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« on: October 26, 2007, 01:28:39 AM »
So what's the best way to start?  I am looking for some freelance work that I could do on weekends and during my spare time during the week.  What's the best way to get work?  What has worked for you guys?

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Re: New to Freelance
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2007, 04:14:12 AM »
I'd be interested in seeing some answers here too, as I've never been able to make a "living on the side" with what I do best. I have, however, found opportunities in "right place, right time" mode. One friend introduced me to a guy who had Photoshop at home, but didn't know the first thing about the bells & whistles other than how to airbrush artifacts, which led to me giving him hours of free training in exchange for possible work down the road that never really materialized. Another time I was hanging out in my favorite coffee shop when the owner said something about doing new menus, flyers etc., and I offered my services there.

So there is work out there to be had, if we knew where and how to look, and were prepared to charge properly for our services.
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Re: New to Freelance
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2007, 04:27:24 AM »
Back when I was freelancing, I made up business cards with my services and handed them out whenever and wherever possible.  It was great for the shops that were busy occasionally to have some extra help but that didn't have enough work to hire more full-timers.  It is amazing how fast word gets around when they find you are reliable.

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Re: New to Freelance
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2007, 08:03:55 AM »
Most of the work I ever got was actually from my job. As a print shop, we don't really design stuff beyond very simple things like letterheads, so once the owners and estimators found out I was any good, they just sub that kind of stuff out to me. It benefits them because they are helping the customer by referring them to a designer, and they are also guaranteed the print work when it is done. Plus, it doesn't take up company time.

You can probably find some freelance work on Craigslist - I always see gigs on there. If you are dealing with strangers (or even people you know, for that matter), get 1/2 the money up front and the balance upon delivery of digital files. A simple contract will not only protect you, but also make you appear more professional.

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Re: New to Freelance
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2007, 12:22:23 PM »

So what's the best way to start?  I am looking for some freelance work that I could do on weekends and during my spare time during the week.  What's the best way to get work?  What has worked for you guys?


I could refer you to a client I dont have the time for right now if you want to send me your contact through a PM..

repeat newsletter, just swap out copy and images every 3 months...    I just dont have the time to take on another project right now, their regular artist quit recently..   we have been doing a good bit of their printing..

Let me know..   
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Re: New to Freelance
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2007, 02:21:44 PM »
Has anyone ever tried the internet freelance sites?  For a membership fee (monthly) you can bid on jobs submitted through the website. 

One I looked at was www.contractedwork.com


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Re: New to Freelance
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2007, 02:43:13 PM »

Has anyone ever tried the internet freelance sites?  For a membership fee (monthly) you can bid on jobs submitted through the website. 

One I looked at was www.contractedwork.com




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Re: New to Freelance
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2007, 03:16:23 PM »
Thanks, Ninja...  That PPF thread and the link are print-oriented.  I'm interested in design/production freelance. 

I'm rather skeptical of the general situation, tho.

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Re: New to Freelance
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2007, 10:53:58 AM »

Thanks, Ninja...  That PPF thread and the link are print-oriented.  I'm interested in design/production freelance. 

I'm rather skeptical of the general situation, tho.



yea, I figured the concept was the same..  I'd be skepical too. 
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Re: New to Freelance
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2008, 12:47:36 PM »
Unfortunately, the best way to get freelance is through your sales force. I hate having to ask them for anything, but I figure they owe me, so ask your least hated sales guy to hook you up, and after he sees that you are more than capable, he will send more your way.

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Re: New to Freelance
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2008, 01:23:02 PM »
After 8 years with the same employer I was able to make friends with several of the customers we had. when the guy sold out and 2 years later the new owner decided I was old baggage, I took every damn customer I could with me. If I were to actually persue the "friendship" I could probably stir enough business to keep me in the $5,000 a month range, but I would need to decide where the line is for quiting the regular job and giving up vacation time, medical benefits (like I have any  :rolleyes: ) and any other benefits from s steady job secure situation. I don't mind punchin' a clock, and the extra work I do on the side pays for the extras in life :grin:
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Re: New to Freelance
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2011, 02:33:59 AM »
It is a right choice to decide do freelance work. In this field no one will compel you any work. enjoy the job. :banana: Go ahead!

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Re: New to Freelance
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2011, 03:35:33 PM »
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« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2011, 05:01:13 PM »

Is this a bot or what? Saturday morning invasion.


I don't think so. Appears human to me. I could be wrong though.
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Is this a bot or what? Saturday morning invasion.


I don't think so. Appears human to me. I could be wrong though.
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