networking/marketing advice when you only want to grow a little
Okay....so many of you have been in my position, I`m sure....it`s after midnight...the kid(s) are in bed.....business that used to be steady is taking a dry spell. You`re afraid to go out in market because you don`t want too many new clients for fear of your usual steady clients beginning to request more work, but you need a little extra something.So that`s me right now! And I`m hoping someone out there has a been there done that advice to help me with a little nudge I was lucky enough to be one of those startups that had my previous 9-5 employer become a client. I work from home and have a 2 year old....my husband is the major bread winner....although our budget requires me to bring a certain amount home each month. I`m a graphic designer and enjoy a decent workload maybe around 20-30 hours billable a week...but also make raising my daughter priority. I`m fearful of a large marketing campaign, as I do not want to get more work than I can handle.For a couple years, I`ve been in the position that I was too busy to market and really didn`t need to...yes, I know this is bad...I believe reading on startupnation that you shouldn`t wait until the slow times to market...but the reality is, I`m there! I have a few other small steady clients....and no one has needed work for a month or so and it`s been a wake-up call.I guess I was just giving a shout out to see if anyone understands my situation. And has some suggestions for marketing ideas. I honestly have not had to go out to get work...I`ve gotten nice "aside from my large client" jobs by word of mouth.....so marketing/networking is new. I was thinking of maybe joining my local Chamber of Commerce and attend networkin gmeetings as a start.Thanks all for listening!
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