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    I am a 2nd year at university.

    I've been doing design for a very long time now but have only just started to try make money from it.

    Only managed to find 1 client so far via a friend, but have no clue on any LEGITIMATE ways to get a steady client stream (preferably through working solely online).

    I have seen people have success making things for small events, nightlife, businesses and competitions

    Also, I have tried some websites like freelancer but the competition is ridiculous. About 100 applicants for 1 job!
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    Most people just build a portfolio by helping family and friends' businesses. When I was doing this, it was just word of mouth that got most my freelance work. Before I knew it, I had quite the customer base in Australia as my clients were just recommending me to their friends and family.

    Otherwise I'd just treat it as sole-trader work with a dash of marketing consultancy. If you go talking to your local businesses, restaurants, etc. The manager will be happy to take on board any marketing ideas you may have, and you can suggest a marketing campaign by producing X number of posters, a promotional website, leaflets, co-operation with other local businesses. Etc. I'd suggest getting some basic web design skills and get in contact with a printing company so you can get leaflets, posters, etc printed for your clients, obviously with you taking a cut from this, too.

    I started out redesigning take-away menus for local businesses. Box of 3000 would be £XXX, design costs would be £XXX, etc. Simple templated website another few hundred quid. Before I knew it I was raking in £200 a day from small easy jobs from takeaways all across the region

    As you can see, graphic design isn't just about delivering the graphics, the graphics need to drive revenue. To do this, you may require producing goods in the format of printed materials, or a website.
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    (Original post by mandem2k11)
    Hi

    I am a 2nd year at university.

    I've been doing design for a very long time now but have only just started to try make money from it.

    Only managed to find 1 client so far via a friend, but have no clue on any LEGITIMATE ways to get a steady client stream (preferably through working solely online).

    I have seen people have success making things for small events, nightlife, businesses and competitions

    Also, I have tried some websites like freelancer but the competition is ridiculous. About 100 applicants for 1 job!

    Hi there

    There are a few good websites where you can find lots of freelance work on, the best of which (in my opinion) is freelancer.com
    I think it is the best because it is very easy to submit your work and then the job owner will select the best submitted piece and give them the job and the money!

    A few more websites are:
    www.freelancer.com
    www.odesk.com
    www.elance.com

    These are what I have heard of, hope it helps you
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    (Original post by NX172)
    Most people just build a portfolio by helping family and friends' businesses. When I was doing this, it was just word of mouth that got most my freelance work. Before I knew it, I had quite the customer base in Australia as my clients were just recommending me to their friends and family.

    Otherwise I'd just treat it as sole-trader work with a dash of marketing consultancy. If you go talking to your local businesses, restaurants, etc. The manager will be happy to take on board any marketing ideas you may have, and you can suggest a marketing campaign by producing X number of posters, a promotional website, leaflets, co-operation with other local businesses. Etc. I'd suggest getting some basic web design skills and get in contact with a printing company so you can get leaflets, posters, etc printed for your clients, obviously with you taking a cut from this, too.

    I started out redesigning take-away menus for local businesses. Box of 3000 would be £XXX, design costs would be £XXX, etc. Simple templated website another few hundred quid. Before I knew it I was raking in £200 a day from small easy jobs from takeaways all across the region

    As you can see, graphic design isn't just about delivering the graphics, the graphics need to drive revenue. To do this, you may require producing goods in the format of printed materials, or a website.
    Wow thank you for the idea and advice. Will give it a go definately!
 
 
 
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