Want To Work From Home? : Top Freelancing Jobs in Web Design


The last decade’s internet boom has brought many advantages. Almost everything you can think of can now be done online: shopping, networking, communicating and work. Through the internet, many people now have the option to work at home. In fact, many work-at-home guys I know earn more than those who have a regular 9 to 5 job!

Web Design is a lucrative part of  the creative industry. It’s possible to earn thousands of dollars from the comfort of your own home. I will guide you through the most popular options for you in web design.

First things first.
You cannot have a successful web design business if you don’t know how to find clients and work. There are many job boards out there and if you have used one probably you have had a bad experience. This article will help you make a right pick. We did a massive research to find top 8 job search websites and review their pros, cons, hidden fees and how to actually succeed out there. It is targeted to coders and creatives, if you are one already, you should read it.

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Freelancing Jobs in Web Design

1. Web Designer

A web designer is the architect of the web site, he builds and lays out the foundation of the web site. The web designer is also an artist, providing design and creative direction for the web pages whilst working to meet the needs, functions and brand image of the client. A web designer requires both programming and creative skills. They need to be well-versed in programming and coding, including the basic HTML, XHTML, PHP and CSS.

Beautiful web design making use of XHTML and CSS.

Because web layout is important for every site, web designing requires creative skill. The web designer must be skilled with graphics editing software like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. Being well-versed with JavaScript, which adds functionality to products, is helpful as well.

A web designer should create a beautiful, eye catching web page design and graphics that are able to meet the needs of the client. He may or may not write SEO content for his client. If not, the web designer may outsource the SEO writing to someone else.

Online Portfolios of Web Designers

Dean Oakley

Federica Cau

Serj Kozlov

2. Interactive Web Designer

An interactive web designer creates an interactive user experience and interface for a website. He specializes in creating interactivity, usability and experience between the web user and the company. This makes the website more delightful, memorable and powerful.

Interactive web designers try to make web sites as unique, fun and user-friendly as possible. They typically make use of various tools in programming; creating scripts and adding features to maximize the web user experience. These sites keep the user’s attention longer, and create a more meaningful engagement. Interactive web sites make the web users feel more involved. The web designer must be familiar with the common tools used for interactivity: Flash, Java, CSS Animation, Java Script and jQuery.

Designing the graphical user interface, or GUI, is one of the most important tasks of an interactive graphic designer. This is the home page of the web site where users navigate the site. The GUI includes buttons, options, menus and directories so that web users can use and obtain information from the site.

Square Circle’s website is interactive and clean. From the site’s GUI you can click the button to go to other pages: Portfolio, Case Studies, Contact Information, News, etc. It even has a busy working sound background to simulate the busy working office of a creative agency.

Creating an interactive web site takes more time and training. But this is a lucrative freelancing job, since most web sites are now aiming towards interactivity. In the near future, all web designers may already be required to learn interaction design.

Online Portfolios of Interactive Web Designers

Samia Saleem


Rob Bigwood

4. WordPress Theme Designer

WordPress used to be a simple blogging platform, but is now has being used for all kinds of web sites. Many clients are now using WordPress for their sites; because of its useful features and ease of navigation. WordPress theme designing is a growing and lucrative field in web design.

A WordPress theme designer is responsible for creating a WordPress site and layout, making sure it looks clean, attractive and eye-catching. WordPress is great for clients aiming for a higher SEO ranking. Websites using Flash or Dreamweaver may look good, but they may have slow loading time. Search engines cannot read flash sites, thus they perform poorly in search engine rankings compared to WordPress.

Online Portfolios of WordPress Theme Designers

Luna Media

Matthew Heyes

Soul Deep Designs

How to Get Started in Freelance Web Design

Freelancing is not for everyone. In freelancing, it’s important to have a certain skill set. Having a background in the arts, graphic design and layout is necessary. Knowing the basics of programming is important, as well. Although some freelance web designers are self-taught, it’s important to get proper training if you can.

The basic tools to get you started? A laptop or PC and a reliable internet connection. Freelancing gives you flexibility in regards to place and time, but it’s important to set your own place for work, whether it’s a separate office, at home or at a cafe. You will need software like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver and Corel Draw–not all, just some that is relevant to your freelance web design field. Other design tools you may need are a camera and a stylus tablet.

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A freelance web designer also needs an online portfolio to serve as a vehicle for self-promotion and marketing. This is the first thing your client sees, and you must make a good impression.  The online portfolio will showcase the designer’s works over the course of his career. Be sure your website is clean, professional and design-wise–more importantly it should be a representation of you as a web designer.

