How to start a freelance web development and design business with Webflow for free

If you are looking to start a freelance web development and design business, you need state-of-the-art tools like Webflow that you can use for free. Learn more!

Whether you’re looking to break free of the 9 to 5 life and start your own freelance design business, or you’re part of a scrappy crew of creatives about to found your own design agency, you need state-of-the-art tools that aren’t going to destroy your bottom line.

Thankfully, you can use Webflow for free.

Yep, that’s right. Free. Zip, zilch, zero, nada per month. $0 a year.

How?!

Well, it’s pretty simple. Read on

How to start a freelance web development and design business

Webflow empowers designers to build professional, custom websites in a completely visual canvas with no code. And yes, it’s free. No code web building? No charge? It’s a no-brainer for anyone starting a freelance web development or design business. Here’s how to get started.

1. Sign up for a free Starter plan

With Webflow, you can start building your website for free. Test us out on two unhosted projects. You’ll have full design control and access to 100+ hours of tutorials. 

No credit card required. No trial period. 

It’s free forever. Take as long as you need. Add a site plan for more pages and a custom domain when you’re ready to go live. 

Want to begin building? Just click “Get started — it’s free” in the upper right corner of your screen now. Or go to webflow.com and sign up. It’d be cool if you used the button here, though. Helps my conversion rates.

I’ll wait a beat while you do that.

Done? Okay, cool. Let’s move on.

2. Start building a site

Now, just start designing. Enjoy the freedom that comes from knowing that you’ve got a blank canvas to bring your ideas to life on, and Webflow’s super-clean code to power it all. Create a few Collections to hold your client’s content, and thrill at the ease with which you can create highly structured content — again, without even thinking about code!

Drag in unstyled HTML elements for full control, or use pre-built pieces for complex elements. Create reusable symbols. Manage element hierarchies. Easily create scroll-based parallax animations and rich, multi-step animations. Webflow empowers you with tools and features that help you build your vision fast.  

With less time and money spent on your design tools, you can spend more time on other key parts of your freelance web development and design business. Like finding new customers.

3. Set up Client Billing

Once you and your client are comfortable with your design progress and the platform, set yourself up for Client Billing, the automated billing tool we built right into Webflow.

Once you’ve done that, switch over to your project’s Settings, enter the client info, and define how much you want to charge your client every month.

Let’s pause on that for a second though: with Client Billing, you set the cost your client pays for their site, not us.

That means you can take the monthly hosting cost, add any maintenance fees you need, then toss on a little pure profit if it fits the client’s budget. This is a great way to not only make a little extra revenue for your business every month, but also establish an ongoing relationship with your client, so you can continue providing them with services, building trust, and making even more when their web needs grow!

4. Set up Webflow Hosting on your client’s custom domain

With your “prototype” of the client’s site approved, and Client Billing set up, it’s time to set up hosting with us. Webflow Hosting is powered by Fastly and AWS, so you and your business’ clients will enjoy world-class page load times along with extreme reliability — and none of the hassles of unmanaged hosting.

At this point, you’ll be able to create all the pages and CMS items you need to flesh out your client’s site, review it, and when all is approved and looking beautiful, launch!

Webflow gives your freelance business enterprise-grade scalability at startup-friendly prices. Whether you’re making updates, creating custom forms, managing SEO, or integrating tools, Webflow Hosting is packed with features that make running your sites easier.

Note: on our Starter plan, you won’t be able to whitelabel your billing forms or the CMS, so your client will know you use Webflow. If that concerns you, you can upgrade to a Pro or Team plan so your clients always see your logo (or theirs!) — never Webflow’s. Granted that’s at least $35 a month (billed annually), but between all your new clients and your shiny new monthly profit, Webflow should easily pay for itself.

5. Rinse and repeat

Because we don’t do trials, and hosted projects don’t count against the Starter plan’s 2 site limit, you can use this process as long as you’d like. And when your business is ready for powerful extra features like more unhosted projects, whitelabeling, code export, password protection, and the Team Dashboard, an upgrade is just a couple clicks away.

Ready to take the fear out of freelancing?

Introducing The Freelancer’s Journey: a free course that teaches you how to succeed as a freelance web designer — from getting clients to launching their websites.

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Looking to start freelancing web development and design?

Apply to become a Professional Partner and join our growing network of talented Webflow-approved freelance designers and developers. Build your business by supporting our self-service customers on short and long-term engagements. 

Showcase your work

You created something extraordinary; now show it off! With Webflow Showcase, you can allow the public and other Webflow design and development pros to view your projects. Share your talents for the world to see while getting inspired by and connecting with others.

Webflow is more than a way to create powerful, flexible websites and apps. We’ve developed a global community of designers and developers helping to build the future of visual development. As a member of the Webflow Community, you have the opportunity to interact with like-minded individuals, share best practices, build your business or portfolio, and expand your Webflow knowledge. 

So, what are you waiting for? Start your freelancing web development and design business with Webflow today.

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