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Freelancing graphic designers can take advantage of the seasonal and temporary positions by stepping-up their online marketing strategy, giving their portfolio a makeover and taking creative angles in reaching out to past, current and new potential customers.
Prepare the basics before tackling any new design projects. Use a computer with a minimum memory space of 1 GB and the basic Adobe Creative Suite package. Researching freelancing advice and business credit card offers can help you find the best ways to finance the proper supplies and resources. Fine-tune your planning and calendar process, schedule your time weekly.
For example, every Sunday night list out the upcoming week's tasks and goals and organize your week based on accomplishing them. Make sure you have invoice forms created and ready for use. Keep a freelancing job book to organize jobs and deadlines and update it regularly to show project progress.
Plan ahead and send emails to all your contacts, clients and friends that are relevant to industry and seasonal trends. For example, around October use something savvy like "looking to increase sales this holiday season?"
Use past success to show companies how you can improve their business. Follow-up by phone a week later.
Vamp-up Your Portfolio
Before making any effort toward getting new clients (make sure you're pinned to iHubbub's freelancing map), make sure your online portfolio and website are current, error free and presentable. A great portfolio is key for getting clients in the industry.
If you're making a solid effort to boost your holiday work, re-vamp your website and online portfolio. Keep your work relevant and use an online layout that is modern and tech-savvy. Add current plug-ins and clean out your site's back end. Make sure the work your showing reinforces your brand, add new work and take away outdated information.
After you've gone through your contacts, go out and look for new clients. Look at the websites of local home businesses. Call locations, send emails and postcards and make them aware that your services exist. However you contact, make it clear, brief and conversational—don't make it sound like a sales gimmick. Approach design, advertising and PR agencies and see if any extra help is needed in their busiest times of the year.
Sites such as Coroflot.com, Behance.com and Krop.com are great places to get leads for companies looking for help. Talk to previous employers and make sure your information is available on job sites. Think outside of the box, sites like graphiccompetitions.com update design contests available regularly for designers. Get involved with social networking clubs like Business Network International.
Being a freelance graphic designer requires some understanding in marketing. Pump up your online marketing via social media and email, it's free and effective. Guest post on industry blogs or keep a blog on your personal website offer webinars and information that troubleshoots basic problems for business owners, reinforcing your credibility.
For more traditional freelancing marketing, keep updated business cards that clearly show your name, website, phone and email and a short description of what services you offer.
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