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If you're adept at coding and have an eye for sharp design, you make be able to make a business making Web sites—especially if it's something you already do professionally. Begin by building sites for friends and contacts to accumulate a portfolio. Focus on a niche, like designing pages for bands or restaurants, where you can develop a name for yourself in the community and get referrals from your early clients. Decide whether you want to build a one-time site for clients or take on the responsibility of updating and maintaining it, and bill appropriately.
First steps: Set up your own Web site with a portfolio of your work.
Time needed: You can make your own hours as long as you meet client deadlines—which may mean pulling some all-nighters.
Average sales: $42,104, based on Economic Census data.
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