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One successful work-at-home mom is the owner of Suga Pink Designs, a thriving web design business. Jenni is based in Minneapolis but can serve clients from any location. She began doing web design about three years ago, and opened Suga Pink Designs nearly two years ago. Her work-at-home job as a web designer allows her to spend more time with her 2 1/2 year old son.
What Inspired to become a WAHM?
Well my son, of course! There is nothing more important to me in this world than being able to be here for him day in and day out, while still proving for him and having my own idnetity at the same time. It is a very accomplished feeling knowing that no matter what, we will be ok financially.
What is some of your previous employment experience?
In another lifetime (the pre-mommy one, of course!) I was a legal professional. I decided to stay home with my son after he was born, and started out sewing baby slings and clothes. Web/Graphic Design found me!
What Kind of training/education do you have, if any for Web Design?
I am a self taught web designer. I owned several websites, but couldn’t afford to pay someone to design them all for me. I started messing around with codes, and eventually it all started to make sense!
Describe Your Work as a Web Designerl
I am a freelance web and graphic designer. I mainly work with other WAHM’s, and small businesses, but I also work with recording artists to put together cd covers and flyers. I am a “one stop shop” for a lot of my clients, because not only can I do their website, but I take it a step further and provide small business advice, SEO and consultation services, print designs for their business, and I also get a lot of repeat customers when one of my past clients needs party invites, or holiday cards! We really do it all!
What is your schedule like?
It depends on the week, and how many projects I have lined up. I consider myself a full-time SAHM during the day, and a full-time WAHM in the evenings and well into the night. If I had to put a number on it, I would say I work at least 12 hours a day. (oh man, that sounds like a lot! …and it is! lol)
How Much Do You Charge?
My rates are a lot less than most web designers out there. That isn’t a negative on them, many of them are very talented, and deserve every penny. For me, it was always about where I started out financially, and how I felt as a beginner WAHM knowing that I had an awesome product, but not having the money to get the design services I needed to project the image I knew would bring in the business. I think all web designers, myself included, can hear what a client wants to accomplish and know right off the bat how much work it would take to make it happen. Sometimes, we end up working for very littler per hour because the project is so involved. Explaining the fee schedule is more difficult than I thought it would be!
After a few years of networking and building client lists, it’s reasonable to expect to make a comfortable full-time salary working as a web designer. Starting out though, it can be tough if you don’t have a large portfolio or much experience. I would say my first year, I covered hosting fees and maybe a little over! It really depends on too many factors to be specific, though.
Why did you choose Web Design?
Web design chose me! I started out with a small website where I sold handmade baby slings, and clothes. After getting frustrated at how much it would have cost me to get the design I wanted, I started playing around with codes, and figured it out myself!
What advice do you have for other moms who might want to work from home as a web designer?
Well, good luck! It’s very fun and rewarding work, to know that you are directly helping make other WAHM’s dreams come true! Practice your craft, take your time, and don’t get frustrated in the beginning. Familarize yourself with your chosen photo editing software, and play around with it, a lot! Find some tutorials online, and build mock websites. But the most important piece of advice, never get discouraged! Network, network, network, and always be friendly- even when you don’t want to be!
What skills do you think it takes to become a web designer?
First and foremost, you have to have some artistic ability. Some things just can’t be taught. You should be skilled in both photo editing software, and know html, css, and php. It also helps to have some experience, so like I said above- practice!
What tips/advice do you have for other work-at-home moms?
Balance your day, and never forget why you are working so hard! If you need some time, take it! Enjoy your moments and always be proud of yourself- this is a difficult job!
What are some of the challenges that you’ve faced trying to juggle family life and working from home? It’s hard to find time to do everything. I haven’t actually sat down to watch t.v in a month, and my fiance has been trying to schedule a movie night with me for weeks now. It’s hard not to work all the time, because you are always aware of the millions of things that need to be done, and your office is open 24/7!
How do you find your clients?
I find a lot of my clients through networking, and a lot of them find me through search engines.
What websites do you recommend for web designers, or those aspiring to be one?
Oh wow, there are so many wonderful resources out there, I’d hate to miss one. Some of my favorite sites are dynamic drive (wonderful selection of codes!), colourlovers.com (thousands of gorgeous color palletts just waiting to be turned into a design!) and any site where other designers showcase their work. It’s so inspiring to see what others are creating!
What are some of pros of the job?
It’s fun and creative, and a wonderful way to express yourself. The gratitude from clients is the best, and I love helping other WAHM’s!
What are some of the cons of being a WAHM web designer?
It can be frustrating when you’re exhausted, kids are hanging all over you, dinner is burning, and you’ve just mistyped a small section of code that takes the whole website offline. That, my friends, is a bad day!
What mistakes, if any, have you learned from as a WAHM web designer?
Read the code! Don’t just think you know what it says, or skim over and assume. Read it! Oh, and backup, backup, BACKUP!
Is there anything else you’d like to mention?
Web design is fun, and very rewarding work. Personally, I’d prefer no more competition but… I’m only kidding! If you decide to become a web designer, I’m confident that you’ll love it as much as I do! It’s a great feeling to watch something you’ve created bring others so much joy and success!
For more details of Jenni’s company please be sure to visit the Suga Pink Website at http://sugapink.com. You can view her online portfolio and have more of a feel of the kind of work involved in web design.
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