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Progressing from nothing to a Web Design Business

A detailed account of a Fastlane process...

FastlanerDoer

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Nov 19, 2022
16
19
Indonesia
This is going to be a progress thread/blog where I start from essentially nothing to building my very first business. I'll share my journey, process and lessons learned here, and it's going to be a kind of way for me to reflect on myself and to also keep accountability. I'm going to try to post here several times a month but if I can't then it should be at least once a month.

Right now my plan is to become a web design freelancer and start providing some B2B services and I got to thank @Fox's book and his thread here for inspiring me and giving me like a roadmap on what to do for web design. I do want to join Fox Web School and I see it as a great place for me to grow but I currently can't since my dad wouldn't allow me to join since it's still too expensive. (I'm still a 15 year old so I don't have any financial freedom to spend stuff without my parent's permission so while doing this Web Design business I got to spend as little money as possible and also learn for free) So far since the last week when I made the decision to fully commit on this journey I have learned HTML and CSS through some Codecademy courses. Right now I still feel kind of confused and unsure on what to do next but I'll probably try learning JavaScript OR try building some basic websites just to get used with web design. Maybe I could try learning how to build with HTML themes or maybe WordPress? I still am quite unsure on what to do next so if you have any suggestions please do tell me. The dominant thing in mind on what to do now is to probably wait until this Udemy course goes for a discount in a Christmas sale so I could purchase it but that probably won't happen and this is basically entirely based on hope since I am only hoping to get a discount on it. But I think I'll go along with the plan on waiting for the Udemy course to go discount because tomorrow I'm going on a road trip to Bali and I wouldn't be able to bring my laptop and do any of this Fastlane business stuff there for like 2 weeks, so basically for the next 2 weeks I'll be off from doing any productive work or any of that stuff :(. That's basically the only limit of going on for vacations.

My goals for the end of 2023:
- Serve at least 15 clients
- Already be making some good money through web design freelancing
- Have good enough skills on communicating, marketing, and other business skills
- Already be working on a grand business idea that I have right now with some other people.

Monthly Goals:
-Get all the knowledge I can on web design. Everything on HTML themes, WordPress, domains, and any education and knowledge that can help me in web design.
-Read a couple of books on marketing.

I'll try updating this blog as frequent as possible whenever I make progress, mistakes or got a mindset shift and I'll try making it as detailed as possible since it may help some people too. Hope this blog can help other people not do the same mistakes as I will do in the future.
 
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Alvaro02

New Contributor
Jul 4, 2022
15
10
Spain
This is going to be a progress thread/blog where I start from essentially nothing to building my very first business. I'll share my journey, process and lessons learned here, and it's going to be a kind of way for me to reflect on myself and to also keep accountability. I'm going to try to post here several times a month but if I can't then it should be at least once a month.

Right now my plan is to become a web design freelancer and start providing some B2B services and I got to thank @Fox's book and his thread here for inspiring me and giving me like a roadmap on what to do for web design. I do want to join Fox Web School and I see it as a great place for me to grow but I currently can't since my dad wouldn't allow me to join since it's still too expensive. (I'm still a 15 year old so I don't have any financial freedom to spend stuff without my parent's permission so while doing this Web Design business I got to spend as little money as possible and also learn for free) So far since the last week when I made the decision to fully commit on this journey I have learned HTML and CSS through some Codecademy courses. Right now I still feel kind of confused and unsure on what to do next but I'll probably try learning JavaScript OR try building some basic websites just to get used with web design. Maybe I could try learning how to build with HTML themes or maybe WordPress? I still am quite unsure on what to do next so if you have any suggestions please do tell me. The dominant thing in mind on what to do now is to probably wait until this Udemy course goes for a discount in a Christmas sale so I could purchase it but that probably won't happen and this is basically entirely based on hope since I am only hoping to get a discount on it. But I think I'll go along with the plan on waiting for the Udemy course to go discount because tomorrow I'm going on a road trip to Bali and I wouldn't be able to bring my laptop and do any of this Fastlane business stuff there for like 2 weeks, so basically for the next 2 weeks I'll be off from doing any productive work or any of that stuff :(. That's basically the only limit of going on for vacations.

