Hey there! We’re Amy and Ian, a married couple from sunny Florida and we make 100% of our income from the web.
We don’t live in a mansion, we are not millionaires and don’t drive a Ferrari to our private plane. What we do have is love for each other, great family and friends and a thriving web business that allows us to spend everyday together making money from home and travel to some pretty awesome places.
We met a long time ago in a much colder, less sunny place. It was at a Dominos Pizza in a small city in Massachusetts. Amy (who was just 14) answered the phones and Ian (who was only 18) was a pizza delivery guy. In case you’re wondering, we didn’t start dating then (we didn’t start dating until Amy was a few years older. However, we’ve come a long way since then.
There are a lot of juicy details in our journey, but we’ll save that for later.
SO WHY THE WEB DESIGNER’S ACADEMY?
With this site we want to encourage, inspire and teach other web designers (and people interested in web design) every aspect about creating websites and running a web design business. With a combined 17 years experience doing this, we have a lot of insights into web design that we can use to help a lot of other people.
If you are already a web designer, we hope that our experience and insights can help you build better sites, reach your goals and overall become a more efficient and profitable business.
If you are not a web designer, but you are thinking about it, you can see what it’s like, see what’s involved and make your own decision if this is for you or not.
And finally, read this carefully:
We don’t consider ourselves gurus, we don’t know everything, we don’t have fancy degrees from a top-notch design school. If you are looking to get rich overnight, you are out of luck. There are no get-rich-quick schemes here – this is work. At times it can be “OMG…I going to pull my hair out of my head work!” But for the most part it’s really awesome, fun work that you can earn a great living doing!
Web design is a skill that anyone can learn and become good at… after all we did.
It takes a lot of hard work, a lot of patience, mixed with some creativity and understanding the art of business to make this work for you.
You also won’t get any super-salesy pitches from us or fluffed up content claiming that if you buy [fill in the blank] it will make you sexy and wealthy for the rest of your life. That type of thing is not here.
WHAT CAN PEOPLE LEARN HERE?
Web Design is much more than just the technical side of creating a website so the Web Designer’s Academy (aka WDA) also covers information about managing clients, getting new clients, learning Photoshop, self employment taxes, working at home, working with your significant other, health insurance, managing your time, faster ways to get paid, using FTP, etc… All of these topics are relevant and important to anyone looking to get into this line of work.
You will find real life case studies, experiences and techniques mixed with recommendations based on our own experience being a married couple who are self-employed web designers working from home.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and we hope you enjoy the Web Designer’s Academy.
Amy & Ian Anderson
PS: if you are new here, we recommend starting at Web Design 101