“You know as a passion job, it was something I felt called to, and I loved it and I had no intention of quitting. But with passion work, sometimes comes passion pay, and you don’t get a salary that is over the top. It was livable, but it wasn’t necessarily comfortable, especially as a single dad, and I didn’t want to have to pull on the Church to up my rate. And so that’s where the desire to go outside and find another way to make money became the best option for me. I learned to code and then I just started building websites.”
Today’s guest is Chris Misterek, the founder of Self-Made Web Designer and he’s here to chat with us about just that, getting started as a website designer. We chat about what’s appealing about a career in website design and how to take the first few steps in teaching yourself website design from scratch. Chris also shares with us how he was able to build a client roster and provide some advice for others who are looking for more work.
I have a feeling that Chris is a guest that we will have to have back on the podcast to continue exploring the how-to’s around website design. But if you are looking to connect with Chris before that, he is launching his own podcast. The tentative launch date is March 3rd, 2020 and I will be sure to link it in the show notes as soon as it is available.
Find it Quickly
- 3:00 – Chris’ story
- 5:35 – What Chris did prior to web design
- 7:28 – Finding clients
- 8:25 – What Chris found appealing about website design
- 9:25 – When he created Self-Made Web Designer
- 12:48 – The fears about becoming a website designer
- 16:55 – Recommendations for learning HTML, Adobe Suite, and Sketch
- 18:10 – Learning the design side
- 23:24 – Recommendations for learning the basics
- 26:26 – Web design vs. web development
- 29:10 – Getting started and finding work
More about Chris:
Chris is a self-taught web designer. After a string of tough circumstances he found himself needing to make more money as a single dad. So, without any background he started learning web design. In 18 months he had doubled the income of his full-time job. 4 years later he went on to change careers and become a UX/web designer. Now, he’s mentoring others who want to find the same success and life change he’s found through web design at Self-Made Web Designer.
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