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Being a Successful Designer

Website design is a very important aspect of our businesses online today. This is why the demand for designers is increasing. This article is aimed at helping designers without a formal degree to be able to provide designing services to the clients.

Designing is an art. It is something that people can’t impart. It is inherited. People are born with a knack for knowing how things should be put together to create the best impact. However, a formal education in this direction reinforces the trust one can have towards a designer.

But what if you do NOT have a degree but are excellent in every way in doing what you do? Well, do not lose hope. You can still do effective business and provide services to your clients’ just fine. There are a few things that can help you get good business.


This is the most important step in almost every discipline. A people belonging to a more practical kind of jobs choose to ignore the books completely saying that theory isn’t as helpful. However, please note that the brick and mortal lie in the books for the beautiful building that you wish to create. There are many legit tricks, many ideas, many concepts that you will find in the books that will help you. It may not be formal education, but it will go a long way in showing you how you can avoid practical blunders. Of course, if you ignore the books, maybe someday you will learn this from experience by making mistakes and dealing with them, but reading the book in the first place will eliminate a situation where you might have to cut a sorry figure.


Research is absolutely inevitable because that is the only way you will get to see work by masters. You can note the things great websites have and identify what works and what does not. Do not expect enlightenment overnight. It takes time. Be patient and dedicated and then get on with your work


There is absolutely no need for you to wait for a single golden project. There are many projects in this world. There will be many kinds of people who will want a website to be designed. Sometime a small website and sometime a big one. You don’t necessarily need to turn projects down because they’re small by your standards. Create websites even if you don’t get paid in the initial stages.

This will not only ensure that you get the much needed practice in the actual world, but also help in two major ways:

1. Word will go around that you are available as a resource to design websites for clients at a nominal expense.

2. Your website will be hosted live on the internet and therefore will get exposure towards your online target audience who may be interested in getting their website designed.


This is the most important thing. Real work and success will only come if you work hard enough. Sometimes I feel that success is like that beautiful damsel that you have to woo in order to get by your side. Do your bit. Be good to your clients and understand their needs. The better the work you give them, the more you succeed.

People, especially in the realm of IT, usually seek references before hiring website designers. Giving good service to a particular client will ensure that other prospective clients who seek your reference will get a good feedback from him about you. This will help you in developing your good will.

Price your services nominally so that small and medium sized business owners find it convenient to get your services. In a business, you must learn to take one step at a time. Begin small and work your way up.


Bogdan is the founder of Top Design Magazine. You can find him in Bucharest-Romania so next time you want to drink a beer there and talk about web and stuff, give him a message.