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Let me know below if you want a 2020 a Web Design Business/Sales thread :cool:

We would LOVE to see it.

Thanks in advance for shortening our learning curve.
 

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Me and a friend will be doing website building together. How can we make the concept that Fox explains, work with 2 people?

We can build sites separately, but maybe there will be some friction because the one makes more money for the company than the other (we already have a venture together).

A possible solution would be that we split every project: one makes the websites himselves and the other does the copywriting. However, I'm doubting about this. Workload is not equal for example and our ideas about the site may be contradictory. Maybe it's better for one to do the whole thing himselve.

Any advice anyone?
You should read "Slicing Pie." It covers fair equity splits in startups.
 
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Hi @Fox, hi everyone

Excuse me for asking something that's probably been asked a zillion times, but with books on coding, and with my lack of knowledge about them, I'm just unsure at this moment whether I'll be reading something new or something slightly dated, so I ask this again, just to be sure - and maybe some other newbe can also benefit from the zillionst aswer here.

What is, right NOW, the best book on HTML? And what is the best one on CSS? I've already switched from codemy to codecademy which is an improvement for me personally (systematicly written explanations and lots of practice, much more digestible than just quick videos), so THANK YOU for that advice, but now, with the full exercises that I'm wanting to make, I feel the need to also have something on paper besides that. As a reference. To quickly look things up that I've forgotten about, for instance. (And to F* read more, Andy from Hard Challenge)

Thanks a lot in advance!
 

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Hi @Fox, hi everyone

Excuse me for asking something that's probably been asked a zillion times, but with books on coding, and with my lack of knowledge about them, I'm just unsure at this moment whether I'll be reading something new or something slightly dated, so I ask this again, just to be sure - and maybe some other newbe can also benefit from the zillionst aswer here.

What is, right NOW, the best book on HTML? And what is the best one on CSS? I've already switched from codemy to codecademy which is an improvement for me personally (systematicly written explanations and lots of practice, much more digestible than just quick videos), so THANK YOU for that advice, but now, with the full exercises that I'm wanting to make, I feel the need to also have something on paper besides that. As a reference. To quickly look things up that I've forgotten about, for instance. (And to F* read more, Andy from Hard Challenge)

Thanks a lot in advance!
I've found this to be the best HTML book: HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites: Jon Duckett: 8601200464207: Amazon.com: Books. Html is rather easy and the skills can be acquired in a day or two, but learning css in conjunction is always a good idea, and this book is absolutely beautiful and easy to follow. You can save a bit of money and buy this combo which includes the book I mentioned as well as an additional book on Javascript, which is, in my opinion, the next logical progression after HTML and CSS in terms of learning web development: Web Design with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery Set: Jon Duckett: 8601419903887: Amazon.com: Books.
 

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I've found this to be the best HTML book: HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites: Jon Duckett: 8601200464207: Amazon.com: Books. Html is rather easy and the skills can be acquired in a day or two, but learning css in conjunction is always a good idea, and this book is absolutely beautiful and easy to follow. You can save a bit of money and buy this combo which includes the book I mentioned as well as an additional book on Javascript, which is, in my opinion, the next logical progression after HTML and CSS in terms of learning web development: Web Design with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery Set: Jon Duckett: 8601419903887: Amazon.com: Books.
Thanks @tigerbalm !! I had in fact doubts about this one, because it's not 100% up to date, but thanks to your reference I looked at it again, and read some more reviews reflecting back what you said: it's really well written and layouted. For me, at this stage, the didactic approach is the most important. I suppose I'll soon be able to distinct the old from the new anyway. And I'll always have an online course to compare with. The combo is indeed a good deal. But darn it, it comes with high costs for shipping to Belgium, so I finally got it from the Dutch bol.com for 50 EUR. Still a good deal. Delivered tomorrow. I'm enjoying a week of leave, I'll know what to do. Thanks again :)

Now I've a good book to start with immediately, leaving me with no more excuses, but other suggestions of good books are of course still very welcome here.
 
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Hi @Fox, hi everyone

Excuse me for asking something that's probably been asked a zillion times, but with books on coding, and with my lack of knowledge about them, I'm just unsure at this moment whether I'll be reading something new or something slightly dated, so I ask this again, just to be sure - and maybe some other newbe can also benefit from the zillionst aswer here.

