Have intentions of starting a Web Design Business. Need Advice. Anything helps.
I would really appreciate it if some of you could take the time to read this post and provide feedback/advice! I'm sorry that it's long, but it would really help!
I've made websites for people before, but my clients were either family members, or friends. Here's what i've made so far:
- www.ischoolerz.com -- A classmate/friend of mine needed a website done for a small business that he was starting up.
- www.rubalawns.com -- A friend of mine's uncle needed a website for his landscaping business.
- www.greekcafemix.com -- My uncle needed a website for his restaurant. Please excuse the terrible color selection, he insisted on a full blue background.
So as you can see, I've never dealt with a client that was a complete stranger, and because of this, my lack of knowledge in business/client interaction wasn't a big deal.
My question here is, what's the next step? I'm assuming I'll need to study a bit of business. I know I'll need to study the process of web design with a client (the stages of production, etc). What are some things that I need to know before investing my time into getting this started? What are somethings that I should know that I probably don't know about right now?
Any resources would also be extremely helpful, and any advice from you guys would be as well. Again, the help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!