New years resolution to start your own design business?

Rocketspark is here to help; freelance coaching, design referrals and the best local support in the business.

Starting out on your own can be a daunting task.

Back in 2006 when I started as a freelance graphic designer I faced a range of challenges — like finding clients, knowing what to charge, how to quote, preparing tax returns, paying thousands for CD-based design software, working with developers to code websites — and as a result lived with my parents to help pay the bills.

A few years later, along with a few buddies of mine and my brother Grant we started out on a new business journey with a couple bucks and a dream. Well the bucks and the dream disappeared pretty quickly as the reality of what we were trying to achieve set in. We struggled through trying to source leads, and we were our own technical support.

Jeremy Johnson
Head of Design and Co-Founder, Rocketspark

"We’ve learned these lessons so you don’t have to."

In the last ten years, the learnings have piled in — how to delight clients, manage client expectations and respond to difficult clients. We know how to write terms and conditions for quotes that’ll protect the designer from overruns and millions of rounds of revisions the client won't pay for. We’ve learnt about tackling the slow payers, the no payers, and almost every other tough client experience you could imagine — We’ve learned these lessons so you don’t have to.

After 5 years of designing websites for clients on our own website platform, word got out and other designers started asking us if they could use our web design tools to design websites for their clients.  5 years ago we launched the Rocketspark Web Design Studio to make sure that no one else had to struggle through what we did. We’ve built up 1000’s of advice articles from starting out, to quoting, to dealing with tech problems and challenging clients.  Ten years on from starting the business, we no longer design any websites in-house. We refer all web design leads to our Design Partners. 

"Rocketspark are really invested in seeing me succeed"

If you join the Rocketspark Design Partner Programme, we’ll support you with real, actual help and advice to not only grow your web design skills, but your web design business.

We’ll provide you with:

  • Credible referrals that match your industry knowledge and skills
  • Business mentoring and coaching
  • Design coaching
  • A website builder your clients will love, you’ll love how easy it is to handover to your clients (because you know we’re on their side too)
  • NZ based support, in Cambridge even. 
  • Exclusive events where you can learn and network 
  • A dedicated Partner Manager who’s experienced in marketing and business development to walk with you on this journey 
  • The ability to earn commission on the sites you design   

 So, now is the time for change, new year, new you, new business.  

 We can’t wait to help you on your journey. 



Business Coaching

Our mentors can help you get on with the business of designing. From quoting to time management, we've got you covered.

Design Coaching

Whether it's a refresh or fundamentals, our design team are here to walk you through all you need to know.

New Zealand Made

And we're proud of it. You know it means that you're dealing with your kind of people.

Devoted partner manager

We'll be in your corner every step of the way. Our Partner Managers are sales and marketing whizzes here to help you and your clients grow and succeed.

🎉Join as a Design Partner and get 50% off your own business website.

Becoming a partner is simple and free.