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How to Introduce Youself As A Web Designer

Discussion in 'Web Design Forum' started by mmrizmy, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. mmrizmy

    mmrizmy New Member

    hi ,
    I'm Mohammed Rizmy, having 4 experience as a freelance web designer and an architectural 3D modeler ,

    and for the past years i have learned a lot, but the main thing is as a web designer or as a 3D modeler, how can i find jobs, i have tried every possible ways,

    i have sent lots of mails for companies, to introduce a web site for their company, but i didn't get even one reply,

    and iam wondering how can we achieve this target, every freelance designer out here might be facing the same problem as i do,

    please guys share your ideas, so that would be very useful for all of us,
     
  2. aSPiRe3D

    aSPiRe3D New Member

    i can't BELIEVE no-one's been prepared to come back to you about this - is everyone REALLY that frightened of losing potential business?!?!?

    Have a heart somebody - there are plenty of fish in the sea! Even INTERNATIONALLY!!!
     
  3. ScottRiley

    ScottRiley New Member

    Phone calls and personal meetings will get you a LOT further than e-mails or other online communication.

    A good portfolio is VERY important, to show potential clients exactly what you're capable of and how versatile you are.

    I share your frustration Mohammed, it's a difficult industry to get a good start in, but if you're talented and capable you can make a good living off it.

    Try and speak to local businesses and network yourself around a bit, try and meet business people who you share interests with and who seem like OK people - the more friends you make in business the more recommendations you'll get, took me a while to work that one out!

    Try and call people who you feel might benefit from your services if you're desperate for work, but don't be aggressive and try and push yourself, explain in a very courteous manner that you're 'a highly capable freelancer looking for exciting and inspirational work' and that you feel the company could benefit from your services, always be polite but try your hardest to impress and subtly sell yourself when the opportunity arises in conversation.

    If you have a portfolio up and clients contact you, then do the same, be very polite and as impressive as possible, and convince them that they made the perfect decision contacting you, because what you offer is just PERFECT for their needs.

    Now, meeting and introducing yourself in person:

    SUIT UP! - don't worry about looking 'uptight' or 'schmoozy' - I ALWAYS meet up with clients in a nice suit and tie combination and try and look as smart as possible - if you've got any visible piercings then take them out, cover up as many tattoos as you can (it really can't hurt to do so) - now I'm not anti tatt or anti-piercing at all - I have 6 tattoos and 3 piercings, one of which is in my lip, this always gets taken out before meetings and interviews - every client I've secured hasn't had a problem with it AFTER we've agreed on a deal, but I nearly always take my lip ring out with the bigger clients, especially if they're a little older :D - wash properly, make sure your hair looks relatively smart (I have quite long hair and, if I really want to make an effort, will often straighten it and style it before meeting a client) and don't overdo the cologne, have a good, firm handshake and BE CONFIDENT - you know you're good, you know what you can do, tell the client that, through your speech and your body language, don't shrug your shoulders or slouch in the chair, captivate your listener and show them that you're as good as you know you are.

    Again, be very polite and try and impress as much as you can, without sounding desperate for work. Make sure you're clued up in your field and if you can do everything the client needs, MAKE SURE you tell them everything they need they can get from you.

    DO NOT LIE - it might seem tempting at first to try and impress clients by claiming to be able to do something you're not capable of ("Oh, jQuery?? Yep, I know it like the back of my hand!" *rushes off after signing the deal to learn jQuery in a weekend) - you WILL get in over your head and you WILL end up disappointing a client, if you can't do it, you're not right for the client, so let it pass by.

    The confidence was the worst part for me, I used to be very easily intimidated and missed some very big clients because I just didn't get my words out properly and came across as a stuttering fool - just KNOW in yourself that you're good enough to get the job done and show that to the client!

    Sorry if I got the wrong idea about what you were asking, if you're looking for the best way to get started as a freelancer then your portfolio is vital, networking with business people is important and come up with some creative ways to get your portfolio some exposure!

    If none of this information was useful, then you have my apologies, but if any of it comes in handy then we're all happy :D

    Good luck!
     
  4. FreelanceUK

    FreelanceUK Administrator

    Cracking advice, thank you ScottRiley.
     
  5. SurreyWeb

    SurreyWeb New Member

    That is good advice from Scott, nobody wants to employ, or contract someone without being confident that they are confident.

    Would just add that selling services is about meeting need and have never come across a business that as such, wanted a website. This is simply a vehicle.

    What they do want is the right image, more custom, repeat custom, increased value in their business etc. Think beyond design until you have the contract, before then you need to explain how you are going to meet their business needs.

    One part of this is often building a site that works well with search engines, even if this task may be eventually handed on to a specialist. You won't be popular if half your work has to be redone, or the site is already unsuitably indexed because you configured this badly.

    Bear in mind that most business owners spend more time monitoring their bank account than their website. If they believe you will help with that aspect as well as their image, you will be busy. So having spent time learning to build websites, take a year to learn how to make them work for business, time well invested.

    As an indication of how absent this thinking is from many designers approach, we have just completed a survey of 250 sites that claimed/believed they were penalised by Google. In reality, there were 3 penalised sites, the rest were penalising themselves.
     
  6. gavco98uk

    gavco98uk New Member

    That is the key right there! The fact is no-one actually wants a website, just like no-one wants a car. What people need though, is an effective way of getting from A to B, and the car is the best means of achieving that. The key is not to sell a website, but instead to identify a problem, and provide a solution for it. Dont tell the customer they need a website, but instead tell them the benefit they can expect to receive from having one - ie more revenue.

    As for getting started as a freelancer, I would suggest forming an alliance with people in a similar field - approach some web design companies and offer to help them out during busy periods, find some freelance programmers and offer to work alongside them - they do the coding and you do the design, there are lots of possibilities.
     
  7. c69

    c69 New Member

    If you want to be a 3D artist,
    listen to the very good advice from Scott:

    because 3D artist can ONLY be judged by their portfolio.
    but if you have a decent one - you will get hired very fast, trust me ;)
     
  8. Redgoblin

    Redgoblin New Member

    My name is James

    Hi my name is James, and I'm a freelance web-design and logo artist. I have been freelance on and off for about 2/3 years but have not made it a full time career.

    I was once a teacher in IT - doing Hardware, and Networking.

    I specialise in Joomla!, logo design, template design, CSS.

    I prefer to build a site from scratch rather than nit-pick over someone else's work, and I strongly believe that content is everything.:rollin

    I'm based in Wales, UK
     

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