How to Find Freelance Work

Noel writes:
What would you consider to be the most expeditious route to securing off-site freelance graphic design work and off-site business writing work?

Any ideas or leads you could share with me would be greatly appreciated.

The Career Doctor responds:
The most expeditious route: networking. I have done freelancing and consulting all my life — always on the side never as full-time employment — and all my clients came from networking and word-of-mouth. People will not know your services are available unless you tell them. Many types of networking are available to you; start with friends and colleagues outside your company. Move on to people in your professional organization. Then move online and network through a few discussion groups.

You could also develop your own Web site and advertise your services.