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- Aug 19, 2015
just watched some of your lessons and find this is a very hands-on and reliable approach.
Just to get it right: this is basically seen as a step towards fastlane? Or can you do this business fastlane at some point in the future as well (as in: not being limited by the amount of time available)?
Looking forward to your feedback.
Hey @PhilKowalski I also answered this in the other thread too, but I will copy it in here:
“Is Web Design Fastlane?”
I am going to kick this off by asking this question, which is one I get quite a bit.
First, I would say to check out this video from @MJ DeMarco himself…
And then I am quoting MJ here from that video...
That time period [freelancing] was about probably about eight months - I did freelancing / developed the websites for various transportation companies. And in that process, it was able to learn more skills and interactive features and functions. And that allowed me to actually programme my own business system.
So I ran for about 10 years, made a tonne of money doing that and sold it a couple times, and then kind of semi-retired as an author started writing books, which I did not want to publish with a publisher. So I started my own publishing company, which has done remarkably well, more so than I had ever expected. Freelancing has been definitely instrumental in getting me started.
And surprisingly, it hasn't changed a lot. I still see that as a great opportunity, a great Launchpad into bigger and better things. I mean, anytime you go on the internet, and you see a website that's poorly designed, especially in local trades, local industries, you know, local dentists, local electricians, and whatnot, you just see some really poorly designed websites.
So if you can bring those companies into the current age, you know, with perhaps reviews and online scheduling, (and a lot of it's just plug and play stuff) then you can really charge your premium to companies that simply are still living in the dark ages and haven't brought their presence up to speed.
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My thoughts would also line up with this approach.
Web design is just a skill, and really what will make it Fastlane for you or not is what you do with it.
If you decide to learn web design and then just do freelancing forever, then, of course, it will not be Fastlane.
But if you are looking for a place to start right now and learn a lot of foundational Fastlane skills, then it can be a great place to start. You will learn to sell, market, business systems, copywriting, email marketing, SEO, ads, code and design, automation, building a team, how to get clients and so on.
A better way to look at it is "can a Fastlane business benefit from good online web design skills?".
And the answer to that is yes.
95%+ of businesses have a large need for effective online sales. marketing, and systems - making web design a good starter service to sell. PLUS it's a very handy skill to have later when building your own bigger businesses.
I would also say that very little is needed to get started. It is basically a laptop and an internet connection.
But... come in with a plan to use this to go bigger as soon as you can. The goal is NOT to be freelancing forever.
So if you are already prepared to build a full-on proper Fastlane business, then it's probably not needed.
But if you are looking for a way right now to boost your skills, cash flow, and momentum - it could be a great choice.
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