My bussiness sinking-need help

by Moik
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I am the owner of small web design firm, and during this crisis seems that after two month if nothing will gonna change for good I will close my business.
I can say, that I have designe firm in latvia and we were making orders from latvias market.
How can I make global business to make living, to not close my firm, what to do, where to look???
#bussiness #crisis #sinkingneed
  • Profile picture of the author Money Maker
    Ask your visitors what they want.

    As you noice on Facebook and other socian networking
    sites, they offer creation of the components so
    visitors can share what they create and use it.

    They definitely know what they want,
    and you can find it on other social networks -

    the successful one.
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    • Profile picture of the author Moik
      If someone checked out our portfolio, can you tell me what you think about it, is it good job or no??? I mean, designe and programming
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  • Profile picture of the author sridhar
    URL of your portfolio site?
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    • Profile picture of the author Moik
      Originally Posted by sridhar View Post

      URL of your portfolio site?
      The url is here Just open the portfolio page. There is no english options
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      • Profile picture of the author PatrickM
        Hi Moik,

        I looked at your site and portfolio, and you do very nice work.
        Have you ever thought about maybe putting together a few
        different packages for like squeeze page templates, and some
        standard website templates?

        You could sell the website templates via SitePoint Marketplace,
        and maybe do a JV with a few marketers here on the squeeze
        page templates.

        I know that's a little off what you are looking for, but thought
        it might give you some ideas for producing some cash to help
        you out a bit.

        Just a thought,
        Patrick
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        • Profile picture of the author Moik
          Originally Posted by PatrickM View Post

          Hi Moik,

          I looked at your site and portfolio, and you do very nice work.
          Have you ever thought about maybe putting together a few
          different packages for like squeeze page templates, and some
          standard website templates?

          You could sell the website templates via SitePoint Marketplace,
          and maybe do a JV with a few marketers here on the squeeze
          page templates.

          I know that's a little off what you are looking for, but thought
          it might give you some ideas for producing some cash to help
          you out a bit.

          Just a thought,
          Patrick
          Patrick! Thanks a lot, I apriciciate for your help!
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          • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
            specialize...
            You need to do something that sets you apart from other web designers.
            you also need to expand your reach. Don't just advertise to local businesses, advertise everywhere you can.

            Be very visible. Join several forums..not just this one. Put up a profile in Facebook, join Twitter, create a Squidoo lens.

            good luck!
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            • Profile picture of the author Moik
              Originally Posted by Karen Blundell View Post

              specialize...
              You need to do something that sets you apart from other web designers.
              you also need to expand your reach. Don't just advertise to local businesses, advertise everywhere you can.

              Be very visible. Join several forums..not just this one. Put up a profile in Facebook, join Twitter, create a Squidoo lens.

              good luck!
              And this was good advice as well! Thank you!
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              • Profile picture of the author TimCastleman
                Moik -

                Why not go back to your current and past customers and resell them. Ask them to upgrade their current page or service or at least give you the names of two people just like them that might need your services.

                In addition you need to get out and get more business coming in. Join local groups, hand out your business cards to everyone. Pretend your house is on fire (because it is) and scream at the top of your lungs that you need someone to put them out (customers).

                Also if possible stop looking just local, go national or international.

                Tim
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                • Profile picture of the author Moik
                  It's really pleasant that in this forum has so nice people as those who already share with advices.
                  I will be glad to here some new ideas, I hope this article will help for someone who is in the same situation.
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  • Profile picture of the author GoGetta
    Where there are businesses locally there is business. You just need to work harder to find it!

    Are you prospecting daily?? Using the phone, email???

    Are you advertsing your services where businesses are looking???

    I am busier than I have ever been during this economic crisis. Businesses are in need of help, so find them and supply it!

    If that means working harder and cold calling or emailing, do it! You will get business, trust me!

    HTH

    GoGetta
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    • Profile picture of the author Moik
      Originally Posted by GoGetta View Post

      Where there are businesses locally there is business. You just need to work harder to find it!

      Are you prospecting daily?? Using the phone, email???

      Are you advertsing your services where businesses are looking???

      I am busier than I have ever been during this economic crisis. Businesses are in need of help, so find them and supply it!

      If that means working harder and cold calling or emailing, do it! You will get business, trust me!

      HTH

      GoGetta
      Yes you are right, but in our case, we can get customers, but problem is that they will not pay, at the moment customers are not able to pay, as Arthurs said in Latvia the crisis just begined and its going to be worst, I can say that latvia is not fahr away from Iceland, in euroupe I think we are fighting for last two places as the worst economic situation in our country.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarQueteer
    And don't forget to put your business URL in your forum signatures!

    User CP -> Settings & Options -> Edit Signature

    It won't do wonders, but if someone likes your portfolio (and it's pretty impressive in my opinion), you may find some work here or on other forums as well, e.g. landing pages for PPC, customized blog templates, etc. Sure, it's not comparable to big projects, but better than nothing. You may also offer your services here:
    Warriors For Hire - Programmers, Website Designers, Graphic Artists
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  • Profile picture of the author sevenish
    Moik,

    Can you offer services to web strategy & design companies in the US?

    Because of the non-competitive prices here for production, many companies of all sizes are using offshore teams to build, while the main design & strategy is done here. I've worked with production teams from Viet Nam, India, Columbia and the Ukraine because their prices are competitive and affords the company wider profit margin. I live and work in NYC, but most are doing less and less production & building onshore now.

    If this seems like something you'd like to try, I'd advise that you get onto some networking sites such as LinkedIn and build some connections, join some relevant groups, etc.

    Best of luck to you. I know things are hard right now.

    Let me know if I can help you with a LinkedIn network.

    Edit: I just got my sister into LinkedIn and she's already made some very promising connections doing some joint ventures in her own industry.
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    • Profile picture of the author Myles Sinclair
      I don't think anyone has mentioned this yet, but you should consider offering an english translated version of your site in addition to Latvian. This will enable you to compete on a level playing field if going for a global market. The language of commerce is english!

      Hope this helps.
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      • Profile picture of the author Moik
        All of you!
        You are amazing, I did not expect so many advices as I received! That makes me feel better and I will try to use all of options mentioned above.
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  • Profile picture of the author GoGetta
    Moik,

    Have you also looked into places like Guru.com, Elance etc.

    You could pick up work worldwide there and hopefully pick up repeat customers. I picked up my outsourcer there and have since sent loads of repeat work his way! This may be an option!

    HTH

    GoGetta
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