Here you will learn the complete and easy guide to building a successful freelance website for your business in only a week. If you have a creative business this guide is tailored to your needs.
Maybe you did try to create your own website and got overwhelmed; confusing set-up costs, designing and don’t even get me started on search engine optimization (SEO). Or perhaps you feel that having your own website is not needed (I know we did at first). It’s easy to believe that it would be a lot of effort for no real reward. However, we at Design Nugget are strong believers in establishing yourself by being bold and showing the world your unique personality. Hopefully, we can show you why having your own website is the best choice for your business.
Eventually, you will want to start appealing to higher quality clients, grow your business, acquire a stable flow of income and more. Having a website allows you to do just that. Without a website, you would have to rely on freelancing platforms like Fiverr or Upwork. Some take a cut of your money or you just get tucked away in a dark corner behind a sea of other talented individuals. It can get even worse when you have to bid lower and lower on jobs since freelance platforms can be crowded.
Once you decide to create your own website, not only will you see how it makes you more money in the long run but also how fast and easy it can be to create a killer one using customizable templates. When you have your own website you build authority, it makes you look like a professional. It is also something you can be proud of, I love telling my grandma I have a website (she thinks I’m famous because of it). When you have such a digital presence, you will look like an established business, and people are willing to pay a premium price for the extra quality they see.
Because of these benefits, we think creating a freelancer website is one of the most important things you can do when you want to start taking your freelancing career seriously.
Once you have these three things you can begin customizing the look and feel of your website. The last step is:
I know this may seem a little intimidating, but I’m going to walk you through it. I will share my favorite tools and techniques so that you can have a website that’s ready to share with the world in no time at all.
The first thing you need if you don’t already own one is a domain name. Think of it as the street address where your home (website) is located. For example, our domain name is “designnuggetshop.com”. You will need one for your website.
The final piece of advice I can give you regarding domains is the extension. You know, the last part of the address, like “.com” or “.org” or “.ca” etc. If you want to target your local country, I recommend buying the appropriate extension (.ca for Canada). If you want to go international, then a .com is a safe bet.
You will need a website builder and hosting platform. This will enable you to build your website without needing to code. We have done the research for you and recommend Showit.
All our templates are Showit templates. Why Showit? Showit is the most intuitive web design program out there. We love it because EVERYTHING is customizable! Fonts, colours, images, buttons, placements etc you name it. If you’re not tech-savvy, don’t worry, Showit is the best blend of website-building convenience and coding freedom. This no-code-needed editor not only fulfils your design and content needs but also integrates your blog on the WordPress platform. That means you have total control over how things look, plus you’ll have the finest blogging platform at your disposal to reach more people with your content.
If you don’t already have one. You will have to purchase a Showit subscription. It may seem like a slightly significant cost to buy a Showit subscription and then pay for annually at first. However, remember that what you will be paying for is the ability to easily customize and update your website whenever you want without needing to code.
Showit comes with some good-looking free templates. If none of them are doing it for you, customising and making your own website from a blank page is an option but it could take forever. We at Design Nugget want to take all that trouble out of your hands. You can browse our shop to see what can be done on Showit. We have an array of beautiful and effective, customizable templates to cater to your needs.
If you have bought one of our temples the whole process becomes effortless. You can have the website up in less than a week. All you simply need to do is copy the “Design Key” (which will be sent to you upon buying) for that template and paste it into your Showit account. In seconds you will have a full website.
Once you have your layout sorted it’s time to begin converting your clicks to paying customers/clients.
Your website should answer these three questions well:
If anyone who clicks on your website can see the answer to these questions, you’ve done a great job. Potential customers/clients who know this and want to work with you will become more dedicated buyers.
I hope this has helped you find the answers you where looking for. Please don’t be afraid to reach out to us and tell us about your business.
Good luck with your future website endeavours.
-Sincerely Design Nugget