Lessons I’ve learned after being a full time Squarespace Web Designer for 6 months
It’s been a heck of a ride these past 6 months. Where do I even begin?! From being scared out my mind not knowing where this journey would take me, to now where I can confidently say that I’m proud of how far I’ve gotten and happy to be where I am now. Becoming a full-time Squarespace Web Designer has brought me so much happiness, I feel so much more fulfilled knowing that I can work with amazing clients and bring their vision to life. With that said, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies (unfortunately) because as a service-based business you deal with people all the time so with that can come a lot of unfortunate situations. It doesn’t matter though, because everything becomes a lesson to be learned.
Being a full-time Squarespace Web Designer has taught me a few things and I want to share it with you all who are considering opening your own online business sometime in the future or for those of you that are on the same boat, I just want to say #yourenotalone.
1. PEOPLE WILL TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU
Unfortunately, this happens a lot. It’s happened to me, it’s happened to a couple of my Web Designer friends it’s bound to happen to you (sorry that sounds harsh, but nonetheless true). What I can tell you though, is that there is light at the end of the tunnel, because as you start working with many different types of clients you get better at fishing those people out that are simply trying take advantage of you.
Does this sound familiar to any of you?
“I was hoping that you could give me a discount since you’re “new”, it could help you build your portfolio!” Oh, those words make me cringe just thinking about them. Yes, that’s what someone told me and after they had inquired about my services. Yes, I’m interested in building my portfolio, but the difference here is I get to choose who I want to work with in order to build my portfolio. So, thanks for your “kind” gesture but no thanks.
After being in business for 6 months, and dipping your toes in the water, you can clearly see when someone is trying to take advantage of you. Let’s go over some of those warning signs.
Warning signs of someone trying to take advantage of you:
1. They ask for a discount
2. They want to do an exchange of services
3. They mention that it could help build your portfolio
4. They promise they will pay when funds are available but insist on getting started
If someone is trying to take advantage of you, you can tell right off the bat they aren’t your ideal client. You know your value, you know the type of work that you can produce so don’t cave in, even if you feel like you absolutely need it. I can’t emphasize enough how careful you need to be with these kinds of people sometimes it sounds like a nice gesture when you hear what they are offering but, in the end, it doesn’t turn out well at all. Trust me it won’t be worth it! So, if you’re ever in one of these situations I would suggest you politely decline working with them.
2. YOU GET A LOT MORE INQUIRIES THAN YOU GET CLIENTS
I can’t emphasize enough how much this is going to happen, and it’s completely normal. I have gotten a ton of inquiries that don’t go beyond just that, it can be very discouraging when you feel like you’re doing everything, and nothing is happening. In hindsight though, hasn’t a lot happened? It may seem like no one is booking your services but if you have gotten clients, celebrate those victories because the clients will eventually come. Just keep doing what you’re doing.
Think of it this way, those inquiries that didn’t turn into clients were most likely not your ideal clients for a reason. Most of the time those people that sent you inquiries might have not had the money to afford your services which quickly weeds out those clients that aren’t a good fit for you.
3. YOU SPEND MORE TIME TEACHING THAN DESIGNING
Any web designers reading this and nodding your head?! 😂 This has to be the biggest lesson I’ve learned after being a Squarespace Web Designer after 6 months. Let me explain what I mean by this. Yeah, I design Squarespace Websites but over half of my time spent with clients is teaching them the web design process and everything it takes (from both of us) in order for me to design a beautiful and intentional website. There’s a lot of teaching to be taught, many clients don’t have a clue what it takes to design a website. They think they can just inquire about your services and boom a gorgeous website is formed. Unfortunately, that’s not how it goes. The client needs to have a clear picture of the purpose for their website and all the website copy, photos and a lot more that make up the website. This helps both of us be on the same page and avoid miscommunications in the process.
It can be hard sometimes when a client doesn’t know anything about websites and the process can take longer than usual. I had a client whose website took over 3 months because they didn’t have their website copy together or any photos. That’s something that needs to be addressed at the beginning of the call to help the client understand the process.
There you have it! The top three lessons I’ve learned after being a Squarespace Web Designer for 6 months. It’s not easy but I can tell you it’s 100% worth it. I truly love what I do, and I love building gorgeous and intentional website for creative entrepreneurs. If you happen to be reading this and you’re in need of a website don’t hesitate to send me an inquiry.
I hope some of you were able to relate to my situations if you have any questions or comments leave one below!