How to get clients when starting a design agency

over 4 years ago from , Digital Designer

Hi guys!

I've been reading some helpful content here on Designer News and decided to ask something I've been thinking for a while.

Right now I'm a full-time freelance designer and I would like to grow my business to a small agency (studio, agency or firm definition doesn't matter for now


  • Jon LJon L, over 4 years ago

    If you have something that you believe in strongly, helping others in that space is one of the best ways to build a fresh network. Try to reach out to some organizations that have overlaps in areas that you care about.

    Are you passionate about the climate change? or maybe a local restaurant?

    Pitch a pro bono project to a local organization and then take the project to the moon and back. Submit the work to a regional design competition; the exposure is win-win, others will notice. And if your clients don't notice, your competition will.

    Agencies subcontract with boutique studios all the time. There's your in to a whole new network that you can grow from.

    Continue to produce outstanding work, maintain those relationships, and make sure everyone in the chain knows who is responsible for the outcomes.

    Double your money and make it stack.

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  • Saul SutcherSaul Sutcher, over 4 years ago

    The best way to get business is to do great work for existing clients and win follow-up work or ask them to refer you to other contacts within their company.

    We've also done pro-bono work as a way to start out.

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