Starting a Web Design Company in Nigeria
Planning on starting your own web design company in Nigeria? If yes, then read this first. Just like starting any firm in Nigeria, getting the right information is the way to go. Web design firms often set out small and sometimes with just little needs. But as time progresses, company processes become complex and their needs increase. So, it is best to always start well and prepare for the things you will need ahead. For you to want to start a website design company, it is assumed that you can design websites. Or perhaps you have website designers and web developers that you intend to work with. Whichever the case, this article will be focused on the essential things you need to start your own web design company.
Company Registration with CAC
CAC registration is very important for every web design firm or company in Nigeria. CAC stands for Corporate Affairs Commission. The Commission is in charge of certifying companies for staging a business in Nigeria. To start a web design company, you need a business name. For instant, “DientWeb” is a business name. Pepsi and Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB) are business names as well. The business name is always the place to start. We will not look at how to get a name for your business in this article. But it is important you get one that is unique, easy to pronounce, spell and remember. Your business name should not be too long name or have special characters, so that people can easily memorize it.
Once you get a business name, registering that name with CAC – Corporate Affairs Commission is the next step. The purpose of this registration is to ensure that nobody else will use the name for another business later. Because the CAC databases from every part of Nigeria are in sync, it also helps you confirm if the name is already in use by another business in Nigeria. So, if the name is already in use, CAC will not register it for your business. Usually while filling the CAC form for business name verification and registration, you will be asked to suggest two names and hopefully if the first name you suggest is in use by another company, the second name might be free. Since it is possible that the first name might have been registered by another company, it is important that the second name you suggest is something you can actually use. So that if that becomes approved for you, it will still be a good fit.
Logo is all about brand identity, that is, a way for people to identify your brand or company. Think of some of the popular companies that you know. You will notice that the moment you notice their logo, name or color, you already know it is them. This is how powerful a good logo can be for a company. For some companies, their logo is their name but the font or style with which the name is written makes it unique. Some logos have just one color while some have gradients and a mix of colors. The important thing is always to have a logo that is appealing to the eyes. It is best when it is simple and easy to identify and with pleasant colors that don’t hurt the eyes. Your logo can be put on your website, complementary cards, ID Cards, Flyers, Outdoor Banners, Online Advert Banners, T-Shirt and many other brand materials. This will help keep your company name resonating in people’s mind and also help them identify you easily. This is definitely the next thing you will want to do after getting your business name settled. When it comes to logo design, there are professional logo designers all around, who could help out. If you have expertise in logo design as well, you can definitely design it yourself. But if you don’t, it will be good if you consult a logo designer.
Web design company Website
After you have gotten a business name and a logo, you are ready to move to the next steps. The first of theses steps is to get a website for your web design company. This is very important because it makes people take use seriously when you tell them that you offer website design services. Imagine that someone came to you saying he can make you a shoe and you look at his legs and found him wearing no shoes. That is exactly the feeling when you don’t have a website for your web design company. Your company website is your number one proof that you can actually design a website. I designing your web design company website, you will need to check other web design company websites for ideas. But most importantly, your website should communicate what you do very clearly. It should have some samples of website design works that you have done. For you to want to start a website design company, you most likely would have been designing websites for a while. The projects that you have completes might not have been so many, but as much as you have, still add to your website. This will help potential clients to trust you more, having seen what you have done. Remember to always put you best works on your website, so that you can impress your potential clients and convince them to work with you.
You might not have many website design projects when you first start your web design company. But as time goes and more people get to know about what you do, you should have more projects. When you have more projects than you can handle and none can wait for the other, you just have to get other website designers on board. With additional website designers, you will be able to complete your web design projects faster. You will also be able to satisfy more clients, make more money and get more referrals. You must however, keep in mind that there are times when website design projects will come to you in a rush. So, let’s say five projects just come in as the same time. You might want to set out and employ one or two web designers but please think again. You got many projects come in this time, but there will be times when no new project would come in all through the month. It is possible you don’t even finish the projects you have in the next three months so new money won’t come in. These are some of the realities you would need to consider before hiring many web designers. This is because, whether or not your company is has made money in a month, the salaries of your web designers have to be paid at month ends.
In hiring website designers to work in your web design company, competence is key. You could approach web designers with profiles on Instagram where you can already see sample of their works. When they come it for interview as well, you might also want to have then do some live designs. Competence of a website design is everything. Character is very important as well competence. So, be sure to consult relevant materials on recruitment for useful information. Having dedicated designers in your web design company will sure be greatly helpful for your business. You have a responsibility to them as well by the way; apart from salaries, your attitude is important as well. How well you treat an employee affects their relationship with you. If you ill-treat them and worse enough make your self unapproachable, they might not tell you how they feel but, in the end, it will be your loss.
Website developers are different from website designers. There are web designers that are also web developers however. But, in the actual sense, a website designer is someone that can use graphics design software like Photoshop to create or design how a website should look. On the other hand, a website developer is someone that can use code editor software like Sublime-Text to write html, css, jQuery, Php, etc codes that will make a website functional. Often times, website designers also would know how to code their designs into a functional website. But, there are website designers who are specialized in just user interface design (UI Design). These set of designers actually don’t know how to code. So, if you have them in your firm, you will also need website developers as well. Often times, web developers are not able to design as nicely as website designers would. In all, both designers and developers are needed in a web design company. Just as you can find web designers online, web developers are also very much present online. When hiring however, be sure to be concerned with competence as this is greatly important.
Web Design Company and Bank Account
After all said and done, getting clients is the ultimate goal for any web design company. To get clients, you must have done one form of marketing or the other. So, after your marketing has worked out, and clients are in and ready to pay, how will they pay. The fact that you have a business name that clients are patronizing you through, the best is that you have a bank account in the name of your business. This communicates professionalism to your clients and instill more confidence in them. There are some clients who would not even work with you if they see that you use a personal bank account. To open a bank account for your web design company is actually simple. All you need to do is walk into any commercial bank of your choice and get a form. Part of the requirements you will need include you CAC certificate which you got after registering your business name. So, you can see that the registration keeps having its usefulness along the way. You might also need a regulatory ID card like Voters’ card, Driver’s License etc. other things you would need will definitely be itemized on the form, so that you can gather them and submit them with the form.