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    Hey! I am currently a high school senior possibly interested in becoming a website designer. I am wanting to pursue a career that would allow me to work completely from home (web designer/computer programming/web developer) - I am most interested in web design. I've read online that taking college courses for anything computer related would be a waste of time and money because of the rate at which the computer evolves ... so if I do decide to go into web design I would teach myself.

    How feasible do you think it would be that I could do web design and make a decent amount of money (enough to live on)? The average salary of a designer is around $40-50,000 annually.

    I'm new to the world of designing/this site, are there any members here that could help me find a place to begin? Any books/websites/videos you would recommend? I'd love to see some of your work with website designing and am interested in how long it took you to learn how to design!

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    Quote Originally Posted by whittwhitt, post: 244271
    Hey! I am currently a high school senior possibly interested in becoming a website designer. I am wanting to pursue a career that would allow me to work completely from home (web designer/computer programming/web developer) - I am most interested in web design. I've read online that taking college courses for anything computer related would be a waste of time and money because of the rate at which the computer evolves ... so if I do decide to go into web design I would teach myself.

    How feasible do you think it would be that I could do web design and make a decent amount of money (enough to live on)? The average salary of a designer is around $40-50,000 annually.

    I'm new to the world of designing/this site, are there any members here that could help me find a place to begin? Any books/websites/videos you would recommend? I'd love to see some of your work with website designing and am interested in how long it took you to learn how to design!
    I'm wondering where you get you 40,00 to 50,00 figure...

    There are many good sites with tutorials on web design - but you should be clear - design and development have been two separate fields - recently the lines are blurring more and more.
    There are a bazillion "designers" out there, but good developers are not as thick on the ground, and that's where the possibility of making a living at this lies.
    Read this thread for some very good advice. http://www.webdesignforums.net/threa...5/#post-243263
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    It should say "Look at this." ~ David Craib


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    Learn everything you need to know about freelancing here:
    http://freelanceswitch.com/category/freelance-freedom/

    Especially the cartoons by N.C. Winters

    Also mention where you live. That actually makes a difference even if it's working at home.

    I agree with AlphaMare, where did you get the $40K figure?
    I don't see that at all unless you're a really expert programmer specializing in a one niche area.


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    whittwhitt,

    The best thing you can do is learn to write HTML first if you don't already know how. Most of us have been doing it for quite awhile. I even started when I was 11. (Remember to learn to code with div's) After you've got HTML down pretty well move on to something like PHP, and Javascript.

    My favorite websites for these:
    1. tizag.com
    2. w3schools.com


    As for being a web designer as AlphaMare was saying, there are millions out there. If you're any sort of graphic designer, you can easily do web design, but not development.


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