Any advice for a would be self-employed web consultant?
August 10, 2005 11:58 AM Subscribe
I am considering starting up a small (one person) web consulting business, offering web design and development, newsletters, blogs etc. Advice from those with relevant experience would be much appreciated.
posted by pasd to Work & Money (15 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Background: I have always been an employee, mostly for large organisations and I'm currently employed in a reasonably well paid, but drastically under challenging and largely un-related area (technicalish writing). I am young enough (late 20s) and unencumbered enough (supportive girlfriend, no kids, little debt) to be considering this move seriously. I have previously worked in web development and design. I am not a stellar designer or developer, but I think I know enough to do good job and have a good eye for what needs to be done in terms of web projects. I am based in Toronto, Canada.
Of particular use would be advice that relates to: Marketing (I'm thinking a blogging on the Internet and how it relates to your business as well as networking/referrals).
Fees (I'm aiming for reasonable but sustainable, hard data on the market is surprisingly hard to come by but I'm thinking perhaps $30-40cdn/hour).
Self-employment (I'm hoping for a reasonable trade off between my current security, comfort and ease for a future that is more self-defined, fulfilling, varied and perhaps somewhat cash poor, at least for now).