2020 has put quite the spin on life and business as we know it. Long gone are the days of in person networking groups, handshakes, holiday parties, introductions and plus ones. While many of our social lives may have been placed on hold, business and job requirements are facing new challenges with ever changing content, technology and messaging. With so much uncertainty on the horizon, many companies are looking to the freelance talent pool for temporary workers. Trying to find a new temp graphic designer without paying hefty recruiting fees might feel daunting, so here are five free resources to help you find quality freelance graphic designers in your area.
1. Friends and Family:
Chances are there is already a skilled graphic designer in your contact network. Need help designing a logo? Tell your friends and family you are looking for a logo designer. Struggling to format that brochure? I’ll be your friend’s nephew knows someone who is well versed in print and layout design. Does your presentation feel off-brand or chaotic, ask your coworker if they know anyone who can help with a presentation design so you look like a pro in front of your audience.
While Yelp gets a lot of hate for high pressure sales tactics and for hiding valid, positive reviews (yup, this has even happened to me), it remains a great resource for locating the best freelance graphic designers in your area. Many experienced designers will highlight their skills and services here making it easy to zero in and find the right designer for your project.
I like to think of LinkedIn as a Facebook, but for business. Where Facebook leans heavily on the social aspects of users’s lives (or at least it used to!), LinkedIn was designed specifically to highlight careers and professional achievements. You can use the search functions to easily locate the best contract graphic designer for your project.
Over the past few years, I’ve seen Facebook evolve into many things; social network, market place, job market, interactive infomercial and so much more. Joining small business and freelance groups is a sure fire way to meet graphic designers and graphic artists.
The original virtual bulletin board, Craigslist, offers the opportunity to post listings for free which can bring quality freelance designers right to your inbox. If you live in a smaller city, you might try posting in your nearest big city and keep an open to remote work.
Now that you have some fresh ideas of where to look, you might be wondering what to ask or how to choose the right designer for your project. Stay tuned for my next post: “How to Choose the Right Freelance Graphic Designer.”