Once you know that you have the skills you need to do web design and website development, you should begin to design and make your own website for your company. This site must be perfect, because it will be one of the first things that potential clients see when they visit your company, and they will more than likely form their first impressions of your work based on this website. A simple effective design is a good starting point, because it will showcase your skills without alienating potential customers. Make sure that it is attractive and user-friendly.
Once you have created an attractive looking, functional website, it is a good idea to increase your portfolio. You may want to start by doing some website development work for friends, relatives or colleagues at a special reduced rate in order to drum up business, and to start building your company in a positive, friendly environment. If you do a good job for them, they will be quick to recommend you to their associates. Most people who you do website development work for will be happy to let you display your work as part of your website portfolio, because this can actually help them to generate traffic for their website as well.
The beauty of working in website development is that you can do it practically anywhere that you have access to a computer and the internet, so you can work from home and work the hours that you want, as long as you are able to keep to the deadlines which are set by your customers. This makes it an appealing career for those who like to move around a lot. Although it may be slightly more difficult to drum up business when you have no professional space to physically meet with your clients, many customers are happy to discuss their needs via email, or over Skype since you are actually discussing a web-based medium.
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