There’s two things I did:
1. Start creating content. YouTube videos are the best, because people can get a good sense of who you are and what your personality is. But, written tutorials work, too. Answering questions on Quora, etc. Just be sure to create content for YOUR target client and NOT for other developers.
2. Local business meetup groups. As the tech person, you’ll be in high demand. Virtually every meeting I went to I had someone who asked me to take a look at a project. It can be a very quick way to get work without a ton of vetting.
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