On Fri, 10 May 2002, Jon Haworth wrote: > You'll need some sort of portfolio to prove you can do what you're talking > about, so start building that up *now* - have you tried approaching > charities, churches, youth groups, or similar non-profits in your area? You > may end up doing a couple of freebies, or giving some very heavy reductions > on what you would like to charge, but it will at least get your name out > there and get you some real experience and references. Also, don't hesitate to put concept pieces in your portfolio. If impressive, those widgets will help to impress prospects who make it that far. Hell, even I have a couple of concept pieces in mine, and have at least a few portfolio pieces that I'm comfortable with. On freebies, take one thing into account: in the U.S. free labor confers no tax advantage of any kind for an independent or a sole proprietor, and really none at all in terms of the Big Picture. A professional accountant will be able to explain it to you in suitable detail. In regard to underbidding on freelance sites... this might be a good avenue, since as often as not the people requesting bids are looking for bargains, not superstars. > In terms of networking, print up a batch of business cards and give them to > everyone you meet. Tell your friends, your family, your neighbours, your > postman, that strange lady with the carrier bags who talks to herself at the > bus stop, EVERYONE, that you are looking for work. Too true. Hardly a week goes by that I don't hear about some sweet-talker with a FP2K install (less often GoLive and Dreamweaver) who's making money hand over fist despite an utter lack of skills. Those jobs arrive on a 'who-you-know-not-what-you-know' basis, but if they work to the advantage of FP_Boy, they can work to yours, too. Nor is due diligence something practiced often by freelancers in evaluating prospects, or by clients in evaluating vendors... sad, but true. -- Ben Henick Web Author At-Large Managing Editor http://www.io.com/persist1/ http://www.digital-web.com/ persist1 at io.com bmh at digital-web.com -- "Are you pondering what I'm pondering, Pinky?" "I think so, Brain, but... (snort) no, no, it's too stupid." "We will disguise ourselves as a cow." "Oh!" (giggles) "That was it exactly!"