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Making money as a web designer? HELP? Anyone have success? Which Marketplace?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by fungames, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. fungames

    fungames Registered Member

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    How can I put my web design skills to best use? I absolutely hate internet marketing. I struggle to work locally in my hometown because I do not put myself out there and it feels too tedious and slow working 1 on 1. I was wondering if anyone has a method that allows them to design and build websites full time? I was thinking fivver but the competition is heavy with india/other countries and far too cheap for my ability. Does anyone have experience selling on themeforest? How do I choose the right niche of a theme? I would hate to spend 1 week or more on a theme and have it not sell.

    My goal is to make $400-600day working 8-12 hours a day or $50/hour~. This could be achieved in several ways, I just do not know the right way or which marketplace/website to use. Has anyone tried craigslist? What methods would anyone prefer to share?

    Thank you very much,

    k
     
  2. Ricky Roma

    Ricky Roma Regular Member

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    you can offer services on Odesk and Elance
     
  3. SEODEMON

    SEODEMON Regular Member

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    Thing is all the people that started out early are millionaires with big corporate office buildings. There are a few in my area.

    Most of the bigger companies started out around the end of the 90s. Look at gravity forms, a simple form placement wordpress plugin. like 2-3 million sold. Those guys live in Virginia Beach and are living very well with big houses and nice cars. I met those guys once.


    Its all about advertising, reputation and building a cliental with any business.


    Fiverr is 4.00 a gig until you build your rep to offer extras. Try Elance I have had very good luck.
     
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    use behance. Built a killer portfolio...people will contact you

     
  5. fungames

    fungames Registered Member

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    Thank you guys.
     
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    wickedwebmaster Newbie

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    There is still PLENTY of money to be made with web design!

    Creating a portfolio is a great idea, but I never work on elance, behance, or any of those freelancer websites. Those clients always want three months worth of work for one weeks worth of pay! Not only that, but they will always try to add a ton of features to the site they didn't mention in the project description. All the while being on your butt about finishing before the deadline!

    What you need to do is find a lucrative niche for clients and specialize. I would suggest starting off with maybe Doctors, Lawyers, Franchises, etc... You need to find a group to work with that have deep pockets, are in a HIGHLY COMPETITIVE INDUSTRY, and you know enough about the niche or are comfortable with the niche enough to design a website with the functionality they need. Also, your skills speak for themselves!

    If you're not top-notch yet, hire yourself out on CL to local business owners for trade or low fee. This will give you practice with coding as well as dealing with customers. I suggest CL because even if you have a dis-satisfied customer they usually won't smear you online.
     
  7. fungames

    fungames Registered Member

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    Hey yes, thank you. I tried craigslist I rarely get replies. Do you think you can pm me, so we can talk? I don't know if I'm top notch or if I'm beginner. I don't know what niche to choose either, it seems like someone already went through all the good niches, dentist, lawyers, etc. Any ideas or brainstorming would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    k