how to freelance

New to the site, new to ID. 25 years old, and left mech. engineering a year ago b/c it wasn’t right…no creative outlets. I want to freelance, but I’m wondering how does a new designer find clients? Do you have to go to ID school before anyone will touch you, or can you build a portfolio and shop it around?

If you’ve got Mech Engineering background, why not try looking for ID firms that need ME freelance help? It’s good way to get a foot in the door, allows for creativity, and gives you a taste of the industry to see if you want to go back to school for a design degree.