The web design and programming industries have become flooded to the point of saturation with new talent and ‘wantrepreneurs’ trying to capitalize on templates and other gimmicks. Still, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to succeed. In fact, with the help of the following resources, a bit of common sense, and a quality product/service to offer, anyone can be well on their way to launching a successful web design or programming startup:
Accounting And CRM Software
The goal of every startup should be to operate at true capacity, and when that is achieved you’ll undoubtedly have the need for an accounting and/or customer relationship management software. These tools will help you manage the financial aspect of collecting payments while also making it easier to keep track of prospective leads.
Design Search Engines, Vector/Graphic Collections, And Stock Photo Libraries
A good developer knows that outside inspiration always leads to greater innovation, which is why it’s imperative to have access to an expansive collection of designs, templates, vectors, graphics, images, plugins, and other design components. The object is to become a wizard of web design, with a library that is not only extensive but which you also know how to browse and make the most of. Sites like Nice, VectorFinder, Visual.ly, Dribble, and Creattica should be embedded in your bookmarks.
Access To Freelancing Sites And Forums
Now that you have a way to accommodate an overwhelming amount of business as well as a practically limitless amount of inspiration and design features to pull from, it’s time to grab the bull by the horns and go get your first clients. You could try approaching and calling randomly targeted business owners, but that’s not going to be nearly as effective as applying for projects and positions on freelancing marketplaces and forums.
Designer And Template Marketplaces
Aside from forums and freelancing markets, there are also several platforms where you can find programming and design work regularly, with the most popular being Envato Studio, Codeable, and AwesomeWeb. Envato Studio actually owns a number of large design marketplaces like ThemeForest and CodeCanyon, so starting with that platform alone can take you places if theme development is your niche.
Invoicing And Time-Tracking Tools
Once you have a steady stream of work coming in. you need an efficient and organized way to keep track of invoicing and the time spent on each task. Time tracking is not only important when charging by the hour, it’s also a necessary measure to take when meeting deadlines and staying productive are high priorities.
Combining All Of The Above For A Well-Rounded Arsenal
In any business endeavor, you should strive to go into the challenge as equipped as possible. With the tools listed above, you’ll be in an ideal position to maximize productivity, optimize workflow, and appeal to a broad range of clients right out of the gate. Of course, you could just try to land your first project as a solo developer, but that would be more of a freelancing effort that an actual team-managed “startup.”