I'm often asked how I became a freelance web designer and what advice I have for others who want to do the same.
Below, I will describe not only the technical skills you will need to become a web designer, but also the complementary skills you must master to help you stand out and be consistently hired in a competitive marketplace.
Before we dive in, I'll tell you a little bit about my career.
I started out as a freelance web designer in 2013 because he knew he could help companies to get better results. Since then, I have developed hundreds of successful websites in sectors such as health, technology, tourism, law, and many more.
I have also taught over 1,000 other aspiring web design experts in my WordPress web design course.
My experience, working on everything that influences a professional web design.
And thousands of SEO and digital marketing professionals read my blog and watch my content on Social Networks every day.
I started coding my websites fifteen years ago while taking an eCommerce course in college. I consider myself mostly self-taught. Although I studied economics at the University of Granada, I left that sector to devote myself to what I liked best, the digital industry. I have never stopped learning about web design. The digital world keeps me motivated day after day.
Soon after I learned how to design websites practically with WordPress, I somehow managed to convince a company in Spain to hire me as a web designer. I liked the new website so much that soon, several companies in the area contacted me to renew their websites. This work allowed me to fulfill another of my passions, traveling.
I quit my desk job so I could travel the world while working remotely. For the last five years or so, I've been freelancing for a living.
I have lived in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Prague, Budapest, and Berlin, which has helped me grow by meeting incredible entrepreneurs who work online.
I haven't contacted a client in months; nowadays, they always come to me, either through this blog or through referrals.
You know I do web design, but who am I?
1. I love tennis. It's the sport I play the most and the only thing I see on TV lately.
2. I have a dog that spends most of the day barking while I work, but it's worth it.
3. I have lived most of my life in Granada and some years in Malaga, Madrid, and Barcelona. I also lived 3 years in Thailand and one year in Prague, Budapest, and Berlin, where I learned more by meeting digital entrepreneurs who taught me how to grow. I currently live in Granada... although who knows...
4. I read books and then re-read them again so I can transcribe all my notes. Psycho? Maybe. But here are some of my recommendations of the last thing I'm reading (don't worry, you don't have to participate) about books on business, entrepreneurship, and business motivation.
5. I have a degree in brokerage and have been a financial analyst.
6. I started my first web design company with 60 euros (which cost the domain and hosting) and many hours of work.
7. I learned my spiritual side by visiting temples in Thailand, where I learned that meditation helped me concentrate on my daily tasks.
8. I have no interest in material possessions. The only thing (outside of my family and tennis) that excites me is the excitement of entrepreneurial mindset. I don't get tired of learning, and I don't feel I have to take time off because what I do is not work. Sometimes I lose track of time learning new things to apply to my clients.
It's my passion. I love it.
9. I am a former college rugby player, a sport where I learned respect for my teammates, the opposing team, and teamwork.
10. I love ecological projects, from which ideas and creativity emerge while making a better world.
There's more, but I'll stop before I embarrass myself further.
Now that you know me, I'd love to meet you. There are some ways I can help you. First, my team and I can create your company website. Due to the high demand I am currently facing, I have to rule out many proposals, but if it fits well, I would love to help you (make contact).
Secondly, you can learn my complete web design process (SEO, speed improvement, hosting, languages..) through my online Wordpress course. I only open the course to new members a couple of times a year.
If you're interested, join the waiting list here.