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how to get clients starting out

Discussion in 'Web Design' started by jonathanr2007, Jun 23, 2014.

  1. jonathanr2007

    jonathanr2007 Newbie

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    Hi, i'm a student studying computing/IT at university. I'm interested in building up my own personal portfolio of my own work outside of university. However I currently have no experience outside of my university work. I am looking to start out and get clients that will allow me to create a website for them. I am willing to work for free however I do not know where I can advertise my skills for free. Can anyone please give me any advice?

    Thank you for your help.
     
  2. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Go to any good looking store on your town and tell the owner you 're building your portfolio and you 're offering a free site. How easier can it get?
     
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    jonathanr2007 Newbie

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    Most shops in my town either already have a website as they are large chain stores or they are not interested in having a website so offline is not really an option.
     
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    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Premium Member

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    How many stores did you go into or telephone to reach this conclusion?
     
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    Alpha. Power Member

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    Name your city and I bet I'll find at least 10 shops in need of a new website... Offer them free webdesign and expensive hosting.
     
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    Trepanated Supreme Member

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    Exactly.

    And even if they have a website, why can't you offer to make it bigger / better / more efficient / more modern / more profitable?

    Did you look at all the websites and find the 10 that could be most improved?
    Did you check which ones could most easily have their rankings improved?
    Did you make a list of all the businesses and see which ones were competing with each other?
    Did you then approach the smallest in each sector and offer to make them more competitive?
    Did you sign up for newsletters / updates with every local business that has a website?
    Did you check every local business directory for your area?

    That's just a few questions off the top of my head.

    It sounds like a safe bet your answer to all of the above is no.
     
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  7. imr.travis

    imr.travis Newbie

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    Look at your local yellow pages or the newspapers for ads from businesses, call the numbers listed or go in person!

    Build a website and print some flyers, call cards etc. Go on fiver and do some small gigs or even use the forum here.