|Youngest redundant Webmaster in the world!|
I want some work, where do I get it?
Does anyone have any ideas where to get any work, and while im at it, is my work so far good enough, bearing in mind that I just wanna make websites and do NO maintanance at all. Oh and I wouldn't mind getting paid.
Previous work is at [indigojam.com...]
ANY comments welcome :) (i know im going to regret that)
OK, here goes with just a little, kaos.
You've got a sense of color usage and balance as well as proportion, and it looks like you've got your basic HTML tackled. Your pages certainly load quickly enough.
What you've got, basically, is personal homepages. If you want to do more of those, volunteering to do a couple of small ones for relatives, friends, etc., will get a little word-of-mouth publicity going, and get you a few links back to your business site.
OK..business site - you'll have to have a little more of one, indicating that you are offering services. Put one together, even if it's just in that directory. To get some business accounts, again, see if you can get some word-of-mouth exposure, and let it be known that your services are available.
Some people recommend doing a few pro bono (free) sites for local non-profit organizations to get some exposure. This does work for some people.
Getting a few more sites, with a bit of variety, into your portfolio, would probably show versatility and help build up the business site.
That's about it. I understand about maintaining, it's not exactly my favorite thing either. :)
>ANY comments welcome :) (i know im going to regret that)
Get more experience ;)
Learn to use CSS, get rid of frames but most importantly practice, practice, practice.
Your pages are just the standard sort of stuff I see all the time, this is'nt a bad thing as everyone starts off this way but I really think its a little early to be calling yourself a 'professional web designer' .
Like Marcia said try and do varied work for free, try to understand the code you are using etc.
I'd advise you to go to your local small business association (usually a chamber of commerce here in the US) and offer to help small businesses get on the web for free. Leave a brochure or flyer for them to copy and distribute. You'll get some first-rate experiences from this (good and bad), and be sharpening your skills while building your portfolio. The odds are that you will not be working for free for very long.
You said comments welcome so..
Frames - you use frames a lot, try to use them less :-)
Browsers - Looking at your site in Opera (not to check by the way, I just happen to be using it) there are a few oddities that I suspect may be because you havent thoroughly checked it in different browsers.
Apart from that I would only add practice makes perfect :-)
I agree with what everyone has said. Most of my knowledge has come from trial and error and patience! I have hooked up with a local web hosting company, that really does not want to do design work, so I do it for them. So far this has worked out well. Word of mouth and internet "advertising" is how I am trying to get the word out. Good luck