even thought you might be better off financially. Instead, you’re working longer hours and under constant stress, worrying about various aspects of your business.

If you can associate with that feeling then know that you are not alone. It has taken me 11 years of running Headscape and making mistakes to have finally reached a point where I feel the business exists to serve me and not the other way around.

I wish I could travel back in time and sit myself down to explain a few home truths about how to run an effective web design business. The lessons of the last 11 years would have come in very handy!

I may not be able to do that for myself, but maybe I can do that for you.

This year at Future of Web Design I am running a full day workshop where I share the lessons I have learnt running a web design agency.

The official blurb for the day can be found on the Future of Web Design site.

At £695 it is not cheap. However, that gets you access to the 2 day conference as well as the workshop. Also, I can pretty much guarantee that you will make that money back based on the things you will learn over the day.

Sometimes you need to invest in your business and your own sanity! If your web design business is getting on top of you this is money well spent.

Finally, if you use the code SPK10 at checkout you will get 10% off of that price.

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  • RyzeAgainst

    Funny that I would run across this right as I am starting up a design firm with a friend. Sounds interesting and could be useful information but no way in hell can I afford that :/

    Point to starting a firm is to make more money so I can be more financially sound!

    • boagworld

      That is a shame. You might also want to take a look at my upcoming book entitled “Client Centric Web Design”. That will cover some of the same issues.
      There is more information at: http://boagworld.com/season/3/

      M: 07760 123 120

      • RyzeAgainst

        Thank you for the quick reply. I will definitely check it out! I am a very young guy (20) and have a lot to learn so anything that can help me would be great!

  • RyzeAgainst

    Funny that I would run across this right as I am starting up a design firm with a friend. Sounds interesting and could be useful information but no way in hell can I afford that :/

    Point to starting a firm is to make more money so I can be more financially sound!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QH6S3BEMK2BC7NSK2YGXHZ5ULA Chie

    Hmm, you really seem experienced in the area…

    I am currently freelancer, elance, guru, pph, odesk, and I must say that 
    the income is usually ok, but not incredible either. 
    My personal experience was quite good, using many of them to create portfolios. Perhaps http://www.peopleperhour.com/ was what worked the most for me, as it has an ability to maintain quality in the jobs posted. 

    I start to believe that is impossible to be-your-own-boss.

    If you could, I would like to know your opinion. I’m trying to create reviews about them, and I need more information than my personal experience.

    Thank you in advance.

  • http://twitter.com/lawnsforyou Duncan Gray

    Thanks for that post Paul, always good to hear that people have worked through that stage in their Web Dev career – I think I’m still there…. It always feels like chasing your tail – find client, satisfy client, sign-off client….. oh, find client again! I’m actually trying to move away from the client side of things, towards commerce, and running sites for myself. My latest project – http://www.lawnsforyou.com – started up with my Dad, a lawn care expert, seems like the best prospect so far. Finding a subject expert to work with (even if it’s your Dad…) is pretty useful – certainly gets around the content generation issue!

    I’ve been meaning to get along to FOWD for a while now, this might just pursuade me to part with the cash.

    Cheers!
    Colin

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