If you are struggling to keep up with your bills and need to find clients to get your finances moving again do not make the mistake of taking any sort of project you can find, be selective, even though you need the cash. However, there are ways to find clients fast without having to work for cheap and on project you would not personally chose.
Being a freelance web designer is not easy and can be quite stressful or pay off abundantly depending on what strategies you use to find projects. There are times when the going is good and others when work is slow to come. Not only that, but we need to work hours on end to make ends meet. One good solution is to divide the work you have with others who can collaborate and take some of the work load off your shoulders.
When you do find someone with which to collaborate there are two advantages, less workload and more projects. Having a partner can really increase your working possibilities and on the other hand an associate can also help you if you cannot get through the work and vice versa. Having a partner will also increase your exposure and respectively you are less likely to fail in your enterprise. You will gain in security and solidity as an enterprise.
Dig up your former client list
It is always a good idea to contact clients you have already worked for as they might simply have forgotten you, not because your work was not good, but it happens often. You can propose good rate for a project they may need done are extra attention and fast delivery. You will probably find a project they need you to work on. It always pays back to work for former clients and it helps you build up a more solid relationship even if the pay may not be exceptional. It does wonders for your portfolio having clients coming back to you for work.
Setting up a referral program is also a good way to find clients and projects. You can offer discounts to clients who can find you new projects, and this sets up an excellent link to building a large client bank.
You can list your business in the local business listings or search the classified job boards, for any project within your local area. This will do wonders in boosting your brand within your neighborhood and will no doubt provide fast and easy income. However, try and be selective when searching for local clients as you do not want to end up with a client who ends up being a nuisance as you will find it difficult to get rid of them.
Of course advertising is another solution and no doubt the best method to get your business known to all. There are plenty of advertising networks you can use such as LinkedIn, Google, Twitter and other well-known social networks. These will help you get known faster and to a vaster public and providing you with potential clients.