What are some of the ways you've found new clients for a Web design business? Do you find networking works best or do you prefer advertising? Have you advertised online or do you stick to postcards and flyers? Learn some of the tricks that other Web designers have used to find new clients and share your own successes. Share Your Successes
Starving Designer Sale
- Seems to me there is no easy way, I've tried freelancing sites, competed with India, Romania, Bangladesh etc. and at those stupid low prices its not worth it, I am stuck in a rut and need to find a way out. Craigslist should be re-labled as people who will give you great accolades but will not pay you list. I'm listening someone show me the way up.
I also agree with the above comment on 8-midnight, I work 14-21 hour days routinely either doing work or looking for it, and seldom have time to work on my own site. This is my means of living but need better pay, love to find the clients that will pay $500 per page like mentioned above. I'm in the wrong circles. Show me the right circles.
- —Guest Insiston
PROVE UR SELF 1ST THEN CLIENTS SEARCH U!
- I think first you prove your self in this industry & then automaticlly those clients who want to make new websites they will definatly contact you, some peoples work as a freelance & got 100% positive results because they are built up a trust relation b/w clients & contractor. If the client feels that they can trust you to do a good job without confusing them with too many technical options, then they will enjoy dealing with you. The truth is that people do actually like web design and having a website of their own built.
- —Guest nsam.tech
Word of Mouth
- Networking, word of mouth, keep it local. I would disagree with all the nay sayers. I have been doing web design and development for 16 years and make great money. It does help to know a core programming language like Coldfusion, php or ASP so you can do more than just "design" a site. You can build customer software. Great money. Database knowledge is also a plus.
- —Guest WebDiva
Subscribe to Listing Services
- A great way of finding new clients is by showing your expertise and portfolio on creative listing services. There are quite a few remarkable, but I'd recommend http://creativorama.com or http://behance.com. But don't stop at these, google other services and spread the word. The more the better. Besides, for those who have a personal portfolio page, listing your business on these services can greatly improve your seo by providing a reliable source of quality backlinks.
- —Guest Johnny
Find Alternative Ways
- I think a good way of finding new clients is to trust services that are dedicated to that, like http://creativorama.com or http://portfolio.com. It's almost like leaving "client-finding tasks" to third-parties services. Of course, to get better results you may need to invest some money, but there are also free plans that will at least bring you some traffic.
Besides, never underestimate the power of creating a Facebook or LinkedIn page.
- —Guest Johnny
- just go to templatemonster and buy websites for 60 bucks.. that's why web design is a dead industry
- —Guest uop
- I think there's a LOT of speculation and false information about freelance web design. This is NOT a 8-5 job, this is more like a 8-midnight job. The truth is, and I'm a freelance web designer myself, that you will be working more on marketing and obtaining clients, then doing the actual design/coding!!
I'm a chamber member in my local city, and even that hasn't provided many new clients at all.
I would suggest that if you want to spread the word about your site and services, consider affordable internet marketing campaigns as these are MUCH MORE affordable then SEO. Don't waste your money on monthly SEO if you're a new business.
The U.S. market is heavily populated with web design companies, so this could play on the difficulty of getting new clients. I do agree with the guest above that establishing trust and connection with a client in-person is a good way to possibly gain new clients.
It takes a great deal of time in this economy!
- —Guest Rob Stathem
Grand Openings and Coming soon
- I look mainly for grand openings and coming soon, and check if they have web presence if not I offer my services. I work on a referral basis only, that way I am not overwelmed.
- —Guest Hans J. Whitaker
Position Yourself So Clients Want You
- Thanks for writing this article Jennifer. As for finding web design clients, there are many ways to do it and I don't think the career is dead. In fact, I believe the opposite.
Many corporate type environments are inefficient, sloppy and the world is flattening. The talented person will be more efficiently put in a place where he or she is most useful.
This person is very much the freelancer, independent or even small team partner. As for web designers, their role will evolve as technology and business evolves. But right now, there are lots of businesses that need a web designers help.
The trick is how to find those clients. I, instead, encourage you to think "position." How do you position yourself so that clients are finding you and want what you have to offer.
THE Best way to find web design clients
- Thanks for writing this article Jennifer.
As for finding web design clients, there are many ways to do it and I don't think the career is dead.
In fact, I believe the opposite.
Many corporate type environments are inefficient, sloppy and the world is flattening.
The talented person will be more efficiently put in a place where he or she is most useful.
This person is very much the freelancer, independent or even small team partner.
As for web designers, their role will evolve as technology and business evolves.
But right now, there are lots of businesses that need a web designers help.
The trick is how to find those clients.
I, instead, encourage you to think "position." How do you position yourself so that clients are finding you and want what you have to offer.
Pro Web Designer
- —Guest Kenn Schroder
I agree with No above
- There is no money in web design any longer. There are just TOO many people doing it, from all over the world, for much much cheaper than is humanly possible. One might say there are so many carpenters but all of them survive - true but a carpenter in new york does not have competition from a carpenter in peking that's willing to do the work at 1/10000th of the price. Besides, everybody knows that cheap carpentry = bad image for the house: but not as many know/agree that cheap looking website = bad image for the business.
- —Guest Agree with No
- Web design is a joke industry.. there is no money in web design unless you're 16 years old and are building people web sites for $80
- —Guest no
Call the cars
- ive gotten 100% of my clients in the last 2 months by calling the businesses that have advertising on their cars. I simply ask what their website is, and if they say they don't have one i pitch my web practices spiel to them and I close by setting up a time to meet in person. workin wonders for me!
- —Guest kyle
It's all about Google
- I've run a web design firm since 1999, and 90% of my clients have come as a result of them finding me on Google when they typed in "utah web design" because our website ranked #1 for that term. Today things are a bit competitive, but one way to boost your rankings is to make sure you're listed on any of the many free web design directories out there. Just do a search for "web design directory + your location" (not literally that search, I mean like "web design directory utah", but use your own state or whatever), and see what comes up. Some directories charge a monthly fee, while others are free. If they're ranking high, and appear to be of decent quality, then definitely go for the free ones. Some of the paid ones may be worth it. If you're not sure, try one out for a month or two and see what happens. A good place to find directories for web designers is http://www.declaremedia.com/complete-list/web-design/.
Low Price VS High Price
- One thing I learned, it's not how many clients you get, it's how much you make.
When I first started, I thought I should charge very little to get more clients.
Turns out, if you charge too little, your potential client will think of you as a joke.
I charge $500 per basic page with a 3 page minimum, but I tell my clients if they refer new people to me, i'll give them 5% commission and it's been working wonders for me now.
- —Guest Chen
Keep it jargon-free
- I've just started my web design business and have got a few clients. I'm not sure how things will develop but so far so good. It takes a lot of time and effort to persuade people to go to your website and make that initial contact either through the form on the website or as a response to an approach by me. I find that meeting people to be the most effective way to build your client base, but when time is limited and there's too much work, it's difficult to make time to go and meet people. So, I've been concentrating on email contact. I think the key factor, as in any relationship, is trust. If the client feels that they can trust you to do a good job without confusing them with too many technical options, then they will enjoy dealing with you. The truth is that people do actually like web design and having a website of their own built, but there's a certain amount of trepidation they might feel about talking about technical things. So I try and avoid jargon. I guess that's my approach
Ask your mommy
- I've gotten lots of clients from family members. My mom isn't afraid to brag about me to her friends and that has resulted in several jobs. Plus, even my brother has gotten me work once or twice. And thease are paying gigs, not "do it for free for my friend" jobs.
- —Guest Maos