My goals for the end of 2023:
- Serve at least 15 clients
- Already be making some good money through web design freelancing
- Have good enough skills on communicating, marketing, and other business skills
- Already be working on a grand business idea that I have right now with some other people.

Monthly Goals:
-Get all the knowledge I can on web design. Everything on HTML themes, WordPress, domains, and any education and knowledge that can help me in web design.
-Read a couple of books on marketing.

I'll try updating this blog as frequent as possible whenever I make progress, mistakes or got a mindset shift and I'll try making it as detailed as possible since it may help some people too. Hope this blog can help other people not do the same mistakes as I will do in the future.
Yo 15, you make me feel old haha

You are going in the right path, I'll recommend working with wordpress, I feel it's faster and you can do more stuff than just html and css, although it's good to know those languages it'll help a lot with web development.

You can try XAMPP it's a free desktop app that comes with a server and database so you can learn wordpress for free in your own pc, search some youtube tutorials to get it done.

And that's it, just keep going learning new stuff everyday, even if you learn something little, it all adds up in the long run.

Hope the best for you and keep posting about your journey yes!
 

FastlanerDoer

New Contributor
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Nov 19, 2022
16
19
Indonesia
I'll recommend working with wordpress, I feel it's faster and you can do more stuff than just html and css
Yea I plan to learn it too, just tryin to absorb knowledge about web design as much as I can.

You can try XAMPP it's a free desktop app that comes with a server and database so you can learn wordpress for free in your own pc, search some youtube tutorials to get it done.
I’ll sure check it out and learn more about it once I can get back to work. Thanks for the suggestion bro!

keep posting about your journey yes!
Sure will brother :)
 

FastlanerDoer

New Contributor
Read Fastlane!
Nov 19, 2022
16
19
Indonesia
Damn, it has been quite a long time since I posted. I could finally get back to my work after like 2 and a half week of vacation. I feel quite bad when I got back home yesterday since I haven't made any progress on my web design because I was on vacation. I now just really hope that I could focus back on web design and building a Fastlane business and other goals I have. Currently I still have that kind of post-vacation directionless, like you kind of forgot what you're supposed to do after like a long break, some kind of that feeling. I think it's just the lost of momentum I had that I'm talking about. I'm right now just trying to get the momentum of going back to work again and learning new things about web design and business. So yea basically for the past 2 weeks I didn't do any work, made no progress and I really hope I could now make up for the time lost. Feel kind of bad for the time lost but I now should stop dwelling on the past and start making up for the time lost and start working again.

Very sorry to those of you reading and following this blog who expected some results when I post again, but like this is why I keep posting too. So I could learn from my mistakes and also keep accountability by posting. Now the next major mistake for me and also possibly for you if you're not doing so already is to sit idly and just idle, not doing any work or make any progress to a meaningful goal and purpose. This idleness would lead you to giving up the endeavor because you aren't seeing any visible progress and this is also usually the cause on why I and many people give up on such endeavors. This idleness usually comes from your mental health, lack of direction and discipline. Let's be honest, if we suffer with mental health then of course we won't be doing any good work, and not doing any good work would lead to no visible progress which would lead to idleness. And also it's because we don't want to do the hard work. Business is hard work and a lot of people do not want to do hard work, that's why many people quit. So if you really want to be wealthy and actually go full Fastlane then you better be ready to do the hard work especially when you don't feel like it.

Now time to set some expectations for the next time I post so I could actually have accountability. The next time I would post here I would already be able to:
-Work with WordPress
-Work and test with XAMPP

Why WordPress? Well I surprisingly, just knew that WordPress is actually much more efficient than like just html themes because you could just easily update websites with it and it's also more beginner friendly than HTML. I probably would do both WordPress and HTML in the future since I probably would need to provide HTML services too but I'll just start dabbling with WordPress first and check it out first. Anyways thank you if you've read this far in my blog post, hope you could take something out of this, if you don't well then I'm sorry for wasting your precious time.
 
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