So, You Want to Start a Design Business?

  1. Carolyn says:

    Fabulous post and like the others said, thanks for sharing your information.
    Just curious, if a site is live – how do you design and test it? Dummy install? How do you do that?

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  3. Meagan says:

    Love this post! So informative! I love to design print products, but I don’t think I have the patience or the wherewithal to do it professionally. I really admire you and your business! I’m always so excited when I see a designed by Courtney Kirkland at the bottom of a cute page. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I think another important aspect to building a business is to be legit. Get a business license with the state and file your taxes!! That side of running a business is rarely talked about and people are afraid of it! Maybe I should write a blog post with all the logistics of running a business. I dunno, I’m bad at explaining things, though. lol

    • Courtney says:

      I’m actually going to be addressing that very thing in my next post! The next post is all about getting going and “officially” launching. (Business License, Accepting Payment, etc.) But I agree. There is DEFINITELY a bigger need in posts like that. It was really hard for me to find information on that aspect of things when I started.

  5. Mrs. Jen B says:

    I’m with Alison – you’re so generous to share all of this knowledge here!

  6. Amy Willa says:

    I think it’s wonderful that you are offering up this support to others wanting to begin designing! Your designs have always struck me as the perfect balance of creative and professional, and I am so happy that I chose to have you redesign my site!

    I think I’ll leave the business side of designing up to you ๐Ÿ™‚ But I’m definitely going to take some of your pointers into account for designing logos/online spaces for my Silly Bear Handmade shop, and manipulating the widgets on my awesome new Courtney-designed webpage! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Courtney says:

      Thank you so much, Amy! I remember how intimidated I was by branching out and going out on a limb to opening up my own business. If I can encourage even just ONE person to go for it, then I think I’ll have done my job.

  7. Alison says:

    I love how your blog looks. Yes, the new one, and the one before that. And I especially love that you did this all on your own! I did consider briefly dabbling in design, but realized quickly that social media was more up my alley ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great tips, and you’re very generous for sharing.

    • Courtney says:

      Thank you, Allison! ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel extremely blessed to have had the good fortune that I’ve had with my business, so I feel like I NEED to pass along the good karma and share what I’ve learned. What’s the point in hoarding information, anyway? ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. love this ๐Ÿ™‚ can’t wait to see what else you talk about. i know you were such a HUGE help with me when I first started!!! THANK YOU!!!! xoxo

  9. Mignon says:

    Hi! This post was so helpful. I just started a blog/website design business and these tips were even helpful to me. My main downfall right now is finding a mentor (i guess I’m just too nervous to ask anyone) getting new clients and making a “name” for myself that’s synonymous with awesome pretty much! Lol. You said you’d get to that in the next post and I’m eager to read that one. Would you talk about managing workload and building a design queue? Thanks again for this! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Courtney says:

      I’m so happy that this post was helpful! I’m going to be covering everything you listed above including workflow management and how to attract and find clients. ๐Ÿ™‚ Make sure that you subscribe to the site so you’ll get the notification when the next post in the series goes live! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Dee says:

    Great read Courtney! I have been designing for myself and as a hobby for years and just recently have decided to try and pursue it as a business. I look forward to reading more!

    • Courtney says:

      Thank you, Dee! And congrats on making the decision to “go pro.” It’s a big step, so hopefully these posts I’m putting together will be helpful! I’m planning to post the next in the series tomorrow or Friday, so be sure to subscribe so you’re notified when it goes live! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Courtney Kirkland is a Southeast Alabama Writer & Designer. Since 2008, Courtney has passionately provided beautiful, intentional design to small businesses & bloggers and encouraged thousands to walk in a rich faith in any situation.