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First Web Design client wants portfolio examples, don't really have any?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Nauthiz666, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Nauthiz666

    Nauthiz666 Senior Member

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    So I got my first web design client, I have been a SEO guy and my work is all SEO. I can design websites that she want's, but since she is my first I have none in my portfolio like hers to show. How can I get around this?
     
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    cm00x Newbie

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    stop lying that you're a web designer.
     
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  3. Nauthiz666

    Nauthiz666 Senior Member

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    I am not lying I am web designer, I can design websites just fine, but I am NEW into the design for clients business. Thanks for the helpful info.
     
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    withatwist Regular Member

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    Lol... That's messed up.

    But everyone had to start out from the beginning at some point.

    I say just build her site and have that serve as the portfolio.

    If you build her site and she likes it. She won't even ask to see a portfolio.

    And also, if your a web designer you should at the very least have your own website to show off.
     
  5. pike222

    pike222 Regular Member

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    Fake it till you make it :)...Why dont you show her couple of random sites,like she would know if you designed it or not...

    You can also tell her that you will design her site and if she likes it then she can pay.
     
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    Endire Elite Member Premium Member

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    Nauthiz666,

    I think your best bet is to not "get around this" and just be honest with your client. You may have to work harder to sell yourself without having work to speak for itself. I'm sure if you can come up with some clever wire frames and design concepts, your client will be impressed with that and may look past the fact that you are just starting out.

    Also, people do understand that there is a starting point for everyone. Assuming your client is not in the market for someone with a ton of experience, they will probably understand as long as you know what you are talking about.

    If your client is in fact looking for someone who has a lot of examples, perhaps you should target people that may be more amenable to a designer without a lot of history. You may also have to sell yourself a little cheaper if you don't have the work history to back up what full-fledged, experienced designers are making.

    Perhaps you can find some tips here,

    http://freelancefolder.com/building-your-portfolio-with-no-clients/

    Also, you could always buy domain names and build websites to put in a portfolio. Naturally you couldn't really say you designed them for clients but at least you would have work to show. Something to work on before the next client comes around.

    Hope that helps you and good luck!

    Shawn
     
  7. Nauthiz666

    Nauthiz666 Senior Member

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    Well, we do have our company site which was designed by us. But, she asked for comparables up front after she sends me her examples. I'm not sure whether to show her some random stuff (ethical?) or tell her site is the first of that specific design style we are doing and will let her see a wire frame up front before she agrees with us.
     
  8. GudGudIkram

    GudGudIkram BANNED BANNED

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    We'll how I started is that. Don't ask her any money. Just get the info for the site (content) and just create a kick ass site. Then just send it to her. If she likes then you'll get both a site to your portfolio and good money and yeah also a certification that you can create a site. :p
     
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    WPRipper Supreme Member

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    Tell the truth. Period.
     
  10. assassinmarketing

    assassinmarketing Regular Member

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    Dude. grab a template mockup tool. slap out 4 random sites and show her those
    tell her you are in process of building your professional portfolio & offer a discount