"I can't get clients" This is a sentence that really gets to me. It's uttered by the lazy, who sit at home in their bedroom wondering why people aren't coming to them. THATS THE WAY THE WORLD WORKS MATE. GET USED TO IT! I've worked for myself for a long time selling websites. It's tough. It's not easy to do in this economy, business owners have less and less money available to them and a lot of them are set in their ways. They are just not interested in what I do. So what? Move on, next! If you are looking for clients, follow my guide on how to get some. I've given this advice to many people in many industries and those who have the balls to go through with it have made it work. You need business cards. Sort some out. You need some smart clothes. People will look at you different if you wear a suit. It's just true! Think of the authority and respect you give people like doctors, police and fire fighters just because they are wearing uniforms. Suits are your weapon. Head to town or where ever the businesses are. You are going to walk door to door and introduce yourself to each and every business owner. Does this scare you? Man up, this is how you grow a business. Are you honestly expecting to stay in business when you refuse to meet people? This is my script, its simple, easy and friendly. Me: "Hello, I'd like to speak to the business owner please." BO: "yeah thats me" Me: "great, my name is ___________, I'm a web designer/SEO/STD patient based right here in (your town). Here's my business card, if you ever need a ___________ be sure to get in touch." When you walk in you will be judged immediately, maintain eye contact, give a good firm hand shake, don't go in there with a bad attitude. Smile and be happy. Be confident and appear like you are the authority in your field. Do you see how simple this is? These people will remember you, 95% of web designers are not willing to do this, you will be in the leading 5%. If they need your services they will think of you, if they run into you in the street or what ever they may well say hello. Get off your chair and stop being a baby. Right away you will be asked questions such as "how much do you charge", "what sort of websites do you build" stuff like this. These are people who are interested, nothing wrong with trying to sell to these people right away. Even if they are not interested right now, they may be one day. Get out there and network. don't be the kid in his bedroom playing xbox while waiting for the phone to ring.