What is, right NOW, the best book on HTML? And what is the best one on CSS? I've already switched from codemy to codecademy which is an improvement for me personally (systematicly written explanations and lots of practice, much more digestible than just quick videos), so THANK YOU for that advice, but now, with the full exercises that I'm wanting to make, I feel the need to also have something on paper besides that. As a reference. To quickly look things up that I've forgotten about, for instance. (And to F* read more, Andy from Hard Challenge)

Thanks a lot in advance!
The book @tigerbalm linked to is the only book on coding I ever bought. And it spent most of its time under my monitor to boost the height ha (but it is a good book).

I think it is best to use online resources as they should be the most up to date possible. I learned most of what know from Udemy, google, youtube and courses.
 

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The book @tigerbalm linked to is the only book on coding I ever bought. And it spent most of its time under my monitor to boost the height ha (but it is a good book).

I think it is best to use online resources as they should be the most up to date possible. I learned most of what know from Udemy, google, youtube and courses.
If I may ask: what kind of monitor do you use? I only have a macbook pro at this moment; I'm looking for a more practical way to manage different documents & online sources at the same time.

EDIT: especially: would there be certain requirements with webbuilding in mind?
 

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It looks like it's going to be one of my main ways to raise money for the business. I've taken some steps along the learning, edited the code, approached the local businessman and showed them the index.html lol. He was shocked and now wants to buy it from me. This definitely has a need in my place. Going to implement all the golden nuggets from this thread, finish the courses to know my shit and then take bigger steps. Thank you @Fox and all.

It'll be great to hear things from you about how do you upload the web sites on the internet. I found it of course, but just curious to know how do you do this? Are you still setting up godaddy account for the clients?
 
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It'll be great to hear things from you about how do you upload the web sites on the internet. I found it of course, but just curious to know how do you do this? Are you still setting up godaddy account for the clients?
Hey, this video covers it step by step (hosting is towards the end).

 
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If I may ask: what kind of monitor do you use? I only have a macbook pro at this moment; I'm looking for a more practical way to manage different documents & online sources at the same time.

EDIT: especially: would there be certain requirements with webbuilding in mind?
Nah whatever is a decent size.I like the wide screens though - you can get a lot more done in less time. I think it is a Samsung - I am away travelling right now.
 

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I will be following along
 

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Hey Mr992, thanks for the reply.

I know UG is possible, thats what im founding right now. The problem with larger companies (GmbH's) is that usually they will not take UG's very seriously and HERE's WHY:

1. As an UG, by definition, everyone knows that u have less than 25k in your bank account.

2. As an UG, you have limited liability, to the same extent as a llc or GmbH.

My experience with the UG so far, is that people take you even less seriously and make your life more difficult then we you start a sole proprietorship. Why? Because if you are a sole proprietor, then at least if you are not able to pay ur bills, they have the ability to go after your house, car or whatever else (unlimited liability). For a UG, they know you only have 25k (maximum) and incase you are not able to pay, you are protected by limited liability, which makes lots of more established businesses shy away from doing businesses with a UG.

In reality for me so far: only hassle I have had was that the bank I wanted to open an account with did not allow me to do so for the UG (although they did for my sole proprietorship business lol).

Anyways, im opening my bank account with another bank next week Friday and the fee's will be a bit higher, nothing too bad. Atleast I have the privilege of enjoying limited liability, which was very important to me, since my ventures are online business.

Dam... this text got a bit longer than I had hoped for, but incase any german readers take a look at this, it might be useful to them :)

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Sorry to come in late, but this is not correct. For a Gmbh you need capital of 25k...but you don't need to pay it all upfront. yo only need to pay half upfront (12.5k). so one or two good jobs could get you there.

but the key thing is that you need to talk your clients and figures out what wroks for them. maybe younger, more dynamic companies will be the only ones to take a risk on you at first, but that's just sales-- matching your abilities to create solutions with the customers' wants and needs. if a customer really makes a huge deal about needing a GMBh (and they shouldn't if you message it well...), then they were never really your customer.
 

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It has taken me a long time to have time to create this thread and for that I apologize. I have been getting PMs for months and while I helped a lot of you out with detailed responses I wanted to start a thread so everyone would have access to the same information.

*** This isn't exact Fastlane, at least not in the beginning, but its a great way to earn 5 figures a month, learn the skills to create and run your own FL business while building a network of top business people***

Back at the beginning of the year I packed up everything I owned in Canada and moved to South America. I was keen to make enough income to stay down there while also building my own Fastlane business. Problem was I had no online skills, no idea what to do and have never ran a successful business before.

