Start a website as an independent
When you start your own business, there is often a lot to do. Besides registering with the Chamber of Commerce and starting your business, a website is one of the first things you need to think about. With a website, you can get the word out about your business and attract your first customers. Creating a website can be outsourced, but with a little will and time, it's also great to do it yourself. In this blog post, let's take a look at the steps involved.
How do you choose a domain name?
Your self-employment and business will start with a domain name or brand name that you will operate under. Every business or company needs a memorable and recognizable name that you can use for your domain name, but also for your company name itself. You have several options for this, but the most important points to keep in mind are as follows.
The domain name should not be too long. By using a long domain or company name, you make it difficult for people to remember your brand name.
Your domain name can be related to the industry or product you are trying to sell. However, exact match domain names are not counted as heavily as they were in the past.
Your domain name can be a personal brand, for example, think of your last name or a combination of your name and the industry. Joepschrijft.nl joepdemonteur.nl or so on.
It's best to take a notepad and write your industry or service in the middle, and then make a word spinner with possible combinations or other ideas you come up with. Be sure to ask those around you who may not know anything about it, as this is the best way to make sure your domain name is understandable to everyone.
Then check to see if the domain name you want is still available, and it's best to register it right away. You won't be the first one to check again a day or a week later and find that your desired domain name has already been registered by another party.
Which hosting package can you choose?
There are various hosting packages that you can choose for creating and hosting your website, and like any hosting provider , we also have various packages for it. However, we try to make this process as simple as possible. The choice between the packages mainly depends on what technology you want to use to create your website. If you don't know anything about it yet, in most cases we recommend starting with a WordPress website, because WordPress is easy to use and can be used to design your website in a completely visual way. From setting the color scheme to setting up images to writing text.
All of this can be done easily with the click of a mouse or you can work as you would in Microsoft Word for example. Another advantage of WordPress is that you can choose from thousands of free themes that allow you to change the entire design and layout of your website in one fell swoop.
For a WordPress website, choose the Total SSD package, which includes everything you need to create and maintain your independent website.
Do you already have experience with websites, or are you just starting to offer your software? Then you should take a look at the Umbraco content management system. This is a solid system that is better suited for larger projects and websites and runs on the lightning-fast .NET platform. Our.NET hosting packages are then the right choice for you.
The most important pages a website should have as a ZZP'er
The content of a website is important because you need to present your projects and skills in a clear and captivating way. In this regard, reviews and testimonials from previous satisfied clients can be a great way to promote your services. In any case, your website should have a home page where you can already include many elements. A contact page that explains all the ways to get in touch. And a page where you can explain your specialties.
Of course, these aren't the only pages your portfolio website can have, but they can help you on your way if you're just getting started. Take a moment to outline this as well, and look at the points you think are important to cover on your website. Then break them down into different pages.
Do you have any questions about building a website as an independent? Then get in touch with us: We manage many websites of self-employed people who successfully attract customers with their website. And can therefore advise you accordingly.