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If you want to get your business name out there, nothing is better than referrals and networking. Networking is act of passing someone's name on to another person. But, in new world of technology, networking has taken on an entirely new face. Since this form of self-promotion could mean make or break for your freelancing career, I recommend you use some of following pointers.
1. Write Articles - Write articles about your expertise and submit them to heavily trafficked web sites. Make sure that you are referenced in these articles. Something like this works best:
John Smith Fake Company Expert Web Designer http://www.fake-company.com/ email@example.com
Some web sites won't let you have all of this information written as a signature on article, but they will let you have a summarized version. If not, at least insist on your name and website address being added to article.
2. Become an Expert - There is a web site called All Experts (http://www.allexperts.com/). That is a great place to network. This site is a hub where people ask advice of experts. Take advantage of this marketplace where others in your field can ask advice of you. If these people are pleased with your expertise, you might receive future gigs from them.
3. Message Boards and Chat Rooms - Message boards and chat rooms attract individuals in need of advice. Take advantage of this. Just make sure not to blatantly market your services. This might infuriate people and you could get flamed or kicked out among other things. The way to network in this situation is to be as helpful and knowledgeable as you possibly can. If you are in a graphic design message board and someone is baffled about to use layers in Photoshop . explain process. You could maybe mention that you use Photoshop daily when running your design business. THEN at bottom of page use a signature. Find out about signatures in #4 below.