Need ideas to help sell web design fast

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Hi. I am a web designer that is struggling to find new clients. I have great prices and my clients love my work. I have been doing mostly referral work for the past few years but I need to bring in more business to pay the bills. My prices are usually in the $500.00 - $1000.00 range for a wordpress website. My clients are mostly local small businesses.

I do not have much experience with SEO so I do not really want to market that. I build great looking responsive websites. I am trying to learn more SEO so that I can offer that as a service but for now I need web design work in the next 1 to 2 weeks to pay bills unless you know of an easy to learn service I can do for SEO. I am willing to do the work to learn more about SEO but for now I just need the web design clients.

I have been reading through posts and watching videos online but I was hoping to get some ideas from some of you that may have ideas of how to get some fast clients. I want to do it online as I have tried cold calling and it did not really work that well. I would appreciate any help or advice you may have. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Laksh
    See if these can help you in anyway. I did not try everything though.

    Try to create a forum thread & offer discount prices for initial clients.
    Create a FB Page & sell/advertise there.
    Try to check Craigslist for any job/gig requests & reach out to them.
    Join FB groups specific to VAs & offer your services there. (who are Jst getting started may also need websites yet times)
    Help any influencer with their site re-designing.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheTwoPointZero
    Thank you for the ideas. I will look into these ideas and see what I may be able to try. What are VAs?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Try to create a forum thread & offer discount prices for initial clients.

    That would be a paid ad thread on this forum...just sayin...
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    Are you answering ads on freelancer and other 'gig sites' where buyers may be looking for your skill set?
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  • Profile picture of the author TheTwoPointZero
    Oh ok thanks. I will look into the freelancer thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author DABK
    How are you/ positioning yourself?



    Who is your ideal client?


    If it's small businesses like I understand the term, participate in chamber of commerce meetings, make friends, go to networking.


    Also, look for companies that advertise online but do not have a website that does them much good (I'd skip the ones that have no website as they would be hard to convince them they need one.).


    Pick a business type, go to Linkedin, find that type of businesses, find the owner, send message, make friends.


    If you knew SEO, you could get yourself at the top of search terms locally for what you sell.



    Originally Posted by TheTwoPointZero View Post

    Hi. I am a web designer that is struggling to find new clients. I have great prices and my clients love my work. I have been doing mostly referral work for the past few years but I need to bring in more business to pay the bills. My prices are usually in the $500.00 - $1000.00 range for a wordpress website. My clients are mostly local small businesses.

    I do not have much experience with SEO so I do not really want to market that. I build great looking responsive websites. I am trying to learn more SEO so that I can offer that as a service but for now I need web design work in the next 1 to 2 weeks to pay bills unless you know of an easy to learn service I can do for SEO. I am willing to do the work to learn more about SEO but for now I just need the web design clients.

    I have been reading through posts and watching videos online but I was hoping to get some ideas from some of you that may have ideas of how to get some fast clients. I want to do it online as I have tried cold calling and it did not really work that well. I would appreciate any help or advice you may have. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author ewenmack
    This thread may help
    as it got a lot of rave responses...

    https://www.warriorforum.com/offline...5k-2-days.html
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  • Profile picture of the author TheTwoPointZero
    Thanks for the information
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  • Profile picture of the author marypatriciaus
    i will suggest you to enhance your services may be more helpful for people like;
    Sell the utility of a website
    Be authentic
    Teach your clients what you can,
    Send emails to local businesses to introduce you
    and at the end you should also offer more than web design such as;
    Social media profile creation
    Website management and hosting
    Website customer service
    Internet marketing services
    Graphic design
    SAAS consulting
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  • Profile picture of the author GarthWaters
    Nice suggestions.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheTwoPointZero
    Thank you for the information. I will look into the ideas you gave me.
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  • Profile picture of the author cheese1688
    Maybe best would be to sell your service locally? I mean, I am sure in your country there are some local marketing forums, try to post your ads there. I am from small country and we have big forum in our local language, so to be seen there is pretty easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheTwoPointZero
    Thank you. I am trying out some ideas I got from the forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author savidge4
    I have used Ewenmack's ad in the past. It is effective... it does work but I found it not to be consistent over time. If you need work tomorrow.. it should actually do the trick.

    However, getting work is an ongoing process. Once you get in the pattern of not worrying about tomorrows bills, because you have the next 3 month or the next years bills in the bank.. life just becomes easier. and the Path to getting there, is having the ability to consistently get work.

