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Sponsored by Squarespace

Most creatives know Squarespace as the do-it-yourself website-building platform and use it to make sites that showcase their own work. Beyond this, there’s a whole creative community out there who use Squarespace for an entirely different purpose: to build websites for other people—and they get paid for it, too.

By adding professional website design to your current list of services—graphic design, branding, photography, etc.—you can grow your creative skills and make extra income. For example, if you’re designing a logo for a new restaurant, you could also offer to make their website. Or if you’re shooting an event, you could build a site to host your client’s images—all for an additional service fee.

Simply start by creating your own Squarespace website (if you don’t have one already), and then ask friends or colleagues if you can build sites for them. Soon you’ll have enough site designs in your portfolio to pitch your services to paid clients, and you’re off and running.

Once you’ve created or contributed to three or more sites, you can join Squarespace Circle, a community for creative professionals who build websites on Squarespace. As a member, you’ll get (free!) access to unique perks, expert insights, and optimized support—benefits that can help you grow your business, even if you’re just starting out.

Here’s a handful of things you get with the Circle:

  • A 20% discount on Website and Online Store annual plans to extend to first-time clients 
  • Six-month trial periods (versus the standard 14-day website trial), so you have ample time to complete each client website
  • Exclusive content like advanced guides, marketing materials, and product release updates
  • Peer-to-peer product support, business advice, and access to private beta features in the members-only forum

Being an independent designer can get lonely sometimes, so it’s great to have a community of like-minded people to lean on. The Circle lets you connect with other creatives who are on similar entrepreneurial paths and eager to share all the tips, tricks, and hacks they’ve learned along the way. They offer advice and support web designers need, especially if you’re still mastering the platform.

Squarespace makes it super easy to get started: You can try Squarespace free for 14 days, plenty of time to learn the platform and experiment with some designs. (Once you’re a Circle member, you’ll get six months to build client sites.) When you’re ready to go live, save 10% on your first site with offer code COMMARTS. You can then use this site as the first example in your web design portfolio.

And keep going! It just takes a few sites to add “professional website designer” to your ever-growing list of creative skills and launch your website-building hustle.

Learn more about Squarespace Circle and designing Squarespace sites for clients.

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