When his parents are at work—and his sisters at school—Samir spreads his web designs out on the dining-room table. When they’re at home, he takes it into the part of his bedroom he has designated an enterprise zone.
For Samir (not his real name), web design started as a way to cover his fees to become a commercial pilot. He teamed up with three fellow students he had met at a college where they had been studying marketing and web design.
The three now offer web-marketing advice and design for advertising. They keep their prices competitive in a crowded field and all work from home. Earlier this year, they were pricing their jobs at between 600 and 1,200 Tunisian dinars (US$350 to US$710).
At first, their business went undeclared—or “underground” as Samir put it. “But we worked with proper companies,” he said proudly. “We did some good work income-wise.”