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Posted October 9, 2009
A great business book specifically targeted to someone who designs websites and wants to make a living at doing it.
The title of this book is How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Web Site Design Business, but it contains so much more that can apply to any entrepreneur starting a new business. The first thing you want to know is this book will not teach you how to design websites, the book assumes that you are already good at that. This book tells you how to turn that skill into a viable business.
My favorite part of the book is the add-on services section. It makes perfect sense, you already have the skill and know-how to create great web sites, you have a list of businesses that trust (and more importantly pay) you for that service, so why not expand your business with complementary services like search engine optimization and pay-per-click marketing programs. You can tell that the authors of this book have already gone through the difficulties of starting and operating a web site design business. They have already had success and the failures in the business and they give the reader a roadmap to the success while avoiding the failures. It is like getting the answer to the test! This is one of those books that you will find yourself pulling off your shelf from time to time as you grow your business.
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Posted December 17, 2009
Informative & Helpful
Simply - I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The content is well organized in a progression of information that makes sense when starting any business. There are relative and applicable links or references at the end of each chapter as well as questions to ask yourself before moving onto the next step in your business.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book will help me greatly in my own endeavors to start a web design business. I recommend it highly!
Posted August 25, 2009
How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Web Site Design Business
How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Web Site Design Business is a complete step-by-step business plan for web site design entrepreneurs. It's a phenomenal guide for the novice and a great companion for the designer who needs some savvy business advice. Authors, Charlotte Evans and Bruce Brown, cover the challenges, pitfalls, and successful secrets of the trade, as well as offering motivation, thought provoking questions and pertinent checklists.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The emphasis of the book is the business aspect of web site design. The main focus is marketing, finance, customer service, and development, with references to specific programs and computer hardware to help enhance one's business. From selecting a domain name to page layout to market analysis, no question is left unanswered. It is the proverbial "right hand" that will give the reader an edge in their field. As an added bonus, a percentage of the proceeds go to The Humane Society.
Posted August 5, 2009
Valuable resource for all independent website designers
Most website designers have technical and creative abilities, but may not possess, or even be aware of, the other skills necessary to start and run a business. This book includes a comprehensive guide to topics relevant to any business, such as competitor research, pricing, bookkeeping, and marketing strategies, but goes beyond that by suggesting complementary services which may be offered to website clients to generate additional income.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The helpful information is supplemented by useful worksheets and checklists which appear throughout the book and on the companion CD-ROM, making this a valuable reference book for new and experienced website designers alike.
Posted July 5, 2009
The first step to becoming your own boss
With more and more people losing their jobs everyday, entrepreneurs are popping up everywhere. Web design is big business, every business out there has a website and if they don't they need one. Many businesses are working on improving their websites and marketing due to the bad economy, so web designers are needed everywhere.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Just like starting any business, when you start a web-design business you need to have a plan and some idea about business and the internet. This book is great for anyone even thinking about starting a web design business, you will learn how to figure out what your objectives are, just what a web designer does, and setting realistic expectations.
The best part about this book is it helps you to write your business plan and your marketing plan, many business owners don't do this and they fail. Using this book you can write your personalized business plan and take the specific steps needed to make your web design business successful.
Read about what the challenges are in this business, how you can be different and stand out, tools of the trade and what you need to do to license and register your business. If you follow the steps in this book and do your research you can have your web design business up and running in no time!