How To Become A Web Designer: Web Designers Share Their Stories

If you’re thinking about becoming a web designer, this is a compilation of stories on how successful web designers got started and what they’ve learned along the way, which I hope will give you a good amount of inspiration and practical tips that will be highly beneficial to you. Here are the main pieces of advice that have been submitted so far (for each point, I’ve linked to the full comment including the story of how the designer got started):

  • Take the first 1-2 years to really learn the trade and work with clients directly, and after that, look to leverage talent around you or abroad that you can subcontract out to earn more profits with less work (link)
  • You have to be a good communicator. So much of the success in any freelance service is the ability to communicate your value to a potential client and to listen to their challenges and show them you can help with solutions (link)
  • Be constantly learning and reaching out to other designers (link)
  • Learn as much as you can on your own, and work for a few years for a larger agency (link)
  • Think about the user and their experience (link)
  • Join Facebook groups and networking groups for business owners and freelancers (link)
  • Never be afraid to apply for a web design job (link)

But this is just a summary, so I strongly recommend reading through all the comments below in their entirety. Also, if you happen to be an established web developer yourself, you’re welcome to add a comment to this article


Wilder Bolaños Gómez

Adobe Consultant | Adobe Speaker | Creative Cloud & Document Cloud | Certified Instructor & Expert.

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