    As a single person operation you ideally want 3 projects at once in varying degrees of complete. you want one just onboarded. Getting clients details and photos and what have you you in prep of getting started. You want one that is in the actual build stage, and then you want one that is just at the point of handing over the keys if you will.

    In theory with 8 hour work days and 2 hours a day spent on "getting work" you should be able to pump thru a $500 to $1000 wordpress site is something like 30 hours max.. meaning you should be able to get through 4 to 5 sites a month with out to much hassle.

    There are without question methods to streamline this process and get the work done faster but that's for a whole other post - that I am sure I have written somewhere on here at least once and probably more like 3 or 4 times.

    But to answer the dilemma at hand. try reading this: https://www.warriorforum.com/offline...l#post11391912

    I have staff so my work load requirements are obviously greater than yours. you need to go out on a Saturday mid morning and land 1 job a week, and you would probably be on your way to a better financial outlook.

    Some things have changed since that post. it now generally takes 2 days for the ok to come back and your new listing to come back live on Google maps. In the app you will actually get a notification that your addition has been added.

    If you were to read this, and then go out say Monday and try this in theory you could do a return visit say on Friday and possibly have your first close. I have found it really is the easiest and quickest way to see results without all of the hassle of "Selling".

    Hope that Helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author TheTwoPointZero
    Thank you for the information. You keep giving me so much great information to add to my list of things to try. I am so glad that I posted here on the forum. That post you linked to has great information too. I would not have thought of trying that.

    I need to get more comfortable with cold calling either on the phone or by walking into the business. I do not really like the selling part of the business. Which is weird because once the client emails me or calls me I am really good at selling my services to them. It is that initial cold contact that I do not like doing on there.

    I have thought many times about trying to partner with someone that refers the clients to me basically tells them my prices and has them email me then I pay that person the commission for the referral. I would be more than happy to pay a big referral fee to people to do that. It is not that I do not want to do the work. I just know what I am good at and I would rather spend the extra time building more websites to make up for paying the referral fee than spending that time trying to find people to sell to. I know I need to work on that though.

    With the ideas you have given me here and on my different posts I am very motivated to work on it. I have been working longer hours the last few days and I am having fun with it. I really am glad to get that motivation and the information from you and the different people that have posted here on the forum. Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author WAHMS
    Have you considered Fiverr and Upwork?
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  • Profile picture of the author TheTwoPointZero
    Thank you. I have looked into that.
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  • Profile picture of the author animal44
    The fastest way to get new clients is an endorsement from someone they already trust.

    Do you have an Accountant (if not, why not?). Does he have a list of clients that might want your services? Sell him on 1. The benefit to his clients, 2. The benefit to him, of offering some sort of deal to his customer list. (I prefer bonuses to discounts)

    How about existing clients. Do any of them have a customer list that might want your services? e.g. Printers, Secretarial Services, Commercial Lawyers, Office Supplies, Serviced Offices, SEOs, Copywriters... and plenty more if you think about it.

    Even non clients in those categories. Can you offer a freebie giveaway for their customers that's branded with your contact details? e.g. turn Ewan's Ad into a giveaway report...

    Do one of these type deals a month and you'll be busier than a busy thing...
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  • Profile picture of the author TheTwoPointZero
    Thank you for the information. I like the idea of trying to get people I have built websited for to let me offer my services to people they work with. I will work on trying that on there.
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  • Profile picture of the author deu12000
    If you're in a rut try to upsell your current customers, offer some new services that can help them or a re-design if their site is more than a few years old. There are tons of easy services that you can offer that don't require a lot of time or skill on your end.

    Examples:
    Claim their Google Business listing and optimize their profile
    Review management system
    Creating social media accounts
    Social media management
    Business cards, letterheads, envelopes (could just be the design portion or even find a wholesale printer)

    If you don't offer a service, find someone that does and partner up with them for that service.

    While you have them on the phone, offer them a referral fee for anyone that they refer and gets work done with you.

    You can also advertise your services online and buy leads. For PPC just know that web design keywords are usually fairly expensive, find keyword combinations that are within your budget. If buying leads read reviews of the company you are dealing with to make sure the lead quality is decent.
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  • Thank you for the information. I have been emailing people I did work for in the past and ask them if they need more work done and that has brought in a few projects for me. I will work on the list of tips you had there and try some of it like the google my business listing work on there.
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