I have been developing websites using dreamweaver and CMS (joomla, wordpress) for a couple of years. Mostly for friends and non-profits. I do the design, send a bill and go onto the next project. It’s been fun, but not a very good business. We are good on the technical and design end, but not very good on the business end of things - ie. we work hard, make a good product, have pretty good support but we do not make much money. We are small and maybe do 5-10 sites a year on a part time basis.
Does anyone have any suggestions how to make it more profitable? I’m trying to find a way to pay for my kids education. Some questions that keep floating around in my mind, but I have no way of finding answers are:
- what are maintenance contracts about, and how do they work?
- what are reasonable prices to charge for design and build services?
- what are other ways to generate income besides the “i’ll make the site, and you pay me x amount?”
- are there any books on this or discussion forums that are dedicated to these questions?