College Experience Freelancing

5 Ways a College Student can Find Web Design Work without Any Experience

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When you’re in college, money is scarce, and for the most part, you are on your own.  Being in college is an experience unlike any other social learning experience.  College is the start of your life and career.  If you are great with web design, it can be perfect way to earn money in your spare time, even if you do not have prior experience.  Here are five ways you can find freelance work as a web designer without having experience.

1. Create a Website

You may not have prior experience with web design, but creating your personal website is one way to establish expertise and showcase your work.  Creating a personal website is an inexpensive and perfect way to land clients.  The website does not have to be flashy and fancy, but it does need to be professional.  The website needs to include contact information, such as your phone number and email address.  Other information that needs to be present on the website is information regarding your expertise, your availability and at least two samples of your work.

2. Use Social Networks to Your Advantage

Social media have more uses that staying in contact with friends and relatives.  You can use social media to find companies who need your services.  One social media platform that is great for finding freelance web design opportunities is Twitter.  Use keywords such as, “freelance web designer wanted” or “freelance web designer needed” to find opportunities that pertain to your line of work.

3. Use Freelance Job Networks

There are thousands of freelance job networks that have clients who are looking for freelance web designers.  A few popular freelance job networks are:

  • oDesk/elance
  • Guru
  • Flex Jobs

Many of these job networks require freelancers to create a profile with a valid photo and contact information.

4. Find a Partner & Research Companies

Finding a partner can be a great way to land clients and receive jobs.  Two web designers can be better than one.  When you are working with a partner, you can accept more jobs and complete them in a timely manner to increase your earning capabilities.  Another thing you can do is research the companies you want to work for and be a part of the team.  When you are researching companies, take the time to review the company history, what they stand for, and other companies they are partners with.  Another thing you can do when you are researching companies is read reviews from clients and read the company’s terms and conditions.  The more you know about the company, the better you can determine if you want to become a part of the team and if you will enjoy working there.

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5. Make Business Cards or Brochures

Another way you can land clients and make a name for yourself is making business cards and brochures, and handing them to people around campus.  You can post your business card or brochure to the bulletin board on campus and wait for a response.

Here are five ways you can land clients who are looking for freelance web designers.  Having prior experience is great, but if you do not have experience, you can use these five methods to help you land clients, receive jobs, and earn income.

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