There is a big market for competent persons in the area of web design. The market place is waiting for you to enter and make your mark. A large number of individuals and companies want to set up their own web sites but are not able to do so since they lack the confidence or don't have the ability to design a web site.
Therefore, they are eagerly waiting to outsource their work and as a professional you stand to gain. However, at the outset you need to keep some points in mind if you want to make your business successful. First and foremost, make use of any feedback you might have received from your earlier work.
For example, if you have had specific web design training in a college or university program, you must high light this along with your grades. The fact that you got high grades means that you are better than most of the people out in the market. Be confident about that fact and keep this in mind while deciding your pricing. What is your target market? A natural choice is the internet. You can check many exclusive sites that cater to the professionals who bid on projects posted by many individuals and companies.
It is normal for such sites to charge a monthly fee and you have to take a call whether the fee is worth the while. Some sites also offer one month's trial. You can decide on professional paid mem-bership once you earn atleast double the monthly fee in the first month itself. How much to charge? is the next question that comes to mind. When you are competing, whether on the internet or physical world, this question will always arise. You must be clear as to what your own worth is, in terms of dollars / hour.
This is a guesstimate that you can work out depending on what your immediate needs are, how much of a wait can you afford before you need that $1000 payment. You must keep your future also in mind. Usually it is better to start with low, reasonable value for money pricing. This may mean taking a cut on your earning during the period when you are making the efforts to establish yourself.
However, do not take up too many short term jobs at the same time. This is a sure fire recipe to disaster. You must plan for some long term projects also along with the short term ones. This will ensure that you will get some on going income. Don't sacrifice your value by pricing yourself aggressively low. You must keep in mind that quality always gets paid more.
Don't waste your precious time on projects that take too much of your time but do not pay commensurately. There are innumberable opportunities in the area of web design for those who are willing to work. Bidding on projects that are outsourced by others leads to work and such work with positive feedback from the customers leads to more projects. However, do not "bite more than you can chew". Don't bid on too many projects at the same time because you will not be able to do justice to any job and you will spoil your own name in the market by giving out substandard work.
MJ Batta writes job outsourcing related topics and hosts a job outsourcing research site at Job Outsourcing and a special outsourcing report at Why Companies Outsource