how can i become a self employed web developer?

by non
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i enjoy making good looking wordpress sites and wordpress ecomerce websites. so how can i make websites and sell them to clients? how can i get people to pay me to make websites?

so how would i find local businesses who need a new website or a first website?
can this all be done online or will i have to meet my client?
#developer #employed #web
  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    You are going to have to talk with people. Web conferencing/skype is OK for long distance clients.

    You are going to have to learn about marketing. That means how to identify and communicate with your target market.

    Read this:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/offline-...ml#post5727652

    You are going to have to create a sales funnel. Otherwise if you have any success with your business idea, it will remain a hobby.
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  • Profile picture of the author chungacreative
    Originally Posted by non View Post

    i enjoy making good looking wordpress sites and wordpress ecomerce websites. so how can i make websites and sell them to clients? how can i get people to pay me to make websites?

    so how would i find local businesses who need a new website or a first website?
    can this all be done online or will i have to meet my client?
    The way we got our clients in the beginning for making websites was through our warm market. This means people that we knew who were business owners that already had a below than average website or in some cases no website at all.

    We would then give them a really good deal. We knew that the whole purpose of doing web pages for our friends was to get referrals. This worked really well.

    We gave incentive to our now clients to promote our business for us by offering them maintenance on their site in return.

    Bottom line: it is really difficult to rank on google for web design because there is just so much competition. So focus on the people that know and trust you and leverage your relationship with them.

    Good luck and I hope that helps.
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    • Profile picture of the author TakenAction
      First off create a site that will promote your services as a web developer. If you have to create some sites for free (2) so you can have a portfolio. From there offer services here or invest in PPC.
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      The best thing you can do is put yourself out there.

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  • Profile picture of the author TheRealKG
    There are literally TONS of WSO's that can help you accomplish exactly what you want. Do some searching in the warrior special offers forum, find a system that sounds appealing, Buy it, and MOST importantly ACT on it.
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    • Profile picture of the author ChristianX
      WF has a lot of resources to help you. Just look around!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Martin
    No need to even buy a WSO to get started - there is so much free information on the Offline forum within itself. Dig into some information here and I'd definitely take TheRealKG's advice and look into some WSO's in the future if that's the route you want to go down. There's so much information here. It's truly a gold mine.

    If you want to make the most / client I would consider starting out locally. Small businesses. Look for businesses with no website or a website that needs to be revamped. Look into cold calling. Don't waste your time on cold e-mails unless you know what you're doing - it's easy to waste your time there. Research cold calls here on WF, figure out a script and START CALLING! Make 100 calls and I'm almost positive you will find at least one business somewhat interested in a website. Getting those first few clients is a huge obstacle as well as a huge accomplishment. You can do it!

    One goal at a time, build your business up. Don't put your eggs in one basket per say, but don't confuse yourself either. Figure out a simple plan to garner some clients and smile along the way. The amount of knowledge and experience you'll gain within capturing even your first client is huge. Learn as you go and take action!!

    Best of luck,
    Jon.
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  • Profile picture of the author jharri
    check out lynda.com - for $25/mo you can have access to dozens of html/designer courses.
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  • Profile picture of the author chrisacho
    get offline deals from around you offline, advertise on FB, Google Ads with your website as a proof and some them clients you done for listed as a portfolio, keep doing that and your earnings keep coming
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    • Profile picture of the author TakenAction
      Try offering your services on craiglist you can get 100 posts each at $2 per day! that will for sure get you some business.
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  • Profile picture of the author perfumer
    have you ever thought of selling your services to Odesk, Elance, Guru, rentacoder or any other freelance sites?
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  • Profile picture of the author Irish Intuition
    Originally Posted by non View Post

    so how would i find local businesses who need a new website or a first website? can this all be done online or will i have to meet my client?
    I have never met with a client (does not mean you shouldn't).

    Do you have a website up yet?
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  • Profile picture of the author ImDanHoward
    Word of mouth is huge, so always ask for referrals and get testimonials.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Grossman
    If you're actually a developer, building first websites for local small businesses is about the worst kind of work you could be doing.

    These clients are hard to land, don't fully understand the value of your work, want to pay you the same they pay their delivery drivers, often want free changes after the work is done, and will come complaining to you every time their web host has an issue.

    http://www.clientsfromhell.net -- this is the norm, not the exception.

    Meanwhile, software developers are averaging six figure incomes on both coasts of the country, and pulling $100-300/hour doing consulting work for mid-large businesses that understand their problems and the value you can bring solving them.

    If you really love working with WordPress for some reason, then you'd get a better ROI on your time developing your own theme and plugin products than trying to sell custom WP installs to local businesses. There are already 55 million WordPress sites out there -- that's your potential customer base.
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  • Profile picture of the author Toby Couchman
    When I started out as a freelancer I joined a local agency and did a bunch of consulting and development jobs for them. One of the clients who I was posted at took me a side and asked if I would be interested in going outside of the Agency and thus begun my business venture.

    After a short time I found a handful of good outsourcers from Elance and Odesk and became a project manager. I also added hosting to my product list by renting a VPS from a local datacenter and selling space to all my client.

    Yes they complain to me when their sites aren't working but I put them on a paid support plan where they pay me a retainer to manage their sites and handle and updates they need.

    This is a great way to get started in the business with very little costs.

    To put it into steps:

    Step 1) Take work at a local agency. They pay better than online freelancer markets.

    Step 2) Start prospecting for outsourcers. Test them for quality, competancy and performance.

    Step 3) Add extra recurring income into the mix by providing extra services like Hosting, Support/Site Maintenance, PPC, SEO etc

    Step 4) Market new services to your existing customer base

    Step 5) Start a referral program and offer incentives to you existing clients for referring customers.

    Now go out and do eeeeet!

    Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author jasontim86
    Actually, dude, the easiest way is to start networking around.

    Find Meetup groups near you - Meetup

    I don't know whether they have meet up events for your country but I started out from there. Got to know more people. Got introduced to more people. Then I join more networking events, keep a lookout at your local newspapers and business magazines.

    I'm also members of a couple business networking group. Sure they take some time out of my Internet Marketing life, but I feel it's absolutely necessary. You can make tons of money through internet, but NEVER ignore the power of your local business community, they are your strongest allies in your future World domination expansions.
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  • Profile picture of the author soniamit
    Better you try your luck in freelancer.com / odesk.com. here lots of buyer from worldwide outsource website job-works.

    you easily find Wordpress Designer or wordpress ecommerce website project.
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  • Profile picture of the author secretforce
    Originally Posted by non View Post

    i enjoy making good looking wordpress sites and wordpress ecomerce websites. so how can i make websites and sell them to clients? how can i get people to pay me to make websites?

    so how would i find local businesses who need a new website or a first website?
    can this all be done online or will i have to meet my client?
    Create your portfolio, where you will present your work and services. And then get into some design communities, and start offering / promoting your services.
    Also, you can try and bid for work on oDesk or elance and similar freelancing websites.
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