The world of freelance web design is a highly competitive market. With so many talented individuals out there it can be difficult to make a name for yourself.

Below are five tips that should help any keen freelance web designers.

1. The freebie

In the beginning you may have to offer your services for free or volunteer to be a part of certain projects. This will get your foot in the door which will get your work recognised. It also means that you can start to build out your portfolio. Some smaller businesses as well as freelancers from other industries, such as photographers for example, may not have the budget for a new site so these are the perfect people to contact.

2. Networking

The only way to get your name out there is to network and do a lot of it. It’s that simple. Work is not going to magically land in your lap, you need to go out and get it. There are hundreds of networking groups and seminars happening up and down the country so find one local to you and go along. Make sure you have a pitch prepared about who you are and the services you can offer as well as a few business cards.

3. Personal site

Before you think about designing a website for anyone else make sure that you have one yourself. It needs to look professional as well as showcase all your work so you can link your portfolio into it. The content has to be engaging, relevant and informative. Make sure there is a clear contact form which links to all your services and useful information that prospective clients will need.

4. Templates and themes

HTML templates is the best way to create great looking websites quickly with a professional feel to them. You don’t want to spend hours and hours coding when you could be using that time to network and source new business. At Blockety HTML Templates there are plenty HTML blocks you can use that will enable you to customise your site to the design and specification of the client.

5. Self teach

Digital marketing is changing every day and there is always something new to learn. You need to be able to keep up-to-date with these latest trends so that your clients always get the best possible service. There are plenty of blogs and resources to use and if you can sign up to an RSS feed this is a brilliant way to always get the latest news.

If you’re starting a freelance web design business and want to utilise the latest HTML templates then check out our great range of themes at Blockety HTML Templates.

About the author

Jack O’Donoghue is a web designer and the creator of Blockety HTML website templates. He’s designed styleguides and websites for well known brands including HSBC, Vodafone, Samsung, IBM and Aviva.

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