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    Do you run your own design business?

    These questions go out to anyone who runs their own design business. I am currently almost done with design school and will be pursuing my own freelance business. My main focus is web design however I have learned all sorts of design knowledge.


    1. How did you first start your business? Small projects? One large project? Worked under another designer? Etc.

    2. What type of design work?

    3. How long did you work by yourself? Did you hire others right away?

    4. At what size is your company today?

    5. What do you look for in hired freelance help or employees?

    6. Did your company slowly grow into what it is or did it develop quickly?

    7. Any other interesting facts about your company? Notable clients? Current workload? Etc.


    Thank you in advance for anyone who is willing to participate I very much appreciate it!


    Kyle
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    I'm interested in these answers as i'm aspiring to get out of my day job for freelancing some day

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    Feel free to provide any input, you don't have to strictly follow the questions.

    Thanks!

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    I'll ask what I asked the other person who posted similar questions...design or development? I can answer development, not so much design.
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    I can realistically only answer the first 2 of your questions seeing i don't do this full time and am still in school.

    But one thing id advise you to do is do not forget that you are also starting a business. To do this correctly and in some cases legally you should learn as much as you can about business. I have gotten a lot of great advice and also some discouraging advice when i bring up this topic with others. I ultimately want to do the same as you, finish school and freelance. You will get mixed emotions when speaking to professionals in the field but one consistent piece of advice i receive is to remember that this is a business like any other. You may already know this but thought i should mention it.


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    1) Started freelancing on my own for a very low price and eventually teamed up with my friend.
    2) Any kind of web design that is responsive.
    3) Worked for myself for a few months before partnering up and starting a marketing company that revolves around a web presence (web design, etc)
    4) Two man team
    5) cant answer this one
    6) cant answer this one
    7) At this point we usually find the clients ourselves. Eventually we want the clients to be able to find us and trust us and our name
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGAME1264 View Post
    I'll ask what I asked the other person who posted similar questions...design or development? I can answer development, not so much design.
    Development is fine too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Yurlov View Post
    1) Started freelancing on my own for a very low price and eventually teamed up with my friend.
    2) Any kind of web design that is responsive.
    3) Worked for myself for a few months before partnering up and starting a marketing company that revolves around a web presence (web design, etc)
    4) Two man team
    5) cant answer this one
    6) cant answer this one
    7) At this point we usually find the clients ourselves. Eventually we want the clients to be able to find us and trust us and our name

    1. Did you start at a very low price just to get experience and clients? Did you build a portfolio out of these low price jobs?
    2. Responsive design is definitely very important these days I will also push to make all responsive layouts. Do you ever create mobile or tablet specific pages(probably depends on design)?
    7. Where do you find clients? Online? Door to door businesses?

    Thank you so much for your input!

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    1) Yes it was to get a larger portfolio
    2) No i never had to create a standalone mobile site. It was always just responsive.so only one site for many devices and monitors
    7) My first few clients were friends and family. For example my friend opened up his own shot and he needed a website. My martial arts trainer also needed a site redesign and so on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Yurlov View Post
    1) Yes it was to get a larger portfolio
    2) No i never had to create a standalone mobile site. It was always just responsive.so only one site for many devices and monitors
    7) My first few clients were friends and family. For example my friend opened up his own shot and he needed a website. My martial arts trainer also needed a site redesign and so on.
    Perfect..Thank you for your responses Andrew!

    You seem to have done exactly what I will be doing to start out. I plan on doing some local friends and family websites around town. This will build a portfolio for me to get larger clients. I also plan on doing my sites all responsive unless there is a need for a specific mobile web app etc.

    Thanks!
    Kyle


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