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Do this once you have an entire year's salary in a savings account.

Also, every other person with an Internet connection calls themselves a
"Web Designer" these days, so focus on a specific skill. Knowing PHP
and/or ASP will be enough to put you above most Frontpage jockeys.


Re: New to the community hey hi

hmmm....well i have a few months rent in the bank, i suppose i should
save up a little more before taking a risk like this.  its tempting
leaving my constant paychecked job and all.  we'll see how i feel about
it in a few months.

And yes i know php and some other web languages, my friend who i am
working with knows them a bit more, i enjoy the designing factor more.

Re: New to the community hey hi

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excellent post, saz.

I've saved it all.....will be useful for me too

many thanks

Re: New to the community hey hi

On 20 Dec 2005 06:33:16 -0800, put finger to
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There is one simple, inviolable rule: Write good websites with useful
content that are easy for humans to use and for search engines to
index. If you have a good site of your own, then that in itself will
generate you traffic and thus sell your product. Your own website
should not only be a showcase for your own skills but also have links
to client sites where people can see your work in a live environment.

As far as your specific business is concerned, a lot depends on the
details of what you do. You call it "web design" - by that, do you
mean that you're primarily a visual design outfit, or are you going to
be writing code (eg, PHP, ASP, etc) as well? Lots of people call
themselves web designers, but web authors and web programmers are
often in greater demand.

A lot of your business will come from word-of-mouth recommendations
from existing customers. But, for that to work, you need some
customers to begin with. The best place to find them is among your
existing friends and business contacts - offer to do a redesign of
their websites at low cost (or even free, as a demo product), to get
you started. A mailshot (paper mail, in the post - NOT email) to local
businesses may well be worth the initial investment. If you have a
local chamber of trade or business forum, then join it. Don't make the
mistake of thinking that, because the web is global, your customers
will be global as well - most people, even in this age, still prefer
to do business with people they can put a face and a location to.

Don't take on work from people you don't trust just because you think
you need it - a non-paying client is worse than no client at all.
That's another reason to major on word-of-mouth - not only do your
customers recommend you to their friends, but they can also vouch for
their friends to you.

I mentioned the difference earlier between designing and authoring or
programming; if you can do the latter you'll be more secure. Design is
usually a one-off project: you start it, finish it and then have no
more contact with the client. Programming and authoring can be
ongoing; if you develop a relationship with a client you can get
repeat work over several years (particularly if you're dealing with a
small company who can't afford to employ their own dedicated web

In your spare time, write websites for fun. Make sites for your
personal hobbies and interests, your family, your church, your
community, or whatever. Each of these will also be an advert for your
business as well as driving traffic to your business website. Stick
Google adverts on them and they'll help cover the lean times when
clients are hard to come by, as well! (But don't have adverts on your
primary business site; that looks unprofessional and implies that
you're desperate for the money).  

Above all, keep learning. Become a regular participant in groups like
this (but please, please PLEASE do it via a proper newsreader instead
of Google Groups), join in the discussions and offer your opinions. If
what you say makes sense, and we can point other people to your
websites as a good example of design, then you'l get recommendations
from here as well.

-- - read and share comments and opinons
"I feel these four walls closing in"

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How do i set up a proper newsletter?

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: How do i set up a proper newsletter?

Dear BB,

I would suggest, before you close your current business and go for the new
one (obviously you didn't - waitnig for HIM to move in), to start minor,
making sites and clients happy. If you (both of you) are good at it, the
business will grow. As business grows, you'll consider your options. Do not
close any doors before you open new ones.

As William said, usability is today's buzzword, especially here, and it goes
for your business as well.

What makes you certain that you would make it, do you have any knowledge,
experience, references ... or you just act based on "web design is awesome".

Re: New to the community hey hi

On 20 Dec 2005 06:33:16 -0800, ""

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Heck, there goes my monitor in a shower of tea-sprayed induced sparks!

Thanks for the laugh.


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