Setting up a webdesign company in the UK? Need some advice

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  1. testyy

    testyy Regular Member

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    I decided to go ahead and start looking into creating my own business here in the UK. For the start it will be just me working for some clients. I have no experience in No Computing languages. Can you give comments about this scheme?

    1) Use adwords to advertise the service.
    2)I will only build websites from scratch using Wordpress and Themeforest themes
    3)Affiliate with hosting/domain registrar companies for extra cash
    4)Build a website on their domain with their content
    5)Tell them to review -> if they are happy they pay you -> I give them the website

    I think this is good enough right?
     
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    dandan594594 Power Member

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    First thing you need is a portfolio. Just set up a few quick sites and make then look good for the top local niches. Forget adwords to start with, I would go knocking on doors, show them a mock up and try and have a unique selling point.... latest HTML5 sites, Mobile ready, Free social account set up.... you get the idea.
     
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    How many websites have you built to date ?
    How long does it take you to finish a complete site and how much will you charge for it ?
     
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    to get your first clients I recommend trying peopleperhour
     
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    Okay thanks all. I think I do need many more websites in my portfolio so Im going to build more adsense website to do just that.
     
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    my advices, i have been in this biz for more than 2 years now, been in to alot til i get it to work
    opening such company need allot of work, before even protfilo you will need own trust website such as bussines listing website, or classified website.
    from such website you will find young biz owners and convert them to order your service
    after this you will need good database for Companys in ur area for cold phone calls.
    blog network depending in ur nichet
    then you have to bulid you selling stratogy plan - (offers) not all who will come ordering website really know what he want
    so better to make plans
    A) landing page ($price (from 199$ or what ever )
    B) Sample Site ( 4 - 5 ) pages no coding requred such as main about us contact photo gallery
    C} corperation website this with product listing Team etc...
    d) custom made website
    this will make ur life easy with clients
    back to protfilo every plan need 2 / 3 ready website with good looking theme content
    after you will done all this back stage work go ahead and rent a office and good luck
    sorry about my english :(
     
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    Why not just charge more for hosting than what the hosting companies charge? Most clients don't know what to do, so you can charge them a "setup fee" or whatever else you want to call it. If you make them sign up themselves, they won't.
     
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    Or register as a sole trader, though that means if you flunk, your assets (money, house, car etc.) are on the line as well. Where as in a limited company you only risk your investment's worth of money.

    Then again, not sure if Portugal follows any similar categories of businesses.
     
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    We have the same categories of businesses. I will have to study how to make a limited company, just in case..

    Thank you!
     
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    Nice decision. You can start. I think you will get a huge number of client. I would like to know about your rate for a wordpress site?
     
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    I'm going to be going to London next year an will be looking for work. Let me know if you're hiring then.

    Make ~10 websites for local professional niches, eg denitics, lawyers a ect... Use them in your portfolio and then sell links on them later on. That way you recoupe the investment.