Earning Over $100k Per Year as a Freelancer

Every week my email inbox is overflowing with marketing emails that, for the most part, are not very interesting. But a few weeks ago I got an email from the guys at LearnWebDevelopment.com that really caught my attention. I met these guys at a conference last year, and they invited me to check out their program. After spending some time with them and exchanging a slew of emails, I realized they had a pretty unique program, and this was something my readers would be interested in.


In the spirit of full disclosure, I want to be extremely transparent with my readers. Because I’m such a fan of their product I’ve partnered with them to be an affiliate to help promote their training. They offer a great product and I will receive compensation from them if you purchase their training, so it’s a win-win for everyone.

Here’s Why I Like Them

Their training courses can teach just about anybody the foundational web design skills needed to make a living. They offer a lot of valuable insight, not just in design and development, but also the business aspect of things. Plus, their program is way cheaper than college tuition. They train their students to be freelance web designers (studies are showing freelancers make 29% more per year than designers with “real” jobs—that’s over $10k!) and arm them with the skills they need.

LearnWebDevelopment.com Curriculum
The Learn Web Development Curriculum

Here’s Why Other People Like Them

They have some major experience and they’re experts themselves. So far these guys have taught over 31,052 students how to make bank doing website design and development. And their grads have designed sites for all sorts of companies—from local mom and pops to top companies like Apple, Blockbuster, AT&T, HP, Merrill Lynch, Nordstrom, the Dallas Cowboys, Sony, Procter and Gamble, ESPN, Sprint… I could go on and on.

LearnWebDevelopment.com Client Logos

Here’s Why You’ll Like Them

If you think you need an expensive college degree to get a job in web design, you’re wrong. Web design DOES NOT require a fancy degree from a four-year school. You just need some solid training, and when it comes down to it, all you really need is a killer portfolio. The guys at LearnWebDevelopment.com have one of the best programs I’ve seen for web design and development training.

Only 41% of college grads find a job in their desired field within three years of graduating. And when you study web design at a traditional school, the course material is almost always dated. So when you get your degree, it’s in the previous generation of design. Not too useful.

The thing I really like about LWD is that they provide live online classes, one-on-one support, and recorded video training. And their support is specialized. So if you have a question about design and development, marketing, social media, or anything else, you’ll get an answer from an expert in that field.

They teach next-generation methods on the hottest design platforms. You’re not just learning how to make a website. You’re learning how to run a design company, which is awesome. A lot of their training focuses on building a successful business, including:

  • Which questions to ask your clients

  • Templates for the documents you’ll need (like quotes and contracts)

  • How to build efficiencies into your process

  • How to drive traffic and generate leads with your website

  • Tips for building a team

All of this will help you work less hours and make more money. You can use this knowledge on your clients’ sites too, so not only can you build a website they’ll be proud of, you can help them increase their revenues, as well.

Of course, they also cover all of the “nuts and bolts” training you’ll need to design and develop websites that your clients will love. From basic design theory to eCommerce, and everything in between, you’ll get all the technical skills you’ll need to build a website that gives your clients exactly what they want.

They also have an Internship Program, which allows qualifying students to hone their skills—and earn some money—on real-world projects. This program will give you the experience you need to be successful on your own projects, and in your own business.

LearnWebDevelopment.com Internship Program
Screenshot from an LWD Internship Program Project

If you struggle as a freelancer and want to join the hundreds of their other students who have learned the skills to earn over $100k per year as a freelance web designer, then I would highly suggest you head over to their site and fill out your name and email to check out their free mini course.

Discover how to use the best web design tools on the market plus increase your income to $125 (or more) per hour.

Sign up for our free mini course.

  1. Jeff
    July 14, 2011

    That is the hugest link-bait title I’ve ever seen.

  2. Brian Cole
    July 14, 2011

    Is this an actual article or an ad?

  3. July 14, 2011

    do u really think they are good or just enjoy that affiliate link? personally, as a reader id atleast expect ud say its affiliated. 🙁

  4. New2Design
    July 14, 2011

    Nice Article, I would invest in this if i was not paying for Lynda.com Monthly plan

  5. Dave
    July 14, 2011

    Hey Brant, I must admit i am intrigued. I was hoping to go to their site and ask a few questions but there is no for of contact other than support (that i could find) any insight?

  6. Erin Slape
    July 14, 2011

    I was interested as well but I too was disappointed there was not an email contact on their page only facebook and twitter. Also I am disappointed that all their classes seem to be for Adobe version CS4 and since CS5.5 is soon to be released they are almost two versions behind on the training. Being that far behind in their training class versions is not what I would call “next generation”. I do love your blog, I don’t mean to seem like I am complaining but this just doesn’t seem to be what it promises to be.

  7. Craig
    July 14, 2011

    @Dave it’s under the “support” section:


  8. Nathan
    July 14, 2011

    I say learn it yourself and/or learn from people you respect. This website provides nothing the design community doesn’t already offer for free.

