So I've been searching around the net for these answers, and I tried using the search feature on this forum, but it never yields any results for me. Basically, I haven't been able to figure out the answers to the following questions. I was hoping that someone who is experienced in providing the "creating a website" service for people may be able to help me out here...
I do know how to create a customized website that doesn't look just like a standard blog. I've built 3 sites so far, and yes the one in my sig does have the "standard blog" look. However, I've recently been working on another site, which is currently not finished, but it's turning out to look really great. I've learned a ton about CSS and HTML...and I have the Thesis developer's license (which makes customization very easy). Therefore, I can easily customize a site to look anyway that I want...I'd say that my skills are at least "intermediate".
1.) My target number is $2000/month. I'm still working on building my list, building my own sites, etc. However, I believe I can achieve $2000/month faster by providing a service to people. Is $2000/month attainable for someone who doesn't really have experience building for others, but knows how to build a customized site of their own?
2.) What is the best way to get started in finding clients that will put their trust into someone with no portfolio?
3.) When creating a site for a client, how do you work the whole hosting/domain name purchasing part into the deal? Like, how to I make it so that the hosting and domain name will be under their name and not mine?
4.) How do you work out payments? For instance, do they pay me half upfront then the second half when I'm finished? How do I know I will get the second half?
That's pretty much all I've got...any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!