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Web Designing: Can It Be a Work From Home Job?

written by: Niki Fears•edited by: Robin L.•updated: 6/30/2011

Find out if web designers can work from home and what your options are.

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    Many people are beginning to see the great benefits of working from home. For employers, using home workers gives them much less overhead, higher quality work, a wider pool of potential workers from which to pull, and less loss of productivity due to absence, tardies, and inclement weather. For employees, they benefit by eliminating the commute which helps them save money and time, they have flexible hours, more time at home, and it eliminates the need for daycare.

    Of the many types of jobs that can be done from, Web Designing is one area which is perfectly suited for the home office. Since everything that you need to perform you job is right on your computer, you can do it from anywhere that you can take your laptop. In order to work from home as a web designer you have two options: Work for another company or start your own business.

    Work For Another Company:

    In order to survive in the business world of the 21st Century a business simply must have a web site. This means that companies will have to either use the services of a design firm or hire their own in-house creative team to build and maintain their site. Which translates into plenty of job opportunities for you to either work for a design firm or directly for companies looking to hire their own web designers.

    Following this option involves the usual job hunting skills of sending out resumes and follow up letters and will you need a portfolio of your work to show off to would be employers.

    Start Your Own Web Design Business:

    Another option is to strike out on your own and begin your own business. This may be somewhat riskier but at the same time presents many benefits. By starting your own business you can choose exactly what type of projects you are willing to take on and how many. You will still need a portfolio of samples that you can show to perspective clients as well as your own website. Additionally you will want to invest some time and money into advertising, letterhead, brochures, etc. to help you in obtaining clients. You can then set your own prices and decide which services you want to offer to you clients. It may take awhile to get a business off the ground, but the rewards can be well worth it.

    Whether you decide to start your own business or work for others, you will find that working from home is an enjoyable and rewarding experience and you will be amazed at how well web designing lends itself to your new environment.