Of course, you will need a preferred method of payment for your services. For freelancers working through the internet, it’s now a necessity to have a PayPal account, the fastest way to transfer payment. Other methods of payment include check or through bank transfer.

How to Charge for your Freelancing Work

The best thing about freelancing is that you are your own boss. This means you are solely responsible for charging for your services. Freelancers must take into consideration the following factors when deciding on how to charge your clients.

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Type of Client

Not too many freelancers admit this, but the services is heavily dependent on the type of client. Designers generally charge major corporations more than smaller companies. It also depends on the value of the design, and how important it will be for the client. For example, you can charge high for branding services–branding for a company will serve to be very valuable to them for many years to come.

Type of Work

Freelancers charge different rates depending on the type of work required of them, even if they are hired by the same client. For example, designing a corporate identity may be higher than designing the company website, or vice versa. Or, creating a web site with multimedia and flash will pay more than a simple, static HTML web design.

Years of Experience

How many years have you been practicing? Obviously, a practicing web designer with 10 years of experience will charge higher than a newbie in the field. A well-known design agency, with a creative team, account handlers and offices, will cost a lot more than a self-employed freelancer working at home.


Freelancer’s fees vary drastically from state to state. Freelance designers in bigger cities tend to earn more than those in remote locations, although this is slowly changing since most of the transactions and services are now done online.

Extra Services

Some clients may ask you to be in charge of other services like printing costs and others. Since that is already outside of web designing services, you can ask 10% to 20% additional costs for other services outside of your job description. Other additional costs your client may look for, but may not be part of your web designing job are: photography, corporate image branding, etc. Give your client estimates on miscellaneous expenses such as research, travel expenses, etc. Be up front with your client about this, have a mutual agreement and put it on paper before starting on any project.



  1. F.Bernard

    Another usefull tip – active “connection” between your portfolio and your Facebook profile. To inform your “strategic” fb friends about your work, and to have your portfolio still up to date. Without need to do everything 2times.

  2. mahendra

    freelancing is better but problem is that some fake companies are there they are not paying money for the work .but can anybody guide me how can i get a good web design freelancing company .

  3. Sandip Nirmal

    Great article,i have just started building websites. I want to learn more for making money from website.

  4. I started making websites as a hobby back in 1995 or 1996 on Geocities. Unlike my friends who stayed in AOL chatrooms and others who built homepages but used the site builder tools, I delved into the coding and used text editors.

    Been self-teaching and constantly learning. I should have taken a couple computer courses in college because it would definitely help. However, there are lots of great books and you just need time dedicated to learn. Great thing about with web design is that the field and industry is so large, your able to find a niche.

    Figure out your strong suits and your able to hone it towards one of the hottest internet trends, technologies, etc.

  5. elavarasu

    Nice work.This article provides best idea for designers.After that this will be used to achieve a goal for designing.

  6. Salam

    If you are just starting off. Logo designing can be a great way to start as it can give you quick money.

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  7. Freelancing is great, you chose to pick your projects and customers, the only problem is that you need to be 50% artist and 50% businessman, there is a lot of competition out there, especially when it come to price, if you live in NYC your price for website will be totally different as if you live in Thailand. Since your customers don’t care where you live you will have to hustle to get good projects to pay your rent. Freelancing is not easy and its not for everybody, you need a lot of focus and multitasking. But if you up to the challenge then you will love it.

  8. wendelle

    Thanks for the wonderful definition of web designer “A web designer is the architect of the web site… ” I feel more inspired and motivated. Great Article!

  9. Hey don’t forget Freelance 3D Artist. We are in charge of the next dimension of user experience on the web. So it is a big job opportunity in the years to come.

    • Hello I am a freelance web and graphic designer in France.
      Very good article.

      To bounce on the response of David, the 3d is a booming sector, is the integration of 3D in the web site and therefore I think the internet is also very suitable for the job of the 3d artist in the years to come . That’s why I attended a training at a school in 3d to have good basis and be prepared to rapidly evolving sector. This allows me to manage or participate in projects 3d web and television today.


  10. Josephine

    What an inspiring article! Freelance designers have different ways to make money. I enjoyed the part about setting rates. Setting freelance rates can be challenging. One should also consider the expenses incurred, what they intend to make out of the project and the proportion of the pay that is going to pay taxes. Great post!