So here is the thing, I work full time as a designer, and I also have a business of my own on the side. My business is really new, so i have not/am not doing much work. one of the reasons is cause I am really busy with my full time work. What are some inexpensive/free and time effective ways that you promote yourself?
Well, who are you trying to market to? Is it a clearly defined market segment, a niche market, or everyone?
I honestly think that the promotion of any business, whether it is large or small, would either take money or a great deal of time. For example, on Facebook you can pay to have your portfolio fan page advertised to your desired audience. Which, in this case, it actually seems that your target audience would be new businesses because they are likely to need what you can offer.
I was just reading your post and thought that I might be able to offer some helpful tips on ways to promote your new business. I was reading some of the other comments and I am with you guys in that Twitter isn't really for me. Blogging can be a great way to get your name out there, but again, this usually requires consistent updating and can sometimes take a while to yield any sort of return.
Aside from those things however, you could maybe try taking an ad out in a local newspaper in your area to promote your new business. I have found that it's often best to start local and try to expand from there. It's also helpful to submit some of your work to popular design blogs where they will be viewed by lots of other creatives, or participating in design contests like the ones on 99designs.com or Deviant Art. It's very easy to set up a free portfolio to showcase your work and although it will take some time to update, it's not nearly as time consuming as running a fully operational blog site.
These are just a few of the inexpensive ways that you can start to build a foundation while getting your name out there, but these are just some of the things I have learned from my own experiences. Hope it helps!
Thanks. I have been tossing the idea around of the newspaper ad for a little while now. Maybe i will think about it a bit harder. I didn't think about the design contest/site though. maybe i will try that. i will look up 99designs.com for sure.