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Networking to Get Clients & Referrals with Joana Galvão

An interview with
Joana Galvão


At the age of 22 Joana Galvão made the decision to leave her junior design position to start her own agency, Gif Design Studios. Within the first 10 months she made over $100K, and was able to fulfil her dream to work with ambitious and revolutionary entrepreneurs, such as Lewis Howes, Danielle LaPorte, and Selena Soo.

But how did she do it? In this interview Ian uncovers Joanas story to learn how she was able to grew her design agency through traditional face to face networking, referrals and speaking, and how you can do the same.

JoanaGalvão Interview Transcription

Ian Paget: I know you started your career as a junior at a London design agency, but you decided quite early on, to start your own business. Could you tell us a little bit more about those early days, and why you made your mind up to start your own business?

Joana Galvao: Sure. First things first was in London, I had a really big commute. I think when you have a big commute, I would do an hour and a half each way to work. You have a lot of time to think about life, so I think that’s the first thing that played a part in me leaving so early. Because, to be honest, I didn’t dislike my job. I loved it, I loved the agency, I liked my boss, and the people who I worked with a lot, but the reason why I started digging into freelancing was actually, I wanted to come home more often. I’m from Portugal, and I miss the sunshine a lot and my friends. I wanted to be able to afford that, and with my junior salary, I wasn’t being able to.