Surprisingly, there are still some creative professionals without a website. By the way, having a Facebook page doesn’t mean you have a website. And yes, you should have both! So, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you need a website.
One of the biggest reasons for having your own website is to help build your personal brand. In the past, branding was reserved for larger corporations, like Disney and Pixar. But nowadays, with social media lurking in every corner, personal branding should not be overlooked.
Let’s face it, if you want new gigs, you’ll need to show off your stuff. While there are a number of online portfolio sites where you can post your work, having your own site comes with many benefits, such as being able to set yourself apart from the rest.
It doesn’t matter what time your work day ends, your website is always available to existing customers and potential clients. Besides, people expect you to have a website. Without one, they might not even know you exist.
A website can help you establish credibility within your field. It’s a place you can share your credentials, client testimonials, and blog posts or tutorials.
Not having a website is like handing over your leads to the competition. When potential clients search the web for services you offer, wouldn’t it be nice to have your name included in the results?
Websites are great for making connections. Having a simple way for fans to keep in touch helps you grow your audience and your network.
Believe it or not, having your own website can actually save you time and money. That’s right! Maintaining a website doesn’t have to be expensive, especially if you can learn how to do it on your own.
Note: When you use your website as a sales and marketing tool, you’ll quickly see how the return-on-investment is generally higher than other advertising options.
Online portfolio sites are great, but how much of the design can you control? While there are a few that offer seemingly endless possibilities, nothing takes the place of having your own site that you can design to meet your needs. This is also great for helping to build a consistent look for your personal brand.
Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are great – and you should use them to their fullest extent – but not everyone uses these services. Sometimes, the only way to reach out to people online is with your own website.
While learning a new skill might seem like the last reason to have a website, it’s an important one. When you’re able to learn new things, not only are you ‘working’ your brain, you’re also increasing your value in the workplace, while building your portfolio. Besides, learning is fun!