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    Senior Member MrTeapot's Avatar
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    Hello!

    Those of the people on this forum who have their own business: how's it going?
    Can you live on what you earn from your web designing?

    Just wondering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrTeapot, post: 236704
    Hello!
    Can you live on what you earn from your web designing?

    Just wondering.
    Not yet - but my horse can...
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    Yup, with the economy the way it is here in the states, many businesses are looking very closely at what they were doing to determine if they are getting their money's worth or trying to determine if they are doing everything they can to leverage technology to their advantage.

    Many are bringing home offshore projects for cost reasons, others are re-focusing their efforts on the web sites as opposed to throwing massive amounts of money at other marketing mediums...

    For my target client base, this seems to be the trend.

    My client base is very particular though, it's taken years of relationship building, I don't cold call, all of my current clients are referrals for other clients... I've only had 3 clients in the past 2 years that had no site and needed everything...

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    What Webzarus said. I'm busy, I live, and I have a small but demanding base.
    If I've helped you out in any way, please pay it forward. My wife and I are walking for Autism Speaks. Please donate, and thanks.

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    Senior Member MrTeapot's Avatar
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    Btw, do you charge your previous clients with a small yearly sum or is it a one-time paymet?
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    I do turn-key projects... But my typical client is an ongoing business relationship... From the beginning, we determine what is best for their business, and a contract is signed and approved by both parties...

    Most of my turn key projects also provide for training and support of some kind...

    Since I offer more than just "web stuff", many of my design clients were actually network support clients, server support, or wireless support clients first... Then you have the conversation " hey, we're thinking of redoing our web site, do you know anybody ? " ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrTeapot, post: 236785
    Btw, do you charge your previous clients with a small yearly sum or is it a one-time paymet?
    Neither...monthly billing based on work I did the previous month. I have a timekeeper app and a bill generator that I built myself.
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    Senior Member Webzarus's Avatar
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    I do have clients that I supply everything to, I bill yearly for email, web hosting, support contracts, etc... Any work done is invoiced at our agreed contract rate.

    I have several clients that I provide multiple services to, they are billed based on type of work done the month following the work.

    The only thing my clients are required to pay up front for is web hosting and email hosting ( all services acquired through my reseller account), They are billed directly from that so they know what they are paying for it...


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