I've tried sites like elance and guru, but I keep getting outbid by overseas labor. After several months, I wasn't able to secure even one single project. It seems I am also losing a lot of my local business and repeat customers to cheaper workers as well. Craigslist is a complete hit or miss (lots of people wanting to waste your time on that website). The web forums I used to get work in are now ghost towns.
For many years I ran a very profitable and successful design business but these days it feels like work is becoming harder and harder to find. Am I alone here or are other designers/developers feeling this crunch too?
I don't like making excuses. I hate complaining. And I'm definitely NOT giving up as I don't want to go back to a 9-5 grind. I want to attract new clients and customers, but unsure of where to start looking. Anyone have any advice?