Suggestion for you young man. I love helping anyone who wants to run a business or make money via web tech… I run a search engine marketing business. It’s been a decade and still kicking. Take this knowledge and run with it.
As you gain experience and learn your product. I mean really really learn it. Don’t be that business owner who doesn’t understand how it’s built…
I suggest you should eventually Focus on residual revenue , along with the single payment web projects. If you stick to web development here’s what I would do …
I would find a great outsource website designer and developer who is cheap. India Malaysia. There so easy to find. So easy… but it takes time to find one that does the work right… that’s why you need to understand this thoroughly. So that you can audit their work before handing it to a client.
I would send these fuys work and make money off the top. Or work with them and learn from them as you grow.
You will pay 250/500 usd for basic html sites built via a template. Charge 1k a pop. 50% up front . Charge more for websites that will have more than ten pages… I would charge 50-100$ for every extra page.
Make them do all the work and play sales person. Project manager. Be up front and say they are your team. Let me talk to my team abojt your project and get you an estimate.
Setup a hosting account where you host your clients sites. Charge 50$ to host as package a.
Charge a maintenance fee on top of hosting. Figure out what your guys charge for an hour worth of work. If my guy is 10$ I’ll charge 50$ in the states… it’s all economic and based on what the going rate is locally. I would say “this coveres any emergencies, up keep to the site”: call anytime and we will fix. any issues … fine print should include “content changes, modifications or additions to the site are separate and charged hourly.”.
If you develop this foundation, then you can grow on top…
Don’t forget that you need to have an offering besides “you need a website”… don’t be the cheapest either… unless you want cheap clients… maybe you can offer photography or a bit of copy writing to move this along… think about it.
What’s the biggest mistake I find new business owners make? The under value their services and never get ahead. They also try to do everything themselves and get behind on deadlines… ask yourself: What am I worth… if I needed to hire an employee , how much would I pay them? How much do I need to charge hourly to make this work…
For me that was 100$ an hour when I started out. Then 150$, now 200$…
Get that money man.