Having joined Twitter approximately one year ago I have discovered many benefits of being an active member of Twitter – benefits that have helped my freelance design business and my personal development as a graphic designer. If you have not yet taken the plunge into the Twitterverse here are 6 reasons why you should join Twitter and how it can benefit your business.
Twitter is a great way to meet other creatives in your field, new prospects and clients. I have recently been discovering many people sending out tweets looking for a designer to develop their company logo or website – ‘search.twitter.com’ is a great tool for finding things.
Also having met so many creative and talented designers on Twitter I have formed close relationships, which I work with from time to time on projects and when I need to refer clients elsewhere for project beyond my abilities and time.
With all the design resources on the web, Twitter is a great way to find new information –from blog posts, design conference announcements, product news, or any other form of information you are seeking. Discover something you saw or read on Twitter, try retweeting it to share it with your followers.
I’ve discovered everything from free fonts, amazing step-by-step tutorials, to how to improve your freelance business. Staying on top of your industry as designer is essential.
Working as an independent graphic designer from home can be quite lonely from time to time. Having Tweetdeck running in the corner of my second monitor is a great way to relieve separation anxiety from the rest of the world.
Twitter is an ongoing conversation that you are able to jump in and out of whenever you want. It’s like working in a room of thousands of other designers while working from home.
Independency has its perks, but without a doubt has its downfalls. Working independently you are unable to kick around ideas with other designers and get feedback on your work. It’s easy to become stale and your development can hinder working alone.
Try posting a screenshot of your current work asking for feedback. You’ll be surprised on how much you can learn from others.
Having an issue with a website not displaying properly in IE6 and need some help? Designers on Twitter always seem up to offering out their assistance and help when needed. Remember, don’t just be a borrower, offer your expertise when needed as well.
Monitor and grow your business
Twitter is a great way to monitor your business and see what others are saying about you. The search feature of Twitter is extremely handy for finding out this type of information and seeing the areas on which you can improve. Seeing what is said and implementing new changes will help grow your business and make your customers happier.
What are some of the benefits you’ve seen from Twitter? What were the reasons you joined?