10 Helpful Tools You Need for Your Web Design Business

 
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When I first started freelancing I had absolutely no idea what tools I needed to use in order to run my business efficiently. I struggled for quite some time trying to keep up with emails, design tasks, and my growing list of clients. It took a lot of time to put all the pieces together but now I have a fool-proof system in place and a handful of tools I use to successfully run my web design business.

If you’re a current or aspiring web designer, these tools are going to help you set up or refine your web design business. I’ve also created a free workflow guide for you so you can see what my process looks like with some of the tools below. If you want to download the free workflow guide you can do that right here.

These tools and the workflow in the guide can be used regardless of the platform you design on. Most of the websites I create are hosted on Squarespace — if you want to learn more about working with Squarespace you can find more posts here, or you can enroll in the Build It With Squarespace Essentials course that will teach you how to design on this incredible platform!

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Tools for Client On-Boarding

  1. Calendly — set your availability and schedule consultations, meetings and check-ins with your clients

  2. Bonsai — create contracts and invoices and send them directly to your clients. You can also use their time tracking feature to log project work, and bill your clients upon completion

  3. Asana — manage your client projects, invite your clients to their project and assign tasks accordingly

  4. Google Forms — create an on-boarding questionnaire for your clients to learn more about their brand and design preferences

  5. Zoom or Loom — video conference with clients or use their screen share feature to train clients on how to use their finished website; you can also record tutorials from your screen and send the recording to your clients to refer back to when needed

Tools for Design

  1. Canva — create client welcome and closing packages, as well as site graphics

  2. Moqups — create initial concepts before designing on Squarespace

  3. Coolors — generate color palettes for clients if needed

  4. Unsplash/Pexels — download free stock images to use on your client’s website

  5. Lorem Ipsum Generator — input placeholder text for your client; ideal for initial concepts and

  6. Creative Market — download commercially licensed fonts, graphics, stock images and more!

Don’t forget to download your free work flow guide and check out the Build It With Squarespace Essentials course if you’re looking to learn how to use Squarespace and offer this service to your clients!

What tools or programs do you use for your web design projects?