The Amsterdam Casino Project
Working as a freelance graphic designer has opened so many new doors for me. Of course, working for clients in London is still one of my signatures as a designer. Especially because I know the market in the United Kingdom very well, i’m not interested in reducing my work in London. However, i’m considering expanding my services to Europe to increase my workflow so I can maybe open my own office some day. Recently, i’ve dived into my own personal development and noticed my desire to become an entrepreneur. It always fascinated me and maybe it’s now the time to make it happen.
Europe is a very big market when it comes to the online casino industry. Holland in particular, has become one of the biggest operating online casino country. Even though the Netherlands is struggling with the KSA at the moment, it still offers plenty of opportunities for graphics designers like me. I really believe Holland is well known for their popular and traditional Dutch design, which is implemented in almost anything. As a graphic designer, I always seek for more inspirational environments and that is exactly why Holland would be the perfect place for my new office. My dream office would be located in the heart of Amsterdam, since it is very reachable for clients from different cities. The public transport to Amsterdam is just great, so there won’t be a limitation to reach my office in any way.
Considering a good location is one thing, running a business in a new country is another thing. I can proudly say that i’ve already set the base on the Dutch market by contacted some of my old friends that are also working in the online casino industry. One contact person introduced me to a potential client who is operating in Amsterdam. He told me that Amsterdam Casino is still looking for a graphic designer for a long term based project. At the moment we’re setting up a clear contract for my type of services and I can start working for them immediately. For now, I will work from the UK and deliver my work by the use of the internet. Maybe in the future, if this project is still going, I will move to Amsterdam.
Hopefully, working with this client can open new doors in Holland. Would I miss London? Of course I would, but I also believe sticking around in a city for years is not the best way to improve your skills. I’m really motivated to learn so much about graphic design in different cultures and that is also what I really like to do. Moving to Amsterdam would change my current lifestyle in so many ways and I look really forward to that. But for now I have to park my thoughts about Amsterdam a little bit, since I haven’t even started working for Amsterdam Casino. In September I will start with my first assignment which is still unknown to me. I bet it’s going to be something that needs to be created for their new online casino website. In the meantime I will just keep continue with daydreaming about Amsterdam.
The only downside to freelance graphic design is that you have to seek out your clients. It’s not like with a business where people typically go to the business directly to with the work they need done. It does sometimes happen where a former client of mine will refer a new client to my freelance graphic design business and they come to me. It doesn’t always happen though, so I don’t rely on doing business that way.
Making your own website of your freelance graphic design business is a great way to draw in new clients. Keep the website updated with recent jobs. A modern look to your website is important too. You don’t want a visually ugly website, because graphic design is all about creating attractive designs. If a client is looking for some cool graphics and they see your subpar website, they will be completely turned off and not want to do business with you. I can see if you are just starting your freelance graphic design business and you can only create a simple website at first. However, do what you can to still make it appear nice. As you grow your business, expand and improve your website.
The next tidbit of advice I have is to join a freelancer website and a business networking group in your area. This is a great way to be seen by other freelancers, clients and other businesses in your general area. I belong to a freelancer website and a business networking group in London. It is one of the easiest ways to draw in new customers. People will more readily make referrals to your business if they know you or if they spot you on several websites. In turn, I often refer people I come across to businesses in my business networking group.
I’ve also in the past contacted businesses that I think could do with my services. I’m not overly persistent, but it does help to send a friendly email to a business that you think you could do excellent work for and just say they can send you an email back if they are interested. That isn’t necessarily the best method, but it is good to be bold if you are are freelance graphic designer.
Overall, most customers will be drawn in to your freelance graphic design business by a good website and if you are listed in the telephone book.
Hey, Max Komazi here again and this blog is about some of the clients I have worked with in the past from the online gambling industry. I have done freelance work for many different businesses. Over the years though, I have gained a lot more work from the online gambling industry. Online casinos are often looking for people to help improve the graphics and the entertaining fun of their games. Hiring freelance graphic designers, web developers and freelance game developers allows the casino to only pay these types of workers when they need their work. They don’t have to keep them constantly on their payroll even when they don’t need their work for their online casino.
I’m definitely not complaining though. I like the flexibility of not constantly having to work for any certain business. I get also get to do work in my own office area and not in a cubicle that was designed for a certain business. I like being able to set up my own desk and what kind of environment I have when I work. It makes me feel more comfortable and therefore I am able to create better graphic design work, than what I would create in an uncomfortable environment.
Some of the clients I’ve worked with from the online gambling industry include the likes of the online casinos: BGO Casino, Casumo Casino, Slotsmillion and Mr. Green. I have additionally done freelance graphic design work for bitcoin casinos like DrakeCasino which also happens to be the developer king of casino slot machines like the slot Spiñata Grande. Also, I have done a huge project for metatrader 4 trading platform, which has been a fun and learning process! My work for the online gambling industry is often inspired by the classic look of casinos as well as with a modernized look that draws on the appeal of the glossy and pristinely computer generated look of present day video games.
Surprisingly, the online gambling industry is actually rising in popularity among the masses. I viewed it as somewhat strange when my freelance graphic design business saw a rise in work from the online gambling industry for my talents. It isn’t so much that I dislike online gambling or gambling in general. MY surprise was based on most people I know enjoying the thrill of going to a physical location to gamble away.
Ultimately a shift in perspective has risen up seemingly with the rise in popularity of online social media, online dating and even online gaming from the likes of Xbox and Playstation. That generation that has grown up with online angles to life have really taken more so to online gambling than to always going out to a casino. Of course, physical location casinos are still fun to hang out at with some friends or family. It just is far more convenient and alluring to many younger people to go on the net and visit your favorite online casino in a matter of seconds while you are curled up on the sofa with your feet up or lying on your bed before you go to sleep. I myself have played more online casino games lately and specially the ones that offer casino free spins. If the interest strikes me, than actually going to a casino. I suppose I also do it so I understand what looks appealing with online casinos to help me improve my work for them. It is very easy and convenient though to just pop online to play some fun online casino games. It is somewhat similar to the appeal of playing on the Xbox live or Playstation online. I’ve even recommended my chums and family to visit online casinos more often simply because it is easy and fun to check out if that sort of thing interests you.