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New Graphic Design Freelancing Business: How do I find clients?

With the Coronavirus happening, I am not even sure it's the right time to be starting a business, but on the other hand I have all this free time to promote myself and educate myself. I recently joined Micromentor to find someone interested in teaching me about networking and finding clients/advertising for myself. I started a new graphic design business and have not had much luck getting my name out there. To give you an idea, I created a website and thought I new what I was doing with SEOs, I've joined Facebook pages, created a separate Instagram account for my business, and let friends and family members know about my new ventures.

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Hi Megan,

Sounds like you're doing a lot of the right steps. I would make sure that your website for your business has lots of good examples (portfolio) and testimonials from any clients you have worked with either at your current job or any previous work. Reach out to those previous clients, even if they are family or friends and get some quotes on your page. If you can use their business names, even better.

You may be able to find freelance or short-term roles on an Indeed.com, or on a Fiverr type site, and take some jobs with bigger companies to prop up the portfolio, even if it's not what you want to be doing in the future, which is running you're own digital agency.

I also think there is a lot of opportunities to get involved with smaller businesses that may need some help right now and integrate with them that could help our that portfolio we've been talking about, as well as make a lasting relationship with clients that will remember you helping them out in this difficult time.

Hope this helps.

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Hi Megan

Starting a business during these challenging times speaks volumes about your hunger and determination to succeed.

Upload your company profile on www.upwork.com as well. You can apply for jobs uploaded by clients on the site to get started.

Besides continuing to do what you are doing join groups on linkedin, post your blogs in all social media platforms and hashtag relevant category words on your posts. Also, continue to add a relevant comment on other's posts or share other's post. Remember you need to give before you get.

If you can speak and make videos on your content then the engagement on your posts will be better.

Wishing you luck!!

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I would suggest the best platform to find clients in lockdown situation would be using social media platforms e.g Linkedin. Being a freelance L&d consultant I generate 80 % of my business through Linkedin and at times Instagram

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Hey Megan

Can I see your website to assess whats the best way to pitch your business

Cheers Eric

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Hi Megan,

Even with everything going on in the world now is a good time to start.

Getting traction to your website might take time and require a lot of effort on social media and SEO. It's good to spend time on SEO and social media, but until you create strong backlinks, website content, etc. you might want to try going to places where people are searching for graphic design work. As Sumit mentioned www.upwork.com is great and I also recommend fiverr.com. You can check how others market themselves there and start out with lower prices to get rated and gain experience.

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