If you are working as a freelance web designer, then you ought to know that aside from web design being your profession, it is also your business. As a businessman (or woman, whichever works for you), you need to invest your money properly so you can make the most of your available resource. Also, whatever you earn in web design is not totally yours except for that 10% of your earnings which you can use for your living expenses. The rest should be reinvested in your business and of course, you’ll also need to pay your tax. But the question is, where should you invest your money?
1. Stock photos. Whether we’re talking about printed media or the internet, it is always true that a picture paints a thousand words. Sometimes, you don’t need a thousand words to describe the message you want to convey, all you need is a great picture chosen to fit the topic. Professional web designers collect premium and high quality photos and they are not afraid to purchase photos which are really good.
2. Tools and other programs. If you’re using Photoshop for your web design then you should know by now that there are a lot of plug ins you can install and purchase to make your design standout. By purchasing effects and plug ins, you can save time since you won’t have to do it over and over again.
3. Invest in icons. These take a long time to create and can be a waste of time if you do them on your own.
4. Enhance your skills. They say life is about continuously learning of new things. As a web designer, it is important that you learn the latest trend in your craft. Enhance your skills by purchasing videos, trainings and seminars.