How these 3 designers transformed their business in just 90 days

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From a web designer in South Carolina down to the last $600, to another in Central New York who resurrected his business from the brink of extinction, here are three success stories that will make you believe there are tried-and-tested ways to help you grow a profitable web design business in 90 days and get A-class clients that pay you what you’re worth.

You can defeat those thoughts that creep in at 3am, when you don’t know where your next client is coming from. You know those thoughts, ones like:

‘I can’t do this freelance thing anymore. What if I can’t pay next month’s bills?’

‘I see other freelance web designers out there kicking goals, and here’s me, barely scraping by. I mustn’t be good enough.’

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‘I’m living hand-to-mouth but I have skills to get the work done. Why can’t I get clients?’

‘How can I compete with overseas designers doing it for half the price?’

‘I can’t even get one client to say yes. What’s wrong with me?’

‘Clients are always haggling to get my prices down. It seems like even though I discount, they still want me to slash it further.’

Then you entertain the idea of getting a 9-5 job, with a steady income.

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But before you start feverishly looking at job vacancies… stop.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. You can find clients who want to pay you, no questions asked. You can have a business that makes money. You can afford to pay your bills and next month’s rent.

These 3 designers found the systems that helped them rise from the ashes of floundering businesses to now turn a profit. Here’s how they did it.

Greg Zellers

Revived a dying business

Designer Greg Zellers

Greg was convinced his web design business was dead. What was once a flourishing design studio just years earlier had became a virtual wasteland. He came to the realization that he had clubbed his business to death through complacency, expectation, and devaluation.

“As begged for scraps, happy to get what little morsels came my way, I watched fellow designers blazing their own paths, enjoying lucrative growth, and securing the kinds of projects I once had, but now only dreamed about.”

Over the subsequent years, Greg’s design revenue dropped from $100,000 or more annually to less than $18,000 in 2016. Had it not been for his other sources of income, he could have been on the brink of losing it all. In fact, for the final five months of 2016, his design revenue was less than $3,000.

In late November 2016, as he looked through job listings, he realized that he didn’t have to let this be his course.

“I was cruising my Facebook feed and saw an ad for Foxley’s Mountains of Clients. I’m not sure why it resonated with me. I’d never before been motivated to click on one of these kinds of ads. I’d never watched one of those freebie webinars and I certainly never enrolled in any online courses. I had always chalked them up to trickery and cash grabs.”

He took the leap. He had no idea where the coaching program would take him, but he devoted himself to it. He made a full commitment to the process, to the tasks at hand, and to the knowledge shared.

And after the three months, he’s emerged with a new business perspective.

“In the last five weeks alone, more than $9,200 in billings have been secured, and every dime is directly attributed to the changes I’ve made, the lessons I’ve learned, and the tactics I’ve applied through this course.”

Kylie Haack

Became a web designer

Designer Kylie Haack

Kylie launched her web design business in October 2016. But the kicker for her: she wasn’t a web designer. Or a designer to begin with. She’s a mum with a one-year-old, and she didn’t want to return to a sales career that she had grown tired of.

“I pick up technology very quickly and built my own website years ago. However I had no idea about the strategy behind a website and my business failed. I use WordPress but can’t code. I have poured my heart into learning how to become a web designer and I don’t do anything by halves.

“I had dabbled in blogging, loved to write, and wasn’t scared of a challenge… so I dove headfirst into what is now known as One Page Websites. But I needed help. I know I can sell, but I didn’t really know the ins and outs of what was wrong with a website, or automation, or Facebook ads.”

Kylie was stuck. She lacked the confidence she needed. She didn’t believe in herself. Then she saw a Foxley ad for the Mountains of Clients program.

“You know when you see a course and you have an ‘a-ha’ moment and realise that this could just be what you’ve been waiting for? Then your optimism shrinks as your inner critic starts up… ‘You can’t afford this course,’  ‘You have sales experience, why would you need to do this?’ and ‘You’ve made one sale and you’re already wanting to spend money?’

“My mind was racing, but so was my intuition. And guess who won? My intuition did. I listened to my gut.”

That was the turning point for Kylie’s business. She signed up and she never looked back.

“The 80% done-for-you templates are unlike anything you’ll ever find in any other course.”

She found the support, advice, and feedback offered was also invaluable.

“My mind-shift to a confident, equipped web designer has been life changing. And the like-minded energy from everyone in this group of ‘so-called competitors’ is a breath of fresh air. I have never come across this in any other industry.”

Clay Eavenson

Got off the financial roller coaster

Designer Clay Eavenson

Clay was down to his last $600 in his bank account. And as the sole breadwinner in his household of six, he was relying on word of mouth to get his clients, putting him on a financial roller coaster. He was at his wit’s end. He had no idea how to attract new clients.

After seeing an ad for Foxley’s coaching program, Mountains of Clients, he asked his parents if they would be willing to invest in his business and lend him the money to join.

“I was nervous about spending money that I didn’t have for a training course I wasn’t sure would produce real results. I was very skeptical.”

He had to bite the bullet and take the chance.

“I knew if there was any hope of learning how to get new clients, I needed to learn it,” he says. “Something had to change in my business and I was willing to do whatever it took get out of this ‘feast or famine’ lifestyle I had been living.”

In the very first week, with coaching from Foxley co-founders Simon and Bianca, Clay signed the second biggest contract he’d ever signed. In the three months during the program, he secured (and was subsequently paid on) more than $40,000 in projects.

“And I have over $20,000 in proposals that have been sent in just the past two weeks.”

These web designers are proof you can do the work you love, and land dream clients who have no hesitation to pay you what you’re worth the first time you ask. What’s the one thing you’d like to change in your business? Let me know in the comments below.


If you want a sure-fire way to get your web design business on the right track, registration for the Mountains of Clients coaching program is open until 11.59pm (EST) on March 6. Join today using our affiliate link to get $100 off this incredible 90-day program that is guaranteed to transform your business. What are you waiting for? Join now.

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About Bianca Board

Co-founder of Web123, Australia’s small business web specialists, creator of ‘The Ultimate Web Business Bundle’, and CEO founder of Foxley, a new designer-only SaaS platform that puts all her web, UX, strategy, design, marketing and business experience in the one place, Bianca is passionate about reinventing web design for small business. If you’re wondering how to start a damn good website business, or you’re ready to give the middle finger to mediocre web design — register for Foxley’s Mountains of Clients here.
Foxley-Website-Software-Logo More about Bianca’s Business: Bianca is co-founder of Foxley, the world’s first universal system for building an awesomely profitable web business. Deliver high value sites for clients that capture the leads, make the sales and bring in the dollars – a lot of dollars. Get the 411 on Foxley here.

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  1. Sherwin Estrada says:

    I am a graphic designer who wants to grow my business and do photography and video as well. I have invested so much on my gears and getting really good doing what I love. But I am an introvert and I haven’t attracted any new business lately. Also, I found this too late. Will you make an exception?