Want to start a website department in your agency? Cool!

Here are some of the main things you’ll need to start a website design & development business:

  1. Designers
  2. Developers
  3. Someone with SEO coding knowledge
  4. A development hosting server
  5. A live hosting server
  6. Knowledge about DNS, A records, MX records, and more technical domain jargon
  7. A support/maintenance plan (what do you do if a client’s site gets hacked?)
  8. Support person or team member who can troubleshoot the internet (client’s emails are broken and they call you to find out why)

Now, sure, it’s possible to have one super person who can be a couple of those items in one… but in a way, they’re even harder to find.

So if you want to start a website business or department within your existng agency, you can print this off, use it as a checklist and away you go.

But here’s the thing. Do you really need to? Or are there alternatives?

If you’re that way inclined, by all means, power to you!

But if you’re looking at that list and wondering where to start, or where you’ll find the time, not to worry – you’re not alone!

Let’s take a step back here for a moment.

Say you have an idea to create the next cool, modular, reusable mobile phone… and you wanted to make it a reality.

You have a couple of options;

Scenario 1
Start a technology company. Hire engineers. Product designers. Buy a factory. Deck it out with robots. Find some labourers. Make a prototype. Find the bugs. Go back to the drawing board. Make some more of them. Buy hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of inventory. Ramp up the production. Look into product packaging. Buy a packaging machine. Get some stickers. Pay a friend to pack the boxes. Find a shipping partner. Become an ‘overnight success’, many years later.

Scenario 2
Find a cool product manufacturer you can partner with who’s already got all that stuff. Sign some NDA’s. Communicate your idea. Get them to make it. Sell your products. Boom.

Ok, I oversimplified #2 for effect. But then again #1 is way more complex than I described it too. But you get what I’m saying.

There is another way!

So if you’re strapped for time and don’t want to go through all the hassles, headaches, heartaches, tears and potentially wasting money by going through Scenario #1, you’ll be glad to know that there are companies that can help you with Scenario #2!

If you wanted to create another iPhone, you’d go and chat with the people at Foxconn. (Aside: cool name, right? Sounds the name of a business out of a Marvel movie!)

And if you want to start offering your clients website services, there’s us!

See you in the next one.
Ovi (Is there a better way?) Puscas