Freelancers are smart, creative and busy people. Our days are spent working on projects, looking for new clients, invoicing current clients and marketing our business. Is it any wonder that many freelancers don’t have their own website. You might have a Facebook page or a LinkedIn profile, but you do not have a website that you own and have complete control over.
It’s called ‘Digital Sharecropping‘.
Hiring a good website designer can cost from $1500 for a basic design with a blog. If you want something more elaborate, the costs can skyrocket upwards of $20,00. While a professional website designer can do a fantastic job and save you some time, if you are a new freelancer and bootstrapping your business the cost of website design may not be in your budget right now.
I am a Writer, Not a Website Designer!
What’s a freelancer or entrepreneur to do? You may think that website design is a complicated and mysterious process that involves secret codes called HTML or CSS and that you could never create a professional looking website. But with an investment of less than $500 you can build your own website.
How is that possible? WordPress. With the free CMS (Content Management System), WordPress you can build not only a blog but a fully functional website, In fact, popular sites like People Magazine, EbayInc, Copyblogger, Problogger and many others are all built with WordPress.
WordPress started as a blogging platform, but with the use of pages and the new menu features, you can easily turn a simple blog into a website. By choosing the right theme (template) you can even create a portfolio for your photography business, showcase your writing samples or build an online store.
WordPress has thousands of pre-set theme templates and you can create a great looking website with little or no knowledge of HTML.
This website is proof of that.
Take This Shortcut to Your Freelancer’s Website
The cool folks at Copyblogger recently introduced StudioPress Sites. This a great way to get your website started quickly. You could even do it in a weekend. The ‘drag & drop’ format is easy to use, even for the most tech-challenged people. StudioPress Sites combines the benefits of a WordPress website with a user-friendly functionality of SquareSpace.
StudioPress Sites Gives You the ease of an all-in-one website builder combined with the flexible power of WordPress.
The Benefits of Using StudioPress Sites
- Industry Standard Design Framework
- 20 Mobile-Optimized Designs
- WordPress-Optimized Performance
- Zero “Hosting” Hassles
- Advanced SEO Functionality
- One-Click Install of Included Plugins
- SSL Certificate through Let’s Encrypt
- Rock-Solid Security
- Plugin and Theme Maintenance
- World-Class Support
You can get all of this for less than $300 per year. That only about $24 per month. And you know you spend more than that on Starbucks or Netflix.
But wait… you need more. Your business needs e-commerce. You have digital downloads, a membership site, and a forum. Well, you can upgrade to StudioPress Sites Commerce for less than $400 annually ($33.00 monthly).
This is Part 1 in a series on How to Create a Website for Your Freelance Business
Next week: Getting Started with Your Freelancer’s Website will go into detail about domain names and hosting.