I just launched my business last week and I am still down here living happily so I guess I could say things have gone very well. Hopefully this information helps others achieve similar success and allows them to start pursuing their dreams.


So first things first:

- I started with zero coding knowledge in January of this year. I didn't know how to host a website, I didn't know what HTML or CSS was, I made a tonne of really basic mistakes and figured it all out by myself. I didn't take any expensive courses, had no mentors and probably only spent a few hundred dollars getting set up.

It took me a while to refine my niche but what I now focus on is building simple yet powerful websites that get huge results. No crazy interactive code, no fancy graphics, just simple, clean, professional websites that add huge value to the clients who hire me.

In the last few months I have
- built a website that landed a $1 million pus contract for the guys who hired me (they hadn't worked in over 8 months - oil company)
- built a website that helped get a pro athlete into a world tournament and increased pay from his sponsors (social media profile increase)
- Built a website that has a lawyer making over 1k a week on consultations

While I made good money on these websites its nice to know that the value I added is many times more and all my clients have been very satisfied.

I am still in the early stages of figuring this all out though so as this thread goes along I will still update with what I am learning and what has changed. Right now my problem is scaling, I need more top sales people on the ground selling websites for me. I will come back to this in another post maybe.


So how to begin:

So todays lesson is on how to get started at the very start. You know nothing and you want to get in on this action too. Some quick notes - I build "custom" HTML websites 99% of the time, I don't use wordpress except in some rare cases for add on blog/news sections to my sites. Why? Most of my clients are very busy, non tech people. They don't want or have time to update their websites. They want it built well and they want it to run itself. HTML is a lot better for this and when done right looks way more professional.

How to begin with HTML:

Take the HTML and CSS lessons on Learn to Code - for Free | Codecademy.

You can also do the JS section but I didn't and have been just fine.


Next take the following UDEMY course:

Build Responsive Websites with HTML5 and CSS3


After this you will now know how to edit and work with HTML themes. What does that mean?

Well there is no point creating a website from scratch. That takes years of coding experience and a lot of time for each new clients. Luckily enough people have gone and created HTML themes - its an already coded website where you just rearrange, switch out the pictures and text and add in a few extra bits (I will show how to do all of this at a later stage).

An example of a theme is here...

Foundry Multipurpose HTML + Variant Page Builder

It just a blank slate with a certain style that you work with. While this may seem like strange or cheating (I thought this was how to learn to build websites!??) its not. Anyone with an internet can create a website these days so that is not where we will be adding value. We add value by building a website with a purpose. We want to build websites that get results and make money, or whatever they are trying to achieve, for the owner.

So how do you build a website that gets great results?

Good question.

As @Andy Black would say you want sales not a website. I am going to meet him half way with you want to build a website that gets sales. Not a website that looks amazing, has cool videos and sections, talks about the companies recent gold tournament or how they really wanted to do X since they were 5. Now it might do one or all of these things but only IF it helps gets sales.

Every page, link, click and action on the website is to help facilitate the growth of the company and sales.


Lets take for example an immigration lawyer website...

Is the goal of the site to teach you about immigration law?
Is it to show you stats of work, trade and education within the country?
Is it to teach you about what to do when you first arrive, what to pack, what to expect?

No.

The whole purpose of that website is for the user to either book a consultation or contact them regarding their services. Which both lead to that person hiring them as their immigration lawyer.

Now it might use some of the above to help with that goal but it only has one main purpose. Everything we do for that client must help with that goal or if it doesn't help... be removed.


You are going to learn to take the value of threads of here regarding copywriting, sales and the Fastlane Mindset and apply it other peoples businesses to help them achieve massive results. This just happens to take the form of a website. You are really selling sales and results.

Once you sell results there is no limit to what you can charge and achieve.


If you have read all this and want to start follow the above links, compete them fully and then follow along with the next stages. There will be a lot to cover but I will outline everything you need to know to be making over $10,000 a month with 6 months*.

*Assumes actual work ethic, being able to do some learning by yourself and filling in the gaps. I will give advice but I won't be holding anyones hand step-by-step.

Next lesson... Client selection.
I really liked your post. It will help all the people who want to create a blog for them. I also suggest people to make a blog where they can write to earn.
 

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