Hot Home Business: Web Designer

Want to work from home but not sure what you can do? The Hot Home Business Directory helps you find a business to run out of your home, lists the skills you need to do it and tells how to get started and where to get more information. Read on to find out if this Hot Home Biz is for you!

What you'll do:
Design, produce and program sites for the World Wide Web.

Skills you'll need:
Expertise in Photoshop and Illustrator; facility with other programs such as QuarkXpress and Director is useful but not necessary. Top-notch artistic skills. Solid knowledge of HTML, including any of its latest permutations. The flexibility and capability to learn new programs and adapt to a changing creative environment on an ongoing basis.

Equipment you'll need:
A good computer, modem, printer and scanner. A digital camera is a nice addition. Get the most powerful computer you can afford, along with the biggest, best monitor you can find. Mac is still the platform of choice for most designers, though in most cases you'll be designing for a Windows world. Consider one of Apple's dual-processor machines so you can develop on a Mac and check your work under Windows.

Start-up costs:
$3,000 and up for a computer with a scanner, fast modem and printer. Anywhere from $100 to $5,000 to market yourself via advertisements in trade publications, on the Web and through direct mail campaigns.

How much you can make:
Anywhere from $20 to $100 an hour, depending on your local market and your skill level. Knowledge of newer programs that haven't become industry standards will help you charge higher rates, as will cross-platform (Mac/PC) skills and programming abilities.

How to break in:
Design a killer personal Web site, throwing in all of the skills you've got, including your highly refined sense of aesthetics and your ability to deliver a powerful message with minimal bandwidth. Most Internet service providers will host personal pages for free. Design a great site for free for a nonprofit organization -- and let the world know about it.

For more information:

Organizations: The World Wide Web Artists Consortium
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