Networking is one of the appropriate ways to move forward in terms of finding clients. Freelancers can either go for local networking or online networking or BOTH!.
Local Networking: Local networking refers to networking within some groups or through friends, companies, referrals etc. This is the initial step which a beginner can take where he can circulate message regarding getting projects based on his skills. Apart from that, he can simply find out some names using search engines or websites and can contact them either directly or through referrals. Attend seminars and put up your proposals to the business people. Beginner freelancers can also execute this process at several places such as by having a mere discussion with some business person over a meeting. They can also meet business people through few websites where business meetings are organized.
Online Networking: Online networking is a strong environment where you can showcase your work profile and skills to various clients based on the platform you want to go with. Social networking platforms are beneficial when you have a thought of getting a web design client. LinkedIn groups and Facebook groups are of great use as there you can find clients with ease. Apart from that online working sites or job sites are also useful to track few clients for web design projects.