Since I set up my HTML5 business a few months back, I’ve encountered a bunch of problems recently that I never had to deal with when I was gainfully employed. Things like:
- Hiring employees. I’ve been using Elance and oDesk and I didn’t realise what a bloody nightmare it is to find good quality talent. I’m hiring from India and the Philippines for cost reasons which makes it that much harder.
- Paying taxes. I now have an accountant and accountancy software but I’m still a sole trader so personal tax also needs to be taken into account. I found a tax calculator that does some of the work for me, but it’s still a pain!
- Working hours. Forget about working 40 hours a week when you work for yourself. That’s the dream/myth but I’ve been doing 12+ hours a day, and a good 10 hours more on weekends. It’s hard when you have only yourself to rely on.
- Too much to get done. My todo list is HUGE! It’s nothing mission critical and I already have a couple of clients and some leads but getting through my tasks is going very slowly!
I’m sure other business related challenges will arise, especially as my little venture starts to grow but it’s a very fun process with a steep learning curve! Literally thrown myself in at the deep end.
Until next time!
I just signed up a dozen new clients to my website design agency in the last month because they don’t know how to make websites, but we do! I still find it hilarious that I am building a solid business by doing something I find so easy and rewarding – making sites.
I mean, there are tutorials that can teach them to build a website themselves but I still get clients willingly paying thousands of dollars (sometimes on monthly retainer) to do it for them.
I guess it’s different strokes for different folks but when I think how easy it really is to do, technically, it boggles my mind that they need me.
But then again, I imagine a plumber feels the same way when I call him in to unblock my kitchen sink pipe!
Seriously though, my website creation process is so simple:
- Client survey – what they want from us
- Quick wireframe spec of the design job
- Install a CMS (usually WordPress)
- Outsource PSD design on Elance
- Outsource PSD to WordPress
- Deliver to client
Basically, my model is that I find the client, manage the project and deliver the result. All the actual work is outsourced and done by somebody else.
See – told you making websites is easy
It’s been a little while since I last blogged about the launch of my HTML5 company – mainly because life got… HECTIC.
I’ve actually been writing a book. An Amazon Kindle book to be precise!
You might have heard that Amazon Kindle and the ebook marketplace is blowing up at the moment and very popular. Millions of people are switching from hard and soft back to the new Kindle readers.
I even got my Mum a Kindle last Christmas!
So my plan was to put my knowledge into an ebook. I’ve been making a LOT of money from it so far. Like, a good 4 figures a month with minimal upkeep and work needed.
How did I do it?
I used a random guide I found which basically lets you find out:
- What keywords to target in Amazon
- Which categories are most successful
- How to spy on your competition
- Secret tricks to rank #1 in Amazon
It’s been a godsend to be honest and using the software, the guide included and a bit of my own trial and error, I’ve not got 7 ebooks like on Amazon, and I’m making a good dozen or so sales a day!
Not bad for a silly old web programmer, eh?
Some exciting news today…
Games Lab Wales is officially becoming a company!!!
I’ve been building web based HTML5 games and flash stuff as a freelancer for years but now I’m actually leaving it all behind to launch my own network of sites. I’m working with a partner who already has some connections build up so I can’t say too much right now…
Let’s just say that we’re gonna make HTML5 games that are breaking boundaries and hopefully put little old Wales firmly on the digital map!
I can’t wait.
A few months back I blogged about a family member annoying me because they wanted me to make them a website and I didn’t want to do it out of the goodness of my heart for the umpteenth time!
Well now I don’t have to. I came across this great “how to create a website” guide that teaches you how to do it yourself and it’s bloody brilliant. Now whenever somebody asks if I can do them a cheap/free site I just send them a link to the book on Amazon, tell them I’m too busy and let them sort it out for themselves.
I like to think I’m empowering them to be better and learn this web stuff but really, the new FIFA is out soon and I can’t be arsed to do it!
Thank God I found that site hehe
This is a bit of a rant, but my god it’s hard being a web designer these days. Not only do family members and friends of friends want you to do them a website in your spare time, they also want you to do it for free or peanuts.
I’m tempted to send them all to the Wikipedia Web Design page and let them figure it out for themselves.
Instead of playing Call of Duty, I’m wasting my evenings because I feel bad if I have to let Auntie Di down and tell her to make her own bloody website!
I think this is something all web workers come across but it’s very annoying. The only thing more annoying is that late night phone call when you become tech support for your father in law because he’s trying to print his CV at 11 o’clock at night!