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Career in Web Design - but I'm 40
« on: January 08, 2017, 02:52:48 PM »

I think my ideal job would be as a web designer. I have been interested in 'the internet' for about a year now and have a few basic websites and have dabbled in internet marketing, blogs, eBay, SEO and so on.

I'd like to earn my living from this full time. Either working for a web design company or perhaps as a freelance web designer/ developer.

But there is a problem........

1) I'm 40 years old, and this is a young persons game.
2) The work I have done to date has been in the public sector and totally unrelated to IT in any way
3) I've got loads to learn - PHP, ASP, MY SQL, Flash, Photoshop, to begin with - before I could become competent enough to work in this field, and this could take a long time, fitting in my training around other commitments.

Getting the knowledge is the easy part with websites, books and forums to help. But with the many barriers I have outlined above, I do wonder if this is just something I should save for my spare time, rather than a new career to support a wife and family for the next 20 years.

I'd be interested to know what other people think.


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Re: Career in Web Design - but I'm 40
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2017, 09:58:10 AM »
The good thing about this game is that you can always do it as a hobby and make some money on the side with it! Wink

While the SEO / web design industry is more and more dominated by younger folks, I don't think that necessarily excludes others.

You have to start somewhere - whether it's earning money as a business or creating experience to apply for jobs with. I guess you've already got a website or two online so perhaps you could look at monetising those?

Or you could setup some more and slap on some advertising?

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