I am a newbie self taught web designer. My skills are HTML/CSS web designs. My problem is, how do I start marketing myself or what type of web designs should I put in my portfolio if I have not had any clients yet?
There is something that worries me more than the lack of clients.
Are you good? Are you good enough to have a first nonprofit client?
Do you have a personal web page? I do not mind if it is on a free hosting service. I do not mind a couple of ads at the top.
Do you have some screen captures of design ideas, as a single jpg posted perhaps on deviantart.com?
I do not mind a portfolio of fake clients. That is totally fine with me, as long as the work looks good (and it is well structured) (Guess what… that could be sold as a template)
So, the first client you need to have is yourself. Then you can make some variations on a “Your company name” “template”. Then, I could see if you actually know HTML and CSS, and actually know how to “design” a website.
This “templates” could be business oriented too.
A template for dentists where you actually analyze what a dentist could need, for example, a form to appoint a date, A photographer’s portfolio with some categories for different types of photos, etc.
P.S. “Web designer” is a pretty complex term.
It could imply:
Designing the structure, the flow, the content architecture.
UX interfaces, assets, look.
Development skins for specific platforms.
Some basic understanding of backend programming.
So, you probably need to learn a couple of things more.