You’re ready to change your life for the better, and you know that doing this starts with changing your mind. But there’s more to changing your mind than a cultivating a positive attitude, a set of proven success principles, and proactive habits.
It’s also about changing what you know and learning new skills. It’s a lot easier to change your life when you’re doing creative work that pays well and that aligns you with the technical advances of the 21st century.
One of these life-changing skills is learning web design. Here are the top ten reasons that web design is worth exploring.
1. Web design is in really high demand
With more and more of our lives moving to the world of the web every day, the need for people who know how to build and design websites and infrastructures is growing at an alarming rate. It is one of the few fields in which finding a job will probably never be difficult (image via shutterstock).
2. You can teach yourself
You can learn on your own, reading books, using free or paid online tutorials, and going to local community workshops. In fact, one can even argue that getting a college degree in web design can almost slow you down. Although this sounds counterintuitive, many college curriculums aren’t flexible enough to keep up with rapid change. Unless you’re involved in post-graduate research, colleges, for the most part, are about standardizing learning rather than riding a cutting-edge (image via shutterstock).
3. It’s a creative, fun, and wonderful way to make a living
Web design is fun! You can use it to build sites, games, pretty much anything you want. You can pick the thing you love the most and concentrate on that–more so here than you can in almost any other field (image via shutterstock).
4. There are lots of choices
If you want to become a web designer, you can decide to simply tweak the design of content management systems like Drupal, Joomla, or WordPress and still earn a solid and creatively fulfilling income. With a robust platform, all you have to do is buy a suitable theme to customize.
5. The skills you learn build upon each other to give you more options
If you learn how to create HTML and CSS first then you can easily master Dreamweaver or any other special web design tool because you would know the basic languages they use. By getting rid of the tedium of writing in code it makes it easier to think through the logic of a program. So, it’s always important to know the code before you find tools that make it easier to use (image via shutterstock).
6. If you learn a few basic things you can parlay them into many other opportunities
Web designers use tools like Dreamweaver for the same reason that developers use tools like Blocky. Learning to use tools like Dreamweaver, InDesign, Blocky, etc will help you get jobs even outside the field of web design (image via shutterstock).
7. You can go at your own pace
As you learn new skills and code, use those skills and code to build lots of websites. Experiment, learn from your mistakes and then go on when you feel comfortable. Along the way, you’ll learn that web design is not only about appearance but also about simplicity, security, and functionality. Use Internet security software to protect your identity and social media profiles (image via shutterstock).
8. Money money money
Web design pays well, allowing you to earn from $40,000 to $80,000 a year. What’s more, you can either work for a company or as an independent contractor. Which brings us to (image via shutterstock)…
9. It’s easy to freelance
Once you have some basic skills under your belt, you can easily start working on sites and building simple web setups for people as a side gig. A little bit of marketing and word of mouth and you’ll probably bring in enough to continue training in the more complicated aspects of web design and coding (image via shutterstock).
10. It is inherently satisfying in ways that few other projects are
There is nothing quite like digging into the code of a site and finding that one line of characters that is causing the problems and then fixing it. Wait until you find that one errant semi-colon in a CSS markup. You’ll understand what we’re talking about.
With so many great reasons to get into web design, why are you still just sitting there? There’s no time like the present to get started on your new career and lifestyle (image via shutterstock).