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  1. #1
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    Can anyone help me out in acquiring new clients? The only thing I could think of is using sites like elance.com, getafreelancer.com, rentacoder.com. But then, they are way too little amount for the work you need to do and they are flooded with Indians. Any ideas?

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    Hi edniso,

    What are your skillsets? Are you a programmer or a designer or both? Do you already have your own website to advertise your abilities in your local area?

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    Develop a unique selling proposition, and perhaps a couple of specialist styles (Which are not bandwagon generic web 2.0). Also target particular clients and businesses.

    Then promote your skills, not until.

    The real problem is web design is currently a generic jack-of-all-trades business. These people construct web sites -- clients aren't buying web sites.

    Clients want a functioning web business. And most people are still selling layouts, in the futile assumption one layout is pretty much as good as any other when it comes to generating results.

    Graphic Art has yet to become visual merchandising. What's the difference, the elements of visual merchandising are tested and based on previous test factors that produce increased sales. Graphic art works under the assumption graphics are untestable, and whatever the designer likes must automagically produce sales.

    Web Design has yet to become web business design. This is why there is almost a firewall against web designers doing copywriting or visual merchandising. Anything that could be testable or produce results (with the odd exception of SEO) is shunned. And SEO is mostly concerned with driving traffic, the most generic raw "hit counter" measure out there.

    It's going to be tough going, until you position yourself against the thundering hoard of anyone who can code or shoehorn a stock photo into a template.

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    Great suggestions. This is why I love forums. Definitely, I know I need to improve my skills to get the business going and so. I already have a website. The problem I think is that like DC856 said, it's becoming a generic business. And it is so saturated with people offering way too little pricing. Then again, there are top tier companies asking for a lot of money like Logo works where they charge $1500 for 5 html pages. I won't mind paying to know why would people choose a person who charges more. I guess it's all about sales huh?

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    I was doing some research and found these two sites: freedesignquotes.com and killersites.com. Anyone tried purchasing leads? I was wondering if they are relaible options of getting new clients.


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