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    Hello I have my print portfolio done that I need in order to start doing some small projects. Can you please point me in the direction on how to get about to asking small local shops if they need a website, what I should take with me, how to ask, what paperwork should I have,and anything else you think I should know about.

    I really want to get more of a proffesional feel since I am a Junior and already half way done with school leaving me less then a year to start applying for colleges as a senior.

    I dont know If I even made sense so please ask me anything to clear up my question.

    Thank you


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    First of all, if you're a high school kid (I'm assuming that's what you mean by a Junior since you mentioned colleges), you're already behind the 8-ball. People don't want a kid unless they can hire the kid cheap to do low-grade grunt work. It's somewhat sad, but it's also true.

    Second, why would you have a print portfolio made for web design projects? If it's web design, people would want to see your portfolio online, as in on your website, as in on your dotcom that you should register five minutes ago if you haven't already.

    Third, you probably won't get very far approaching local shops asking them if they need a website. It will show that you haven't done much homework. If they have a website, they'll expect you to know that and how to improve upon it. If they don't have a website, you'll have to convince them as to how the website can help them in their line of work, not ask them whether or not they need one.

    What I'd suggest you do is get in with a small web design company, or better yet an ad agency that doesn't have much of an online presence, as a developer/designer. Build sites that way. Grow your portfolio. Then put it online and target the local search market.

    That's about all the useful advice you're going to get from people on here. You have to remember that you're asking people who are potentially your competitors how you can potentially acquire their business. Not gonna happen, in all likelihood.
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