One of the main problems is that today design is seen as 'easy', hence the number of amateur 'bedroom designers' offering, ahem, "professional" design at a pittance. Thankfully there are still plenty of clients out there who value design and a designers' expertise, the hard part is finding them. But, saying that, once you've found one, they'll probably be able to connect you to others.
Thank you. I guess it's a case of knowing your stuff and sticking in there until you find some decent clients. Sorry to drive this thread off topic. I have posted another thread on this subject.