Uncover seven things every six-figure web design business needs and the critical steps to set the right foundation for your creative empire. From choosing a name to packaging and pricing – this is your one-stop shop to create your dream brand.
As a budding web designer, every fiber of your soul just wants to create. I *so* get it. Building a business from the ground up? With all the legal stuff? And the onboarding processes? Snooze. It’s enough to suck your creative soul dry, but getting your brand right from the start is an essential move.
While we’re here let me introduce myself. I’m Becca Luna, the founder of Bold x Boho and Becca Luna Education. I’ve taught over 3,000 students how to step up their web design game and create profitable businesses by channeling their creativity.
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Setting your foundation right from the start means you can expand worry-free with the systems, automation, and processes to cover yourself and your growth. Here’s what we’ll cover:
Picking a brand name. Easy, right?
You’ve got tons of ideas, and your circle loves them all. The only problem is, you’ve got to decide on JUST one you’ll be happy to remain committed to for years to come. Do you go for your own name? Or establish a super creative company? The longer, the better? Or short and sweet?
Here’s a quick guide to the right name type for you:
Benefits of Personal Names:
Benefits of Company Names:
Still unsure? I recommend starting with your name. This allows for massive expansion, with the opportunity to launch additional brands and passive offers from there.
Above all? Just be sure to make it:
You’ve finally decided on your dream six-figure web design business name – and it’s every bit as dreamy, bold, and ‘utterly you’ as you’d hoped. But what if someone else has already claimed it? Before you start owning your name, you’ll need to secure the domain and account handles for it first!
Having the exact domain and consistent account names across ALL social media is a crucial step for both you your clients. I mean, imagine someone else going viral under your brand name.
Hot tip: Secure the name on every platform – even the ones you don’t plan on using just yet! You never know what the future holds for your marketing strategy.
Go through these platforms to ensure you don’t miss anything:
Get those names on lock ASAP.
It’s time to have that talk, girl. The admin one. The boring but oh-so-important stuff that financially and legally protects you and your clients. Contracts can make or break for a six-figure web design business, and as the powerful CEO you are, you already know how important it is to cover your butt. Because while you can hope and pray you never encounter a dodgy client or nasty financial dispute, having watertight documents is the only way to protect what you’ve built.
These are the steps to follow:
Contract-wise, you’ll also need:
Hot tip: A Lawyer is $2,500. These plug-and-play, watertight business contract templates from Nicole Cheri Oden are far cheaper.
How niche is too niche? How broad is too broad?
It may offend some marketers when I say this, but there’s no real answer. Because like everything in business? You decide.
We know that when you talk to everyone, you talk to no one. But niched down to the same gender or industry? That’s not always necessary. From the outset, my own six-figure online web design business, Bold x Boho, appears to serve an un-niched community from mindset coaches to dog walkers. But there’s a golden thread connecting them all – their values, struggles, and dreams.
Best tips for finding your niche audience:
When I first started Bold x Boho, I had no idea what to charge! I was making around $12 an hour. Because I was spending so long underpromising, overdelivering, and working myself to the bone, I didn’t profit the way I could have. Don’t let that be you.
Instead, do this to work out your pricing strategy:
Hot tip: Never mention how many hours your work takes to the client – simply tell them the total price.
Next, develop three packages to keep it simple for you and your clients. The ‘center stage effect’ says that when given three options, most leads will go for the middle choice. So ensure this one is your favorite, most profitable offering!
Make your offers and packages unique from everyone else! What’s that extra bit of value you can provide over another web designer? From saving them time (eg. a VIP day) to a bonus strategy call, be flexible, dynamic, and competitive when tending to your clients’ needs.
As a potential client, there’s nothing like seeing a six-figure web design business walk the walk. And as a designer, there’s nothing like proving the importance of quality branding and a show-stopping website.
Your brand strategy encompasses everything from your mission and values to your brand voice. And while it will continue to evolve over time, having these identified from the beginning ensures every marketing and business move you make from here on out is aligned with your bigger picture.
A rock-solid brand strategy for a six-figure web design business includes:
Let this brand strategy grow with you, but above all, keep it clear, consistent, and always recognizable.
You can’t be a great web designer if you don’t have one yourself! Treat yourself as your first dream client and nail your design so it speaks to you and your future clients. Use this as your opportunity to showcase your skills and leave leads saying, “I want a website like yours.”
Read more about How To Become a Showit Web Designer – I’ve included a few hot tips of my own!
At a minimum, a six-figure website includes the following elements:
In addition to these most-haves, you could add extra value (and boost SEO) via a template shop, affiliate or resource directory, Podcast page, or blog. You can structure your site any way you like, but above all? Make it easy to navigate, transparent, and so jaw-dropping you leave your dream clients screaming, “I HAVE to work with you.”
Here are three more things EVERY web design business should include!
Once you’ve got this list on lock I promise you can achieve anything:
From the name that’ll be plastered on everything you do to the snore-worthy legal stuff, this has been your go-to guide to creating a brand you love, babe. And when I tell you this is so integral for you and your clients, I mean it. So don’t just devour, but do. Take action, and start implementing.
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Becca Luna is a free-spirited, anti-gatekeeping queen who teaches passionate people to turn their creative drive into a profitable online web design business. She’s helped thousands of entrepreneurs build the life of their dreams. Want to be next?