In the age of internet and online companies, there’s an explosion of small businesses, looking for success. Many consumers are thirsty for their services. However, thanks to the internet, there’s also a swarm of people who wish to meet the demand. Here are some easy tips for standing out from the rest and making customers and clients alike appreciate your time and effort. 1. Build and have a portfolio. Showcase your work; this gives your client the opportunity to see what style of work you can accomplish, or the products you offer. It can be the good first impression that lands you the deal. Build a quality portfolio as soon as you can and improve it constantly, no matter what stage in the game you’re at. Displaying it on your website can attract clients and save them time in deciding who they want for the job. 2. Communicate regularly with the clients. As a business owner, you’re constantly catering to the tastes of your client. The more in-contact you are with the client, the more secure they’ll feel in your abilities to complete provide the needed service. So give them progress reports and let them see the stages of completion; this way they can also request alterations or corrections early on, before you’ve gone too far. 3. Be creative with your clients. When you’re providing a custom service, such as with graphic design, you must be adaptable. Suggest different approaches to their graphics or different styles altogether. Respect their opinion and remember its importance, but don’t be afraid to suggest additions or modifications. This will make the client feel more comfortable and could lead the development of something greater than the original plan. This also presents a creativity only you can offer, which encourages clients to return to you over the next designer. 4. Be honest. If your deadline presses in and you have to sacrifice quality for the sake of time, make sure to tell your client and ask them if meeting the deadline is more important. Apologize for your mistakes and, if you can, offer compensation. Clients are understanding, but everyone is easily frustrated by half truths. If you can build solid reputation for your worth ethic, people will respect that and chose you over someone who lacks that quality. 5. Be willing to go the extra mile. If a client comes to you with a deadline that must be met, try to arrange your schedule and help them fix the crisis. It may come at an extra cost to you now – by having to work without much compensation (or many breaks) – but you’ll make an impression on the client, and they’ll be more likely...