Apart from my full-time and part-time jobs, I also run my own graphic design business on the side. I have spent the last 6 months building my online portfolio, networking with potential clients, and creating an “image” for myself. I’m not a high end designer, and I never want to make it my full-time career, but I did get professionally trained in it, and it’s a good way to make some extra money.
Websites aren’t exactly my strongest skill, because there is so much technical knowledge that I just don’t have. I’m much stronger in the design and layout aspect of graphic design. I want to specialize in brochures, pamphlets, advertisements, logos, etc.
That being said, I’ve been talking with a real estate agent for the past month about building her a website. After she went and got quotes from the big graphic design companies in town, she decided to go with me. Mostly because I’m cheaper than everyone else, but also because I came highly recommended by a friend who graduated in the same year as me.
This is all very exciting for me! I quoted her $2,000 for the base website (I know, I could have charged way more … but I’m just starting out, and she knows I’m not as advanced as some of the big design companies). I think when it’s all said and done, it’ll cost her around $3,000. I will also be maintaining the site after it is complete for $60/hr. (1/2 hr. minimum time blocks) … and if she needs any photographs taken of the properties, I’ll also be charging $60/hr.
If I could just get two contracts like this a year, that’s an extra $6,000 of income I can bring in! :)