A long time ago, I heard one businessman ask another, "What can I do to help you out?"
The man thought for a moment, and then said, "The best thing you can do for me is refer someone else my way."
He was probably right. Because customers value the advice of people they know, referrals are often the best leads a business can get.
Articles on improving your career as a freelancer, instructions for landing projects, and even lists of great places to go for freelance work — it’s tough not to encounter them, with a great deal of the largest design sites focusing on helping their readers and members find projects to work on.
In fact, amongst design blogs, it’s tough to find one that doesn’t cover the business side of the freelance profession.
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A freelancer, like a baker, needs a few essential tools with which they create their products and use in order to offer their services.
Instead of pots, mixing bowls, spoons and an oven, a freelancer needs software.
It’s a scenario most solo web professionals find themselves in now and then: You have the opportunity to work on a project that includes something you haven’t done before, and that something is pretty big. Maybe it’s editing video for the web, conducting user-testing, or creating a mobile web design.
Whatever it is, it seems to be a capability worth adding to your repertoire.
The web is an ocean of information, advertising and communication that is attracting more and more professionals. The web as an industry is versatile and full of interesting fields that would satisfy people of all professional backgrounds.
So your web design company is ready to roll. You’ve got happy customers and more people coming to the door every day. But where do you go from there?
This article shares a handful of strategies for growing your web design company.