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entry Sep 13 2014, 02:57 PM
My first client was a chocolatier in Michigan. Steve and I built the original site for $500. It included a homepage, some photos, and a menu that allowed customers to submit a candy order form without having to use a fax machine. The owner was convinced that no one would ever use the order form...but it ended up being a huge boon for customer happiness (and her business).

This was in 1999.

At the time, I lived in Plano, Texas. Which really has nothing to do with South Branch, Michigan. Except for the fact that Steve's dad would go hunting in Michigan and would always stop by Sherni's Candies (we no longer manage the site) on his way out of town to buy gifts for friends and family. Over the years, he forged a relationship with the owner, and when Steve and I decided to go into business, he suggested we give her a call to help her out.

There was nothing game changing about how we got our first client for webdesign http://petrenko.net/my-clients . But...it was really exciting. I remember getting the check in the mail along with several boxes of chocolate for us to photograph to use in her website design. It was exhilarating. Sure, we had to actually deliver said website, which I had only a little experience doing (for myself), but I knew we could figure it out.

I've found that as long as I know the first step, I can usually make the rest happen with a little persistence.

But if you are sitting there reading this and thinking: "that sounds way too easy Brent, I need my first client and that just isn't happening for me!"

Don't worry...I got you covered.

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