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    Hi all,

    I have been doing graphics for about 15 years now, and have been designing websites for at least 10, so I have plenty of experience with design. Problem is, I have only ever really worked full time gigs, and am now trying to find and build my own clientele.

    So, I am hoping to find some information on what would be the best way to hunt down and find people who are looking for the sort of work I do. I have seen sites like Elance, but I am not really interested in bidding for jobs. I would like to find my own clients, and work directly with them, without any sort of middle man.

    I just have no idea of where to start. Thanks for any advice.

  • #2
    I'm kinda in the same boat I'm doing a couple freelance stuff on the side and looking for more, but right now it's only by word-of-mouth around town
    Romans 14:11

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    • #3
      Ironic

      I came to this site in search of help from graphic designers. I'm attempting to start my own social network so I will need a designer for that. I also need a logo for the site.
      i got tons of responses from the craigslist some even from out of state (the majority).
      I got so many responses I decided to find another route so here I am.

      I would prefer to work with some one who has a web cam so we can chat live.

      PM me if you can do the web cam chat thing via gmail, live, skype, whatever.

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      • #4
        Word of mouth is a really good thing. Think of all the ways you can enhance your current relationships with your regular clients.
        It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" Winnie the Pooh

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        • #5
          we get 100% of our clients by following 3 easy steps:

          Step 1. Do really good work.
          Step 2. Be the kinds of people a client would want to work with, and tell other people about.
          Step 3. There is no step 3.
          Last edited by greedo; 10-26-2009, 09:17 PM.

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          • #6
            Design1203, if you want to hire someone, post a Classified ad.

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            • #7
              Your best bet is to get your own website up and working. . . then network. If you can join BNI (or even afford to!) that's a business referral group where you will find businesses.

              Get business cards printed (professionally) and get them out to businesses via friends & family.

              Get a portfolio together and call in on likely businesses or phone them. .

              Be prepared for the 'NO thankyou' - it's not easy but they aren't rejecting you personally.

              If you are in a job at the moment don't approach your clients directly. That will really p*** your boss of and give him a reason to get rid of you!

              Be persistent - it takes between 5 and 7 (or more) 'marketing touches' before someone will buy from you!

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              • #8
                Here are some articles that might help:
                Broke or just cheap? Read my list of free open source alternatives to Adobe Creative Suite software.

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                • #9
                  you should also look at Haystack.com

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