Hi Guys, Not been on here long, couple of months maybe but I've just been sucking up the knowledge you all share with the world. I came to this forum wanting to originally rank my web design portfolio in google, but after reading the forum (making money especially) I found a better way to get clients. Background: Last year I got kicked out of college for low grades, tough time in my life as I just lost my mother to colon cancer and I realised life is short and I was stuck doing a useless Geography degree that I really had no interest in. My grades fell and I got more into the party side of college than the learning. Within 4 months they asked me to leave, and I didn't argue. I didn't want to be there. I moved back home with my dad and I was on the dole (UK version on welfare i think) for 2 months at this point I felt like a scumbag that had no worth and having money handed to me for nothing. Basically to cut a long story short, I could not find work other than a labourer for a roofer for £220 a week. That was a seriously physical job and while it was great for my muscles I was tired, stinky and covered in shit every night when I got home. I then decided lets see what I can do on my own. I always had an interest in web design but never got into it for some reason, until about 6 months ago. I googled a few tutorials, started designing in photoshop and with resources like codeacademy, phpacademy, nettuts+ and blogs I was slowly but surely building up an understanding. After 10 days I was capable of designing in photoshop and then coding them up in HTML and CSS. I was proud as fuck at this point of my accomplishments. I was working during the day and learning at night, it was not easy but I saw it as my way out. I then started with wordpress and learnt PHP, just by modding templates at first then I built some. I built a couple of sites for friends and they were happy! They were certainly better than their old sites. I asked my friend how much she paid for her old site, she told me £400. I was shocked because it really was crap! That's just under 2 weeks pay for me on my roofing job. Over the next 3-4 weeks I built up a portfolio of work, built a site for myself and got a cheap pay as you go phone. I had the skills, I had the tools, now I needed the clients... This was 6 weeks ago. This is how I did it! Like I said earlier my first thought was "I'll just use adwords/get #1 on google!" and I imagined myself being contacted my clients many times a day. I paid for £50 of google adwords and set up a compaign, sure I got some clicks and traffic and it wasn't "that" expensive but I had 1 personal call me. Not good enough. The real world isn't like that, I have learned if you want something you need to get off your arse and get it. Don't wait for money to come to you, The people who need websites are not on the internet, they are not the people googling for you and they are not tech savy. So I went out and bought myself a shirt, a nice tie, some decent trousers and some shoes. Armed with a tablet, business cards and my charisma I hit the streets. I live in a medium sized town, population of 140,000 We have a good number of small businesses and its these I visited. On my first day off from my roofing job, I had 150 business cards, at the end of the day I had 15! I walked into all the stores and shops I could, then it went something like this. Me - "Hello my name is dave, I'm hoping to speak with the manager please!" Shop Keeper - "Your speaking to them..." Me - "I'm just here to introduce myself really, I'm a local web designer here in ______. I've just started up and just wanted to let you know if you need any web design or graphic design services come and check me out." *hand them the card, they don't turn it down!* Shop Keeper - "Nice to meet you.." at this point you can see if they are interested, if they are it goes something like this. "what can you do for me? how much do you charge? have you seen my website, how would you improve it!" At this point I turn on my tablet and show them my work/visit their site and just talk for 5 mins to them. Don't sell! come across as a human! If they are not interested you get something like this, shake hand and move on. At least you made a connection which will come in use in the future if they change their mind: "I don't really need a website / I already have a designer / I only just got a website..." The idea is to make connections, introduce yourself. Try not to sell! If they need a website in a week, a month, a year chances are you will be the one they remember! Hopefully they keep your card and can get in touch I visited 250 stores in 2 days in my town, this was six weeks ago. I've closed 14 clients. More than two a week. I'm that busy I've put a handful of them off till next month. In total its £4200 of work, I need to raise my prices!!! lol! So if you are struggling to find work get off your backside and find it. There is room for everyone here. Good luck, hope my experience helps you a little. Dave Ps. I quit my job 4 weeks ago!