October 3, 2022

Top 6 Tips for Graphic Designers to Find Clients Easier and Faster

Top 6 Tips for Graphic Designers to Find Clients Easier and Faster

The graphic design market keeps growing globally – its size in the US alone reached over $13 billion in 2020. And the tendency is here to stay. 

At the same time, over 4 out of 5 small businesses underline the importance of graphic design to successful company operation online. 

What are we driving at? Graphic designers are in big demand these days. But that also means that more and more aspiring designers are entering the scene, driving the professional competition up. As a graphic designer, what can you do to up your game and find top clients easier and faster? We have 6 excellent tips for you to ace your job hunting practices:

1. Make your portfolio stand out

Your portfolio should speak louder than anything you might tell a prospective client about yourself. This is literally the reflection of your talent, experience, and expertise. Make sure to create a graphic design portfolio that not only shows your skills but also communicates your authenticity as a designer and attracts potential clients’ attention.

Here are a few steps you can take to make your graphic design portfolio go from good to great:

  • Create a website to host your portfolio. Instead of sending your portfolio as an email attachment or a link to a cloud drive folder, turn it into a website dedicated entirely to your work. You can use free website builders such as Wix or Tilda if you’re not ready to invest in a unique domain yet. Website portfolios are much more convenient to share and they make a much more solid impression on clients. 
  • Create your unique visual style. You have a much higher chance of attracting top clients if your portfolio stands out in terms of style. Try an unusual layout, a new color scheme that will run through the entire portfolio, play with fonts, etc. This authentic visual identity will be another indication of your talent as a graphic designer. For example, take a look at this amazing portfolio by Leta Sobierajski – it is bold, visually unique, and reflects her approach to graphic design: 

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  • Frame your portfolio as a collection of case studies. Let your potential clients know more about your work. Choose your best projects and tell the reader more about them, including project goals, your client’s business niche, your role and workflow, and project results.

2. Learn more about your target audience

If you want to be effective at finding graphic design clients, you need to know who to target. Depending on your niche, style, and experience, you’ll want to reach a specific type of client who is likely to be interested in your services. 

You can start by analyzing your current clientele and outlining their common characteristics. Pay attention to: 

  • Demographics – age, sex, economic status, etc.;
  • Business niche;
  • Needs and requirements;
  • Pain points, etc. 

This information will help you create an ideal client persona – who do you want to target and reach with your work? The more you know about your target audience, the better you will be able to cater to their needs. When you design for a specific audience, you can focus your graphic design work on more well-defined approaches and tools, including the right fonts, images, layouts, and other elements. 

Besides, you’ll be more time-effective with your client search – you will have a better understanding of what kind of prospective clients are interested in your design. 

3. Leverage networking

Don’t forget to tap into the social and professional circles you’re part of if you want to find new graphic design clients. Word of mouth is still very powerful when it comes to looking for designer gigs and projects. 

The best way to do that is to start with your personal network – it proves to be a valuable asset when it comes to job search. Simply ask your family and friends if they know people/companies looking for graphic design services. 

On top of that, if you’re already part of a graphic design community – either locally or online – leverage your connections. For example, you can collaborate with other graphic designers on a project or task. It will not only add another page to your portfolio – you can reach new potential clients through your colleagues/collaborators’ circles. 

And of course, do your research on offline and online networking events for graphic designers you can attend to meet like-minded professionals and potential clients. 

You can consider such events as:

  • Webinars;
  • Workshops;
  • Design contests;
  • Discussion boards, etc. 

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4. Take advantage of social proof

Another highly effective way to improve your search for new clients as a graphic designer is to leverage social proof. 

People tend to make decisions based on the opinions of others – it gives us a sense of reliability and safety when making a choice. And your potential clients are no exception to this psychological principle. That’s why it’s in your best interest to show them that your previous clients have had positive experiences working with you.

To take advantage of social proof, provide testimonials from your past clients. If you can, ask your previous clients to leave you a positive review/testimonial that would outline your skills and strengths. This is a great addition to your portfolio and CV. 

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Pro-tip: If you have a bit of extra budget to spend, you can up your social proof game with the help of influencer marketing. Collaborate with an influencer who will promote your graphic design work and services to their social media audiences. This will significantly expand your reach and attract new clients. 

Explore the local influencer community to leverage this option. For example, check out the best New York influencers to collaborate with here. 

5. Use freelance job search platforms 

Sometimes, finding new clients for your graphic design is simply about choosing the new places to conduct your search. 

And that’s where freelance job search platforms can open vast career opportunities for you. It pays to try out several different platforms to find the one (or several ones) that suits you best. 

When choosing the freelance job search platform, consider the following: 

  • The focus of the platform. Some of them, like Upwork, connect freelancers and clients from all niches and skill sets. Other sites such as Dribbble are created specifically for graphic design job search;
  • Location. If you want to work with the local graphic design market, look for platforms that cater specifically to your region;
  • Fee and tax policy. Some freelance job search platforms have membership fees, others take a commission from every gig you score, etc. Consider these policies to know how much money you’ll actually be making off your every gig. 

Take a look at this comprehensive list of the platforms where you can find graphic design jobs here.

6. Promote yourself on social media

Finally, it’s useful to learn a thing or two about self-promotion on social media

There are plenty of social media platforms where you can market yourself as a graphic designer. Apart from the traditional Facebook, think about these options:

  • LinkedIn. This is probably the best choice for professional networking and self-promoting. Regularly update your CV and portfolio, join LinkedIn groups related to graphic design, interact with other users, etc. You’ll be sure to find great new clients in the process; 
  • Instagram. You can start an account and post your work there. Being a visual social media platform, Instagram is excellent if you want to showcase your graphic design and tell people more about your working process, approach, and style. Take advantage of traditional posts, reels, and stories, and of course, post consistently. Chances are, one of your followers will become your new client;
  • Pinterest. This is another social media centering around visual content – a good choice for self-marketing as a graphic designer. Create pin boards with your designs, actively follow people and other boards, and create visually inspiring content people will want to re-pin. You’ll see how fast potential clients will start reaching out to you. 


As you can see, finding new clients as a graphic designer boils down to self-marketing to the right audience, leveraging the right resources, and effective networking

Combine these tips for a more efficient client search and remember to keep improving your professional skills. Graphic design is to remain essential to virtually every business niche – you’re sure to find clients if you have expertise and quality to offer. 

About The Author :

David Morneau is the co-founder and CEO of inBeat, a hybrid micro-influencer marketing SAAS/agency that helps brands scale their marketing efforts. He has helped over 200 DTC brands to date. Follow him on LinkedIn & Twitter for more tips.