Planning to start web design company

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Hi,

I' am a web designer since year 2002.
So now i have a plan to start web design company.

But i don't like to have a staff, i can work alone. i don't hope to do hundreds of websites per month as doing this alone.

I have few major problems.
  1. How can i find clients?
  2. If clients found, How to communicate with them without miscommunication because i' am poor in marketing field. so i' am hard to attract people by communicating with them over the phone?
  3. what is the best method to grow my web design business online?
Also i registered a domain name for my future web design company, its still under construction, so i placed this domain for sale message until creating the company website. because i' am also doing domain name business.


My domain is Web O Desk dot Com


Company Name will be Web Desk or something.


If anyone can help me to do this business on a better way, please email me: udaya[AT]onlanka [DOT] net


If anyone like to get my service on web design projects for a long time with better payment. i like to do the job.


Thank you for taking time to read my post
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  • Profile picture of the author strangerstudios
    Udaya, congrats on starting your business.

    I've been running my own web design and development business for 6 years now. In my experience, the best way to get clients is through word of mouth and through people seeing your work in the wild and saying "I wonder who made this website".

    This is great for people like me who have dozens of happy clients and dozens of sites in the wild. However, it's hard getting started.

    If you don't have a portfolio of sites... especially sites that are out int he wild, you need to build it. You can either (1) work on internal projects or (2) work for other pro bono (free) or at insanely cheap prices.

    If you do (2) try to get the best clients you can. Make it apparent that you think you are worth more and you are giving them a discount to take a chance on you. Try to get a client who is going to have a successful or high profile site... or someone who will promote your work to others (everyone says this, but use your own judgement).

    Rinse and repeat. Always try to have better (higher paying) clients. Don't get stuck in a rut. Reach out of your comfort zone sometimes, but focusing on a niche is important too. Being the "fitness instructor website guy" instead of the "website guy" will help potential clients feel better about you and allow you to charge more.

    Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author FlashMatrix
    get a salesperson on comission only. That is what I used to do when I first started, even if you can close 2 jobs a week, that is a good income for the salesperson and you.
    Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sitestomp
    I've been doing design for like 5 years now. My business mainly comes from word of mouth these days.

    If you do a good job and treat your clients with respect, they will recommend you to their friends and peers.

    My advice for being a succesful designer is this: be good at what you do, and treat your clients with respect.
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    • Profile picture of the author michellea76
      Originally Posted by Sitestomp View Post

      I've been doing design for like 5 years now. My business mainly comes from word of mouth these days.

      If you do a good job and treat your clients with respect, they will recommend you to their friends and peers.

      My advice for being a succesful designer is this: be good at what you do, and treat your clients with respect.
      I would have to agree. You have to build a wide and strong network that will spread the word about your work. Word of mouth is still an effective marketing strategy because it usually comes from a trusted resource.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brandon Tanner
    Originally Posted by onlanka View Post


    My domain is Web O Desk dot Com
    You might want to contact Odesk.com before you settle on that domain, as you may have a trademark issue there. Your domain may or may not be OK with them, but it would be far better to find out now than to get hit with a potential trademark infringement lawsuit later.
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  • Profile picture of the author robertflicks
    Originally Posted by onlanka View Post

    Hi,

    I' am a web designer since year 2002.
    So now i have a plan to start web design company.

    But i don't like to have a staff, i can work alone. i don't hope to do hundreds of websites per month as doing this alone.

    I have few major problems.
    1. How can i find clients?
    2. If clients found, How to communicate with them without miscommunication because i' am poor in marketing field. so i' am hard to attract people by communicating with them over the phone?
    3. what is the best method to grow my web design business online?
    Also i registered a domain name for my future web design company, its still under construction, so i placed this domain for sale message until creating the company website. because i' am also doing domain name business.


    My domain is Web O Desk dot Com


    Company Name will be Web Desk or something.


    If anyone can help me to do this business on a better way, please email me: udaya[AT]onlanka [DOT] net


    If anyone like to get my service on web design projects for a long time with better payment. i like to do the job.


    Thank you for taking time to read my post
    It was really very nice that you are planning to open an web designing company of your own. So, first of all congrats. The domain name and the company name you selected were such very nice. Go ahead and lead your business the best. An business get success if he could have a team of efficient staff so select and hire the best and efficient web designer.
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  • Non one is capable of every field in business. First you can identify what you can do and what you cant do. Then outsource the things you cant do. Then you can use facebook adverts to promote your service. But remember, customer trust and service is highly regarded. So make the first impression a better one. Good Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author vogancotner
    Getting a web design company is not as easy as people may think about it. You need to comprehend market situation if you want to become effective in this company. Get some idea of the existing industry and start your business.
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  • Profile picture of the author rising_sun
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    You can work locally,for this you have to arrange a viva for involving right person here .you have another option ,that is give post to a good freelancer site like freelancer.com or odesk.com ,you can choose right person from the applicants according to there portfolio.More ove you have experience so it is not impossible for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author redexclub
    hey, linkedin could be a great source for you to find new clients!!
    and are you trying freelance marketplace like odesk, elance etc?
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  • Profile picture of the author ipgreenhouse
    I agree with redexclub. Sites like LinkedIn, Elance, Vworker, Getafreelancer, even odesk are all great resources. Of course, there exists the catch-22... it's difficult to get clients if you don't already have positive feedback on those sites. The two things that really help in getting freelance jobs on sites like these - having a great portfolio, and written communication (not necessarily phone skills).
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  • Profile picture of the author Devid1
    Please don't try to get a duplicate company name.Try something new.Marketing is the key to success of any business.
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  • Profile picture of the author situ08
    I am running my own web design company from last 1 year. In starting, It takes me 3 months to get my 1st client. But after that I am getting clients on regular intervals. Keep patience as it will take time to set it well. And Good luck.
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