Posted 22 May 2004 - 06:34 PM
I did not look through the infos of all of you guys, but I'm pretty sure that some of you have some kind of web design compagny, may it be serious or more as a hobby.
My question is
Do you guys have to make lot of advertising or have to talk a lot about your web design thing, or do you get hits, and by the way clients, by simply putting a link to your site into your signature ? Do you get frequent work, or do you work from time to time ?
I'm just asking because I just strated doing bussiness on the web, posting in some forums and getting some logos and websites to do. I just wanted to know how you guys did your thing.
Posted 23 May 2004 - 02:29 AM
Posted 23 May 2004 - 02:42 AM
I'm getting used to contest and offers on forums. I started participating a month ago I think. What you said is true though, nothing is garanteed. You ain't sure about nothing until you see the money in your bank account. But you are also right saying that there is a lot do. No doubt about it. And lets face it, contests are fun. And they let you do what you want, since you don't have to fit exactly what the client wants since he doesn't give anything until he/she likes.
By the way, I have some logos for a contest to do
Posted 24 May 2004 - 01:00 AM
I have been a freelance designer for seven years.
I get tons of business from forums - and not contest style, such as this. I have just begun to come to these so that I can hang with other designers, and eventually participate. I cannot begin to count the mass of probono stuff I have done for others in forums, but for every five things I have done at no charge, there has been one person who wanted to pay for something.
I get a great deal of biz from freelance sites like Guru, and RentACoder among the many I frequent. Guru sends at least one job a week my way - but, I DO pay for my membership there, and that does help to secure the jobs. I would say that these type of sites are about 60% of my business --- I have done quite a bit of work with some of them, and have high ratings. Absolutely worth the $$ I pay for my memberships.
I also have my website listed with all "design related" websites - just because that helps the Google rating. From that, I do get a few jobs from passers by - and even more from the links to me from previous projects.
That is all the advertising I have had to do - so that totals about.... $ 500.00 a year, and that is NOTHING in comparison with the income
Posted 24 May 2004 - 01:15 AM
Posted 24 May 2004 - 01:59 AM
Posted 24 May 2004 - 02:06 AM
I CAN do everything, but choose only the web site design. I turn NO business away however. I have logo designers and programmers at my disposal.
I make anywhere from $250 - $800 for template design, and in the range of $1000 - $2000 for sites. I do at least one full website a week, and have clients that need bulk templates in the lesser template design rate.
I 100% agree with resurepus's statement that a strong portfolio (and client list) is the most essential. In fact, it is my experience+my design style that keeps my business thriving
Posted 24 May 2004 - 02:32 AM
I guess its all about knowing where to look, combined with a bit of luck. Since you're telling us you are earning over a 1000$ a week, then it must not be an impossible task to acheive.
As far as syle is concerned, I got to agree that it will mostly make your bussiness run. Once you found a style, keep it. But this is sure difficult. I myself have problems with that, since I eat minimalistic design and I find it hard to get clients who will like minimalistic things where white is well present. So I'm working to get my skills palette wider.
Posted 04 June 2004 - 05:02 AM
Posted 04 June 2004 - 05:22 PM
Get to know people in business through family and friends. It's vital and anyone will tell you its tough to make a living online but having business relationships often give you the most surprising results!
Posted 19 November 2004 - 02:10 PM
as a starting business, we are actually in the same situation as you (even more in the same town ) . At dualbase we are 2 peoples comming from France, so that's doubling the challenge (new in Quebec and new in webdesign business).
We started our business 1.5 month ago.
And the best things/contracts we get is actually 100% through real life meeting. In that order :
- accidental (!!!) meetings (from business card dropping/talking with everyone met)-> show up portfolio (at least mainly offline and at home (!!!))-> f*ckin hard talk with prices -> and then signing contracts.
That's not really working the way we expected.
For "online" promotion we started indexing in search engine, but that's really really hard to get a decent listing position with the keywords "Montreal, webdesign". For directories the same problem occur... Globally the better you want to get listed the more expensive is the bill. Then we start to learn SEO but we are sure now that contracts may not directly comming from the website (even if we get nice traffic and feedback).
For now we are focused in a "human to human" promotion (forums and Real life talk), concidering our website as a tool to support what we are talking about.
Actually our best "promoters" are our clients.
Keep up the good work,
Our little Montreal website design company
Posted 22 November 2004 - 03:22 AM
I have been visting this forum for quite a while. I was actually not very into the contest thing itself. Nonetheless, I kept visiting this site and I have finally signed up (Woohoo). I see that most of the time you take part in a contest, you really have to have time on your hand. I have been designing for about roughly 3 years now. It wasn't until earlier this year that I wanted to start a company. I am sure you would get alot of hits by simple giving someone you portfolio, but that doesn't really count as a word of mouth or have the same effect as giving someone a business card or being reffered.
Internet is sorta different. It is THE new business tool used most widely but has some downs to it also.
Thats all I would have to say for my first post on the board.
Posted 15 December 2004 - 06:21 PM
In my opinion the essencial point in getting "sure clients" is forming a good portfolio which shows that you are capable of doing serious projects. Once you have such a portfolio you can advertise it on forums. A signature on a big forum can bring up to 50 visitors a day to your portfolio website.
I agree with you resurepus, most of the business that comes to me is because of the impression my portfolio makes on potential clients.
Posted 04 January 2005 - 04:56 AM
That was until I came here and realised just how much money graphic designers CAN earn.
I'm currently making a website. From reading online guides about starting a website, espicially that of graphic designing, I've got some idea as to what I should do.
Advertise on free search engines. There are numerous websites that allow you to join these search engines and directories automatically. Some have trials in which you can manually submit, but on their site, your information for a few search engines and directories, before you have to pay if you want more.
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