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    • CommentAuthoradtaylor
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2012
     
    Hello,

    I hope it's not too cheeky but I'm here begging a bit of advice.

    I've been working for the last five years in London, first as a web designer then as a frontend developer. I've loved it but I miss Brum so I'm heading back and I want to start a little web shop.

    All sounds easy except I'm a little clueless in certain areas — basically the areas away from a computer.

    So, the questions:

    I was wondering if anyone can recommend a good accountant? I've always looked after my own tax returns for my freelance work but I would like a stronger hand on my finances. How much should I expect to pay for a decent accountant?

    One on my big worries is marketing. What do you guys find works best for getting leads? Networking events? Flyering? Cold calling? The last two make my skin crawl but do I have to embrace them as a small business owner?

    My last question is pretty dumb. What do you call a web shop that does design AND development? Looking around I see most place call themselves 'web design' studios/agencies but is this right? I just wonder what clients are expecting and looking for.

    I'm sorry if these questions are a bit naive… I guess they are. I've only worked in internal web teams, so my knowledge and vocabulary are more technical.

    Any advice you can give would be brilliant. Knowing that there is an active webbie community in Birmingham has really helped make this decision easier. Looking forward to getting involved.

    Thanks,

    Ad Taylor
    • CommentAuthorMatt
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2012
     

    Hi Ad, and welcome!

    I can't speak from experience as I work for THE MAN, but I know other folks have had success by networking and picking up work covering shortfall for agencies and so on.

    -Matt

    • CommentAuthoradtaylor
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2012
     
    I hadn't thought of agency shortfall. Definitely another avenue to persue, cheers Matt.