Hi there.. Long time lurker and reader here, thought it was about time i signed up and contributed! Also wouldn't mind some input as i'm feeling a bit disheartened with the world of design lately! I work part time as the sole designer for a small retail company and about a year ago decided to try and start freelancing on the side. I've been doing bits and pieces of freelance work since but nowhere near as much as i need/would like. Most of the work i've got has either been through people i know or from responding to ads on places like Gumtree but it seems to be getting harder, not easier to get work. There are so many people out there that want design work for free or for peanuts and in almost every ad anywhere that i come across, the person or company is not serious about getting the job done properly and paying a decent rate for it. Then there are all of those 'designers' out there who are feeding this problem by offering work for such ridiculous prices... i've seen their Facebook pages offering logos for Â£8 and people are actually praising and recommending them and complementing their dreadful designs! They actually think this stuff looks good and think Â£8 is a fair price for branding their beloved new business! I just don't know how people manage to compete with this. I have been working in design in some capacity for 5 years but i don't feel confident or 'good' enough to approach agencies for work. In an ideal word i'd have a client base of small businesses that provided a regular stream of work. I'm about to get some flyers printed to drop into local businesses to start with but other than that i'd love any encouragement or suggestions! Thanks all and i look forward to getting involved around here.