Choosing to be a stay at home mum allows you to watch your children grow. It is a full time job that doesn’t provide monetary returns, but the benefits are greater than any salary you could ever hope to earn.

However, as your children grow older and get involved in more activities, your expenses are likely to increase. You may therefore be thinking of getting a job to meet these additional expenses. However, getting a job outside the home would mean sacrificing time with your family.

If you aren’t willing to make this sacrifice, you ought to consider becoming a work at home mum. There are several ways you can earn money without having to leave your home. One such way is by becoming a freelance web designer.

Helpful Tips

If you’re considering becoming a web designer and work from home, you may want to take note of some of the following tips.

  1. Skills you need for a successful career

Contrary to what many people believe, you don’t have to know how to code in order to become a web designer. Coding is definitely a plus but is not quite necessary. This is because many times website coders are not the same as web designers. You should instead ensure that you have some artistic talent as well as a good eye for design.

You can further your skills after getting started by learning HTML, Javascript, CSS and any of the other programming languages you find necessary for your work. This will make you more valuable to your clients as a designer.

It is also important to develop some level of skill using Photoshop.

  1. Learn to make good designs

There are three basic qualities of good website design:

  • The design is clean and simple
  • Good design is easy to navigate through
  • Good design represents the business in a way that will encourage customers to engage with it.

It is important to remember these points when designing a website. A great example of a website that applies all these three elements is Google. This is one of the most popular websites in existence. Yet it also has a very simple and easy to navigate design.

It is important to ensure that your client is happy with the results of your work. You should therefore develop your communication skills in order to understand what the clients require. You should also sharpen your psychological skills to help you determine the most appropriate design that will be appealing to your client’s target audience.

  1. Build a portfolio

You don’t need to have done actual work to have a portfolio. You can start by creating your own website. This is a great way to really explore your creative side and showcase your talent. This should be the starting point for your portfolio.

As you get more work, you can add these  websites to your portfolio. You should create an online portfolio to allow potential clients to view your work and determine whether you are a right fit for the work that they have in mind.