Ways to search for your next client
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Searching for clients can be a tough part of the life of a web designer, but it does not have to be. I have found three great locations to find clients, two of these techniques are mentioned in “Getting your 2nd client?”. And most of these concepts should occur on a regular basis, in terms of involvement.
As a web designer, you need to belong to a community. Join a Facebook group or local MeetUp, and (if you are a WordPress designer or developer) get involved with your local WordCamp. For years, I did not understand the concept of going to meetings with my fellow competitors. While some do attend to keep a close eye out for their competition, most attend for fellowship and friendship.
Many times while attending a MeetUp or Facebook group, I have found clients looking for solutions to a web design problem. I was able to assist with the problem and was offered the project. My knowledge and attendance were the basis of the introduction, which lead to my securing the project.
Some web designers live on job boards. Not a fan of Upwork or Jobs (because they appear to be cost-driven and not design-driven), many freelance web designers rely on these boards for job leads and projects. Codeable, whose selection process is more challenging, is a better option.
Social Media Platforms, like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn will have projects posted daily. But before you rush to your Facebook page, most of the projects are cost-based and not designer based. For example, when you receive the question “So how much do you charge for your website?” and you do not know the number of pages, and features. You have not discussed the scope of the project, and the prospective only wants your bottom line (cost). This is going to be a tough sell, my recommendation is to put out a figure based on 5-7 pages, no eCommerce, or bells and whistles site…for example for $1,000.00 you will receive a site similar to www.yourdomain.com.
Do not be afraid to ask for a referral. If you have done a good job and the lines of communication are open, then clients do not mind telling others about your services. New prospective love, when your clients serve as a witness for you. Your clients can outline your reliability, process, cost, and overall happiness.
Hopefully, these tips can help you secure your next design project. And if you are in need of a web design or branding development project, then I am available and can be reached at 678-718-5489 or email@example.com.
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