There are several steps and stages to going freelance, below are some key examples.
Online Portfolio :
- Make is effective.
- Have an impressive online presence.
- Potential clients/employers will want to have access to work, so have a clear online blog/website for the client to browse at. Easily useable an accessible.
Print Portfolio/Business Cards/Cv’s :
- Impressive tangible portfolio, that links across all platforms, making it recognisable as your own, though styles colours.
- Use branding/identity to create business cards , stationary, stickers, anything you can attach your logo to the better.
Be bold be brave :
- Don’t be afraid to contact businesses via email phone, spread your work.
- Don’t say NO, if an opportunity arises take it.
- Go further and beyond what is expected, within reason of your budgets.
- Word of mouth great way of getting work an retaining clients.
Small Jobs :
- Doing well at the small jobs can open doors for the future.
- Starting small gives the initial work experience of working one to one with a client, rather than chucking yourself in at the deep end and pitching to several clients at once.
- Come across in your work as well as your personality.
- Be confident in your pricing if your good price to that quality.
- Be as confident as the client sees fit don’t go in there all guns blazing.
- Daily new techniques and styles are being developed, have to keep in the loop else as a designer you will get left behind.
- Social networking is a great way of spreading your work across different platforms, therefore reaching many more people.
- Start an maintain a blog, comment on others in the designer community.
- Join designer forums/communities.
- Keep in the loop and up to date.
- If work is slow focus on personal projects.
- Don’t let the creativeness stop , keep creating on the daily.
- Note things down
- Influences around you, daily observations.
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