I started making websites as a hobby and quickly got addicted, and I am looking to turn it into a career. My overall goal is to be able to work from home and manage/design/market websites for local clients. I plan on going after new/small businesses in my area as well as existing businesses who need a revamped web presence. I used to do some work a few years back when I first got into design and I was mostly flipping websites and reselling services, but that was more of a grind and not something I want to do again. My problem is I don't really know where to start. I have been researching for days and I have found a lot of methods that work for others but I don't want to just copy someone elses ideas and risk presenting an idea to a client that they have heard from 100+ other guys like me trying to get their business. My biggest issue is a lack of a portfolio, some of the websites I have made are more for personal use or not something I necessarily feel comfortable presenting to a client. I have offered services to friends and family for free just to get some stuff to put into a porfolio but no luck yet. I am currently working on a site that will feature my work and info about me, I am just using my name as the domain name but not sure if I should try to go into a branded design company like "AZ Web Design" "Phoenix Design Firm" etc. Any advice is greatly appreciated, I hope to one day be able to work from home and see my 9-month old more! Goals: - Work From Home (30-40 Hours Per Week) - $2,000+ Per Month in 3-6 Months - $4,000+ Per Month in 12 Months If I don't pursue offline marketing I think my only other option is to just build niche sites or authority sites, try to rank and sell. I am not a huge fan of the SEO game anymore however.