Time to try and get some work - where do I start?
So, I've been working towards trying to become a graphic designer since august 2018. I've spent a lot of time learning software tools, and design principles and done lots of practice work during that time. I made a portfolio website earlier this month (using adobe portfolio).
I've allowed myself to become distracted with other things this past month or so which has led to a lot of wasted time and ultimately ended up going nowhere, but I've learned a few lessons from it at least of how not to do some things. I've called time on that now and am back ready to focus on making a go of this career change.
Whilst I am far from done learning (there will always be something to learn of course), the time has come to start trying to get some work doing this. I know it's not going to be easy and not be exciting work to begin with but I need to start somewhere.
However, I don't really think I have a clue what I'm doing with regards to this area, marketing myself, etc!
The only idea I had so far (a pretty obvious one) is that I go around local businesses and let them know I exist and what I can do for them. Is this an old fashioned way of doing things and/or are there any other suggestions of how I can let people know I actually exist and can provide them with a good service?
The thought of actually going to people and trying to promote myself is pretty terrifying, but I realise it's something I need to do if I want to get anywhere. My expectations are fully managed - I know it's not going to be anything big at first, or likely to be for a long time, but I need to start somewhere and start making some progress.
Any thoughts/suggestions much appreciated.