Everyone has to start somewhere, right? I know I started markup programming since I was 14 years old. Now, I think I have the skills and knowledge to make money from it. Well, actually, I knew months back that I could start making money with my work but I really do not know where to start. One major thing that stopped me was my lack of skills in image manipulation and design â€” I just do my XHTML really good. And since I thought possible customers were more into design than markup, I stopped a while until I have the skills â€” the skills that I still do not have that much even right now.
Then I have encountered XHTMLized. There I saw an opportunity that I could just make the XHTML out of the customers’ designs that they can’t turn into beautiful markup. I have done this for a volunteer work with TomWeb on the UST Nursing website and with my friends’ blogs, and now I know I could do this for a fee.
XHTMLized starts their service at $149 â€” that is PhP7600 on the average! Wow! I can not make that money even with my 4 months’ allowance! Now I am definitely starting my career!
Well, I still won’t stop volunteer work for my school [TomWeb] and for my college [ESC WebTeam] and for my close friends, but for other people that need me: I am going to think about how much it would cost first.
I know I’ve done free service a lot in the past few years but please consider that I am in dire need of finances right now. And, if I am not going to start making this as a career, I may not be able to start making this as one in the future. I need support for this from you [my friends and readers], maybe you could refer me to anyone who wants to build a business out of a website [those are usually the ones willing to pay for good design and markup] or someone who has just a lot of money and wants a good XHTML+CSS design.
Here are my specifications about my work that may be of interest to those who are thinking of availing my services:
- I use XHTML 1.0 Strict, unless the design restricts me to do so then I’d use the Transitional DTD.
- I use XHTML purely for content, using CSS for design.
- I would accept designs in almost any image format [JPEG, GIF, PNG, preferably PSD for Adobe Photoshop].
- I would also accept designs in HTML or XHTML that the owner wants to be cleaned up for better Search Engine Optimization and accessibility [for text-only browsers and screen readers].
- I would make the XHTML look similar [there is no same in rendering between different browsers] in major browsers â€” Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Mozilla Suite, Netscape Browser; and if possible, Camino and Safari.
I do not intend to compete with those people at XHTMLized. I just want to start my career. Besides, I’ve linked them twice already â€” my thank-you’s for giving me the idea.
Here are my details if ever you wanted to contact me privately; or just post a comment below if you don’t mind telling it in public.
â€” Aja Lorenzo Lapus, freelance programmer.