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    am I too old to start a web design career?

    Hello everybody!

    My name is Francisco and I'm 26 years old. These days I'm planning to start a career on web design as a freelancer but I dont know if I'm too old to start it.

    When I was very young (14/15 years old, more than 10 years ago), I loved to hang alone in my room with my two linux pc's and back in those days I learned a little of html, c and c++ (just the basics to understand how them works).

    Since I turned 16-18 years old, I got away from computer-systems related things and I studied to be a psychologist. However, these days I'm having this big desire to start a business on my own as a web design freelancer.

    It's worth to say that I got 2 clients in the last month but the only thing I did for them was to get a hosting, domain, installed wordpress with a wordpress theme and personalized it. Not much of web designing or programming, just a little html tweaks.

    I'm studying a book to go in depth with my html and css knowledge and I'm planning to study javascript and a little of PHP.

    I thing I have the profile to be a web designer. I love to learn new things constantly, I have a sedentary way of life (I can sit in front of my laptop all day), I have knowledge in programming basics, I’m an expert to get the info I need on the web, I’m a little geek. My only concern is that I’m 26 years old, turning 27 in November.

    What are your thoughts about it? I’m I too old?
    Sorry if my english is poor, it’s not my native language, I’m from México.

    Greetings!

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    You’re never too old to be a freelancer because it’s totally up to you what you do with your time. I was 25 when I started web development and I’m making a good living with it now. Business will likely be slow in the beginning as you slowly gain a reputation (if you’re doing a good job for those clients you have).

    At first you should build some skills by practicing a lot. Your first project should be to build yourself a portfolio site. Even if you don’t have anything to show yet, this will get you in the game with designing and coding etc. Learn from how others did their websites. If you have a clear idea in mind as to what you want then you’ll eventually get there. Also, a good way to practice and build your skills before you claim to be a professional and work on projects for serious money is to do some pro-bono work for local/community associations. This way you can also build some reputation to display on your portfolio for when you bid for serious projects.

    If you feel confident enough to design and/or build sites from scratch then go to relevant job listing websites to find people that look for help and apply for projects. I’ve made good experiences with http://authenticjobs.com and http://programmermeetdesigner.com/. And don’t let yourself be demotivated if you are rejected, that just goes along with being a freelancer. The next bid could be yours again.

    But besides all the designing and coding skills you should also gather some knowledge about legal things like how to write proper contracts and project specifications so that you don’t end up being shortchanged. But you’ll grow with the challenge and if you’re eager and disciplined you’ll eventually be successful.

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    Thank you for the reply!

    Good to know your story. I'm going to follow your advice for sure!

    This gives me hope and a little of motivation to keep forward with my idea.

    Also I'll stick to this forum, looks like there's a lot of information I can get here.

    Greetings from México!

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