Networking

What are the Best Events for Marketing in the Phoenix Area?

I’m really impressed with all the events happening in the Phoenix area nowadays. I used to be an avid attender of the Refresh Phoenix meetups (see the Refresh Phoenix category) and recently I have been spending a lot of time working from Gangplank. They have freely hosted a number of events and activities that they have been amazing.

Refresh Phoenix is no longer holding meetups. I think that is perfectly fine. It served its purpose and I for one am extremely grateful for what it provided me. But, as I’m trying to get back into the swing of things and looking to start my new business, what are the best events for marketing in the phoenix area? Which events are worth going to for marketing purposes?

Obviously a lot depends on how much I put myself out …

How to Promote Yourself as a Freelancer

Update: Please Digg this post. Thanks.

The other day I wrote a post about someone I know who runs a profitable web design company but knows very little about web design. She’s successful because she knows how to promote her company really well. And while I don’t know how she promotes her company, I do know the things that I’ve done to promote myself as a freelancer.

1. Start A Blog
Get your own domain name, install WordPress, and write good content about web design. Not only will it show potential clients that you know what you’re talking about but it will also let them get to know you as a person. A blog is a great way to improve your search engine rankings and it can double as a portfolio too. Clients always ask to see my portfolio (which isn’t …

The Rewards of Networking

Over at the YoungEntrepreneur Blog Josiah Mackenzie from Young Wealth Weekly is guest blogging this week and he’s doing a series on networking for young entrepreneurs.

In his first post Josiah mentions 7 rewards of networking. Of course there are way more than 7 but I think his list is an excellent start.

  • Reward 1: Networking gets your name out
  • Reward 2: Networking can build your reputation
  • Reward 3: Networking develops new business ideas
  • Reward 4: Networking helps you find joint venture partners
  • Reward 5: Networking lets you learn from others
  • Reward 6: Networking often makes you a mingling expert
  • Reward 7: Networking brings more sales
  • Without networking I wouldn’t have nearly as much work (if any), I wouldn’t have ever started Random Shapes, and I wouldn’t have the knowledge necessary to work as a web designer.

    It’s important to build your business and your skill set …

    Get Involved in a Community

    A little less then a year ago I decided I wanted to be a web designer. I created this site and found a few local web design companies. I needed a summer job so I emailed these companies to see if one of them would hire me. One did. I did my best and learned all I could. I taught myself CSS and web standards and even a little javascript and PHP. All the things I learned over the summer were things I should have known before I even thought about becoming a web designer. I’m amazed someone hired me but I’m extremely grateful she did.

    Summer ended which meant school started and I didn’t have the time to work anymore. I continued to play around on the web and I started my own blog. Having a blog opened up a …