I face a technical Problem. First off Im pretty well skilled and talented in various fields from drawing illustrations graphic cad 3d surface rendering architecture etc etc Technically proficiency in many software run them in my computer from adobe to solidworks to 3dmax. I am trying to expand my freelancing work meaning expand and go full time work for myself rather than feed other peoples kids lol. Only problem is Im fairly new designer recent grad of 2011, I have several years as designer experience about 3 years as professional designer. Main problem for me is I have skills I have software I lack necessary connections to make money from freelancing. The problem is I dont really know many people or associated with many companies. I am working at an engineering firm but like I said I dont want to feed other people I want to work ultimately for myself. How do I go about getting the necessary promotions and contacts to expand freelancing work. I dont like the freelancing sites I hate them they are rip offs + I dont like biding and wasting time hoping the people will pick me instead of the 50 other bids. I was considering hiring marketing agencies but they charge like 2000 USD and get little to nothing in return. I have one contact with a mechanical designer who sends me solidworks work every few weeks or so. Its not real money you can survive from but its not bad either I get a fairly decent hourly rate. but if I quit my job that will not be sufficient to live off. So how can I expand my operations? I was offered several times by several recruiting agencies but they are bigger scam artist I want to work directly with the company or the person that needs work done no middle man. Any ideas on how I go about this? I dont mind working for engineering firms and all but Why feed other peoples kids when you can work for yourself and have no middle man and your money goes to feeding your own kids directly.