  9. July 14, 2011

    The fact that these are affiliate links makes this article not very credible..

  10. July 14, 2011

    College is more about than just learning the development. It helps with your social skills 🙂

  11. July 14, 2011

    I’m Doing freelance, and I too get their emails. I always want to learn more. I checked them out. I just got an odd feeling from their sites. Didn’t seem transparent enough, I guess. It just seemed to lack something. Cant put my finger on it. Couldn’t find any kind of reviews or testimonials when searching online. I’m glad you posted something about them though. That helps some. Thanks!

  12. July 14, 2011

    any insight if this any better than something like ‘thinkvitamin’?

    Small Business Web Design

  13. July 14, 2011

    I appreciate everyone’s candid feedback on the article. For those of you who are long time readers of the blog, you know that I am not just looking to throw something up for affiliate links. The site has a history and reputation that places it in high standing within the industry. This is also why I fully disclosed in the article that I have partnered with LWD because I believe in their product. They have had 27,000 people pay to go through their course. I have seen with my own eyes and talked with others who confirm that their product is for real. It is not for everyone. Obviously, it is to help people who want to “learn web development”. If you are already a pro then this may not be for you. I would like to have a long term partnership with LWD because I believe in the product. Time will tell if this is something the DesignM.ag community appreciates. Again, thanks for the candid feedback. I truly do value every one of your opinions.

  14. Jimmy
    July 15, 2011

    They should change the tile to “DesignMag sells soul to learnwebdevelopment.com”

  15. Daniel
    July 15, 2011

    Just look here

    And you will see how good they are 🙂

  16. Niall
    July 15, 2011

    I’ve actually invested in some of their Flash training videos a few years ago. They were really useful and taught me quite a bit in Flash, as I was a relative novice.

    They have regular sales also, so you can pick them up quite cheap! I’d recommend them. Also, I don’t know if they still do this, but at the time when I was a member, they would send out a newsletter with really good tutorials for free. Always useful for beginners and self learners.

  17. July 15, 2011

    They’re own website though is a pretty average design. I just find that would make me feel extremely uncomfortable.

    This whole idea that you should pay them money to tell you things that you can actually find out for free if you put your head to it actually angers me.

    In fact, the whole fact this article is listed on Smashing Mag annoys me. Deliberate advertising and nothing more. I won’t be reading this blog again.

  18. July 15, 2011

    Thanks very nice article!

  19. July 15, 2011

    Thanks for the heads up, I’ll go and check it out. Being a freelancer can be very challenging, we need all the help we can get 🙂

  20. Sérgio Lourenço
    July 18, 2011

    Gotta tell you that it looks suspicious to me. Appart from the knowledge and expertise that they might have their website is kind of standard.

    I’ll try their mini course and then see whats what. But it’s a bit awkward i gotta tell you.

  21. July 18, 2011

    The title is earning 100k/year as a freelancer and the article is about learnwebdevelopment.com.

  22. Will
    July 18, 2011

    I just wanted you to know after seeing this article that I will be un-subscribing from your blog.

  23. Daveg
    July 18, 2011

    As above really trashy spammy link bait article

    Ubsubsribed from rss and twitter, telling my 2k followers to do the same

  24. Stephen
    July 18, 2011

    Learnwebdevelopement needs to improve their own website as that is the public face of their company. Obviously that must have been apparent to designmag editors but they chose to get a paycheck for an endorsement. If an endorsement can be bought so easily, I hold little regard for the other recommendations offered by designmag.

  25. July 19, 2011

    Just for clarification. I actually reached out to LWD to see if there was a way we could promote their product. See @Niall’s comment above. The training is top notch, they have a money back guarantee, and they also have great support. 27,000 people have been through their training. I see that several of you are upset. I am not on a mission to turn the blog into a promotional message for LWD products or any other product for that matter. For those of you who have decided to cut ties with DesignM.ag over 1 post, I’m sorry to hear that. We are doing our best to put content out that our community will enjoy. Your feedback has been taken very seriously. Thanks again for the candid feedback.

  26. July 19, 2011

    I would like to know if you ever want to change your site layout? Well-written, I love what youve have to say. But maybe you can approach a little bit of content, so that people can better connect with it

  27. July 19, 2011

    Excellent Job…Freelance make better then worker

  28. July 19, 2011

    Good observation mate. I wish I could make that much money one day 🙂

  29. Craig Marshall
    July 19, 2011

    Nice article. I’ve found something very inspiring. Thanks. I’d like to think about it.

  30. July 19, 2011

    I’d expect these pros to have website code that is at least VALID. 48 errors? Wow.


  31. Ash
    July 19, 2011


    I am really not impressed with their showcase – someone is charging $125 for that? hmm.

  32. August 3, 2011

    Nice article. I’ve found something very inspiring

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