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  • # April 5, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Hi all,

    I know the whole “just make websites” mantra and that’s what I’m doing, but I am really stuck on what to do next. Basically, I’ve run out of friends who have businesses that need websites. And I’ve run out of friends of friends, etc.

    I’ve checked out elance, but it seems like the people on there want a site for super cheap. I’ve looked at craigslist and tried for some things, but no response.

    How do I keep the momentum going?

    Scott

    # April 5, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Try building something that solves a problem that you have. It means you won’t stop working on it half way through because you’ve found something shiny to distract you.

    Other than that, kick up the networking a notch and make all of your friends and family aware that you’re taking on work, it definitely helps (even if it’s just in the back of their minds).

    # April 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Start a new website that finds us all jobs. ALL THE JOBS, @ERISTIC, ALL THE JOBS RIGHT NOW!

    Oh, but seriously, have you considered designing a shit ton of WordPress themes and selling them on ThemeForest? I’m in the process of doing just that.

    Best,
    Tanner

    # April 6, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Thanks @tannercampbell and @TheDoc, those are both really good suggestions! I’ll look into selling themes on ThemeForest. And also push my networking a little harder.

    # April 6, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Are you looking to add to your portfolio and improve or get paid as well?

    You could find charities to work with.

    # April 6, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions, all! This, in the very least, gives me many tasks to keep me busy.

    # April 7, 2013 at 4:19 am

    Contact local design agencies and enquire about any work overflow and offer to do the first for very little / free to prove yourself.
    I did two jobs for next to nothing for a design agency (one rather large intranet design) afew years ago and now I run their creative department.

    # April 7, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    With respect, I disagree with the above. There are better ways than selling yourself short.

    # April 7, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I’m with @chrisburton – guys, the more free crap we do for people, the less seriously people will take front end developers and web designers.

    # April 8, 2013 at 3:27 am

    well, it worked for me. I personally don’t think there is anything wrong with doing an initial job for less to show your abilities.

    # April 8, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Well i agree with @Bing try to work with some local agency. Build up a nice portfolio that will do the thing ;)

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