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Going Freelance
Freelance Web Development
wiredwizard

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Msg#: 3544090 posted 4:00 pm on Jan 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

Ok I'm making a move to a larger market then the one I'm in now to be closer to family. instead of finding another employer in the New Market I thought this might be a good time to try a completely freelance carear. Any advise?

 

Knoopss

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3544090 posted 4:15 am on Jan 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

set realistic goals and work with passion and brain to achieve them.

... and think twice before quitting the "old job."

henry0

WebmasterWorld Senior Member henry0 us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3544090 posted 1:15 pm on Jan 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

Working hard, Goals etc.. is almost pointless
Don't read me wrong
Those points are important
However if you do not have a sound marketing plan, target defined, are you going full circle or do you aim at a specialization?
Do you have clients ready to embark with you on your new venture?
Do you have about 1 year in $ reserve?

Sounds tough but it's the cold reality :)

BananaFish

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3544090 posted 12:16 am on Jan 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Unless you already have contacts with legitimate clients, work at a larger firm that does. Otherwise starting from the ground up, you'll more than likely end up serving the bottom of the market, problem clients and cheapskates.

dukelips

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3544090 posted 5:35 pm on Jan 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

get ur profile ready with a good designed website.

Subscribe to free lancing websites. At the begining it will be very difficult, but it takes time for Sun to shine

dbdev

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3544090 posted 6:49 pm on Jan 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

there are 5 elements to website marketing.

the "web designer" is just one component of a website marketing strategy...

usability, graphics, copy and seo are the other 4.

webmasters make $x.xx / hour

a website marketing consultant makes $#*$!.xx / hour

develop strong partnerships with other companies that specialize in their subject...

there is NO 1 person that is all of the following:

a)the BEST web designer
b)a usability consultant
c)a graphics expert
d)a linguistic copy writing master
e)an seo specialist

people/companies that profess to be all of the above are full of ****

my clients pay $3k to $7k on average for a "website"...

my role is the consultant and project manager...

success in this business is about building a strong portfolio with a foundation based on trust which comes with proven results...

i LOVE being a consultant... i LIKE designing websites...

bottom line is don't do anything that your not an EXPERT at... it will show.

wiredwizard

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3544090 posted 10:54 pm on Jan 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

debdev hit the nail right on the head.

being primarly a programmer, I would have to say that my most successfull freelance gigs have been through design firms that didn't have the resources to handle backend development, (luckly I have keep good relations with thoes firms) Having good contacts in the industry gives me the time to program. Which is the part I like.

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