ADVICE / 31
today’s question…“how do you get the word out that you’re open for business?”
stand on a mountain and scream from the top of your lungs. hang out on a corner of a busy street waving a sign. i lie, don’t do that. word of mouth and social media are your best friends when it comes to letting the world know you’re available for design jobs. tweet about it. have your friends blog about it. tell your old boss that you’d appreciate any referrals to get you going. word will spread. if you don’t think that is enough you can go on sites like indeed.com or stylecareers.com or AIGA’s job board to find freelance work. you can also send around a link to your website to companies you would want to freelance for. let them know you’re now freelancing and available for short or long term projects. do some digging on linkedin and find out who you should be connecting with to get your foot in the door. joining associations like AIGA or ADC wouldn’t hurt. you will meet a lot of people in the industry at those gatherings and you can start building your network. if you’re in a city where their is a Creative Mornings host, go go go! it’s free breakfast, you get to hear a creative person talk about a subject and meet a bunch of people in the industry. go make new friends. when you’re first starting out i imagine (i have yet to make the move into fulltime freelance) that work will be sporadic. you will need to build your client base. that is why bri had suggested saving 6 months of living expense before making the jump just in case things don’t go as planned or as fast as you expected.
and! get your business cards done! you will definitely need those to pass out to all the people you’re going to meet!