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What to do...?

Hi there! Ok so i have an issue. I've been offered a job designing and building my cousins website for his painting/general contracting business. That's great and all but i don't know if I'm able to do this. I've had to take a few months of from doing anything here and I've also never built a full site myself! This could be an awesome opportunity. Should I wing it? Any major resources or ways u think it should be built? ie. wordpress etc.

I guess my confidence is a little low but this would maybe jumpstart my motion. Any feedback tips etc would be highly appreciated.
Thank You,

Dave

3 Answers

Kristopher Van Sant
PLUS
Kristopher Van Sant
Courses Plus Student 18,830 Points

I'm no expert, but I'd say do it! Sounds like a great opportunity :) (also designing your first site for a family member sounds less terrifying compared to doing it for a total stranger). And I'm sure once you start everything will come to you. For your first site I personally feel against using wordpress so you can truly challenge yourself and once it's done it'll be awesome to look back and say you did all that yourself! Do you have a deadline for building the site? Treehouse has been amazing in providing everything we need to know for building websites so reviewing some videos while doing the site should help as well.

HI, i think you should go for it, it's a great opportunity to start doing something in the web and for most of the requirements you can find good courses here at Treehouse, and if you get stuck you always have the forum.

Just make sure to get an good interview with them and write every aspect they want for the site, that will help you out to start a plan for the development.

Good luck!

Jordan Clarke
Jordan Clarke
23,464 Points

Definitely go for it. I've just finished my first site that I created with a friend of mine (who's also learning via Treehouse) for a holiday villa in Florida. We got the work just by chatting to him after booking the villa for our own holiday in Orlando, and subsequently got a nice little discount!

I wouldn't immediately dismiss using the resources available out there if you're still not fully confident. We used Bootstrap for the framework and built on top of this, which proved very useful. It's basic but it got us accustomed to dealing with clients.

Best of luck.