I am starting out as a web designer, and I am not getting many requests to design websites for small businesses. This web designing is not a full-time job, but it's something I do on the side. Anyways, since I'm not getting many requests, I wondering if my way of getting requests is viable.
I am thinking of browsing for web pages that are very poorly designed (and that are obvious that the person who designed it didn't have much skills in developing web pages) and making my own, better version of it. I wouldn't make the whole website, but just 1 or 2 pages. I could post the half-completed website temporarily and send them my proposal, and if they liked it, they would hire me to develop the full website. If they decided not to, I could just take it off the web.
My target is small businesses, such as local restaurants, retail stores, etc. EG> this is a VERY poorly designed website (well, it's very simple):
and I was thinking of re-designing it and contacting them if they wish to use my better version
Do you think this is an effective way of getting paid/requests to make websites?