Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a blogger, a student or part of a company, you need a personal website to get what you want. Trust us. Your personal website is your online portfolio, whether you use it to share your work and hobbies, create a diary or just have a blog, here’s why you need a personal website and how to start creating one.
It helps identify you
A properly branded website that reflects who you are and what you’re passionate about, and if it doesn’t make you stand out from the crowd, it will surely help lead people who are interested in you (whether for a job or a freelance opportunity) in the right direction and help them get to know you.
It keeps you strategic and creative
Having your own personal website that you have to report back to every now and again keeps you creative and helps you spread your wings from the 9-5, you might love your job with all your heart, but sometimes putting a bit of personality and thinking outside the box in terms of content is a great way to keep your mind sharp.
It’s a networking tool
You can connect with other writers, beauty bloggers, foodies and health fanatics so easily these days, all you have to do is search hashtags on twitter, connect with bloggers chats and give helpful advice to others! Your site doesn’t have to be 100% polished, but remember, design matters!
It will impress
If you put a little time and money into it, it will impress others, it doesn’t have to be a business tool, it could just be a website that shares who you are and what you do, but eventually it will impress people who search for you, whether it’s recruiters, people interested in the company you work for or just your nosey friends and family!
So how do you go about it?
Start with your chosen website, WordPress or Blogger are great for newbie bloggers, with the opportunity to expand, buy a domain and use more complex templates being unlocked with time. For functional but limited coding for business websites, Squarespace is great and lets you handle everything from billing to metrics on one page. Create a mood board that reflects you, design your website around it and just go for it, whether you post once a month or once a day – it’s a great way to host your own little corner of the internet.
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