If you are a stay at home parent thinking about getting into the website design industry than this article is for you. When a person is searching for someone to design there website they are usually looking for someone who can get the job done quickly, and make it look good. They will usually want to see some of your work, either your own website or another website that you have designed for someone else. If you really want to get into the website design business then you should be confident enough in your own work and design skills to ask for work directly from a company or an individual.
If your website looks good and is fully functional then you are definitely on your way. It is possible to make a very decent living doing web design from home. However you will be surprised at how many people will want a professional site done for a cheap price. If you get a lot of offers like this when you first start, I would decline the work. You should not set your standards too high, but you do not want to set them too low either.
There is a very large demand for experienced designers on-line. Of course as with any business it will take time to establish yourself. There are also a lot of people who do this as a hobby and think they can design and will offer better rates. But in most cases once they see what they get for such a low rate, they will eventually pay more to get the site done right. It may also be a good idea to take a few courses in design if you do not currently have any background in this area.
There is also nothing wrong with doing a few free jobs to get your name out there. For example non profit organizations, and sometimes school districts look to have websites built for free. It is a good way to get some experience and get your work seen by others. I would not recommend taking too many free jobs however, this may actually hurt your business.
When trying to figure out what you should charge why not ask around. You could take a look at some of the on-line forums that they have for website designers. Or you can contact several on-line companies and see what there rates are. When thinking about advertising you want to avoid spending too much money when you are just starting out.
Think of simple inexpensive ways to advertise. For example there are many websites on-line that will let you advertise your website for free. So why not create a website that advertises what you do. Then start posting ad's on different websites and message boards. Remember it will take time, but these are just a few suggestions on how you can get started.