The demand for web designing in Sri Lanka is continuously increasing for the past few years. Google.lk is filling up with hundreds of new local websites every day. Also, you can master web design in Sri Lanka without spending millions. So, should you choose this career as your future career? By considering the increase in demand for web design, we can say; this field is a reliable one. Anyway, the salary that a web designer in our country gets is the downside. In other words, you can’t spend a luxury life with the small amount of money you will earn by designing websites in Sri Lanka. Anyway, you got two options here to consider: 1) Working for a Web Design Sri Lanka agency. 2) Working as a freelancer who provides individual services. We compare both the options, and you can decide which option suits you the most.
Working as a freelance designer
Considering the fact that you have already mastered web designing, you can start working as a freelance designer, and you don’t need to invest millions in it. Most freelance designers work at their homes. A modern laptop/PC and your knowledge — that is all you need to start your own service. If you work for a Web Design Sri Lanka agency; they will provide you with a PC and the required tools too.
The challenge that the freelance designers have to overcome is getting exposed to new clients. How can you win new clients when reputable design agencies are dominating the industry? Can you get exposed to new clients just by appearing on job websites such as UpWork and Freelancer?
The initial part — developing a name in the industry as a “top-class freelance web designer” is a real challenge. Sri Lanka is a country that gives priority to agencies over individual service providers. Well, the trend was not the same a few years back. Freelance and individual web designers used to make good money back in 2010, 2011, and 2012. But, most freelancers work for a Web Design Sri Lanka today. Of course, you can work for an agency, and take over some projects as a freelancer too. Anyway, managing time for both the jobs may or not be practical.
We should highlight the advantages of becoming a freelancer too. The freedom is the first benefit that we would like to highlight here. You are your own boss, and nobody is there to tell you what to do and not. You don’t need to stick to a daily working schedule such as from 9-to-5 or 10-to-6. Anyway, you should meet the deadlines to keep up your name as a reliable freelance web designer. You can design your clients’ website even by sitting next to the TV or on the beach, peacefully. In other words, you don’t need to stress yourself about going to the Web Design Sri Lanka agency to start your daily work. So, if you are someone who doesn’t like to get restricted by a fixed daily schedule; freelancing is your best option. Still, you should consider the downsides we did explain in the top paragraph.
Working for a Web Design Sri Lanka agency
The average salary for a web designer in our country is between 20,000-35,000. A junior designer can get paid even less than 18,000. You will have to work on 10 websites per month or 20 websites per month, but your salary will be the same. Anyway, the situation will not be the same if you get a job in one of the well-known agencies in the country that works with huge media brands. So, you will get the chance to work with a variety of clients from different backgrounds. You might meet a business owner who will offer you a better job at his/her company. Also, you don’t need to worry about finding new clients. Even if the agency doesn’t get any new customers for the month; they will pay you the full salary (hopefully, the agency will not close due to a lack of clients.) And, that is why we advise you to be a part of a reputable Web Design Sri Lanka agency.
Working for an agency lets you work with other experts such as web designers, web developers, SEO experts, and so on. So, you can gain more knowledge from them. Working as a team is more fun. If you are a freelancer; you would have to worry about finding new clients, replying E-mails, meeting clients in person, and so on. So, can you focus on what you really want to do — web design? In other words, working for a reputable designing agency gives you peace of mind about a fixed salary, so you can focus on your favourite expertise — web design.
It is difficult to say who will earn more money; the freelancer or the one that works for an agency. If the freelance designer manages to design 10-15 websites per month; he/she will earn more money. Still, nobody can guarantee that the freelance designer will get 10-15 websites to design per month. Which means you will get stress out of financial security from working as a freelancer.
What should you do then? Well, the decision is up to you, but we would like to give you a suggestion. Why don’t you start your career by working for a reputable Web Design Sri Lanka agency, which is the more secure option? You can gain precious experience by working with an expert team, and later; use that knowledge to become a well-established freelance designer. Working as a freelancer gives you more freedom and flexibility, but stressing out of finding new clients is a big headache. Web designing agencies now do it for even 2,000 rupees. So, as a freelancer, can you compete with that price range?
Let’s say a reputable Web Design Sri Lanka agency charges 2000 rupees for a one-page website, and you also charge the same price. Who is more likely to get hired by the clients? We think it the design agency. There’s a concept called the full-service agency. Such agencies offer all the crucial digital marketing services including Web Design Sri Lanka, web development, SEO, and so on. Business owners now prefer hiring such companies as that option saves time and money in the long run. Can you provide all the services as a freelancer? We don’t think so.
While the salary you will earn by working for a designing agency is low, it is more secure. If you manage to develop a name in the industry as a top-class freelancer; then you can earn more money. What is your decision so?