Web designing is fast becoming the choice of millions when it comes to choosing a career that will let people earn their living. Certainly, there are many of you reading this article for the very same reason. That’s why you are here! Web designing seems to be a career that becomes a great source of awe for people who are not into it.
To the layman, designers appear to be creative ingenious who can design anything in the web world. Indeed it is true but then not all designers are same and not each one gets the same opportunity to begin their career. In reality, there are a lot of things one needs to keep in mind to becomes a successful designer in the long run and leave a mark in this field.
If you are a beginner who have finally decided to enter the field of designing but is wondering how to start the career in web designing you kind of need a helping hand that will let you take the first step with caution. As they say, taking the first step is difficult of all, the path becomes easy if you follow certain tips and tricks. Here, we will be helping you take that first step and start you career as a designer.
As a newcomer, you probably have questions and concerns regardless of your background, knowledge and creative skill. Don’t feel lost and read on as to what should be done by the newbies to enter into the design world.
1. Freelancing or Job : What would you choose?
First of all it is important to know few things about yourself. Ask yourself why do you want to go into this field? Would you want to freelance or go for a job?
2. Take the first step
As already mentioned, taking the first step is most difficult of all but that doesn’t mean giving up. Take risks, keep your mind open to new things, step on new territories follow your heart!
3. Make Your Portfolio
Portfolios you all know are the great source to brand yourself and promote your services. If you have planned to enter into the design field I am sure its not decision taken vaguely, you might have tried your hands on something in this field. If you don’t have portfolio pieces, it is suggested to create side projects to add in your portfolio. Also, you can take a small project from your friend or an acquaintances.
4. Learn The Business
It is suggestive to learn all the aspects of the business side of the design world especially you are planning to go for freelancing. Having a solid grasp of the business side is one important element of starting a career in any field you want to leave aside just designing.
5. Follow People That Inspire You
Follow people you admire as it can serve as the constant source of inspiration. Expand your network through Twitter, Linkedin are great communities for designers. Follow great designers who have made their mark and inspire you.
6. Be original
Taking inspiration from others is good and checking out designs that motivate you definitely works but then that doesn’t mean you have to copy them. Have your personal style. Branding your portfolio, your e-mails, your resume and building your network will help you get know but its your work that speaks out. Get motivated, take inspiration and try enhancing your skills.
7. Believe In Yourself
Believe in yourself is one of the most important tips for beginners and even professionals. Take critical criticism as positively as possible and don’t allow negative words lower your opinion of yourself and your abilities.
8. Take Criticism Constructively
Who likes criticism of their work but then without the feedback we don’t come to know about our mistakes. Taking criticism constructively is the best thing one can do.
9. Never Stop Learning
Learning is a never ending process. Especially when you are new comer, one thing you need to know is that you should start learning but never stop learning when if you master the designing skills.
10. Hard Work Always Pays Off
I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before but it’s true. Hard work always pays off. If you want to be good, work hard and practice. Practice makes a man perfect.
11. Patience is the Key
This is yet another tip that works a great deal. Remember nobody can master the skills overnight. You can’t expect yourself to learn things as soon as you begin. Be patience as getting to where you want to and to be a professional designer it will take time. Take your time. There is no shortcut to success. Complete one thing and then move on to the next.
12. Don’t compromise quality over quantity
This is not apt for just designing world instead every field you are in. One tends to get tempted to do things faster and get more project; in this quest sometimes compromise on quality.
13. If You Don’t Love It, Leave It
I believe in doing what I love else I don’t do it. I am sure lot many of you out there follow the same. Obviously, if you don’t love something it won’t work as you will not be putting your heart into it. All I would say is if you don’t love something, then don’t do it.
To sum up, I would say that it might appear to be an intimidating task to start a career in web design but if you do it the right way and keep these key points in mind, you are sure to succeed in taking a fresh start and begin your career in the field of designing. Be confident, and believe in yourself would be my final words to end the article.