I just wanted some advice on how I could extend my business. I am a 15 year old with a graphic design business called Depiktion. It's going quite well, I get about 5 new clients a week, but I would definitely like to make my business more of a success. Any ideas on how I could expand it? Ejatu James says: I get many letters and emails asking for an array of business advice but it’s always exciting to hear someone as young as 15 is running their own business and appears to be successful. Signing up 5 new clients per week is very impressive. Graphic Design isn’t always a core subject in schools and for this reason many don’t follow this route of study until later when they are at College or University. It is commendable to see you have started a business through your own passion of arts and design. I carried out some online research into your business to see if you had a website but I could only find a facebook page. You seem to have a diverse range of work in your portfolio. One of the first steps you should take to gain more work is to launch your own website. Many clients, especially in this industry, will want to look at a portfolio and find about more about you and the way you work. The facebook page is great place to start, however what better way to show off your designs skills than creating your own website showing people your style and expertise. Now you have established a network of clients I would suggest looking for ways to get more business from them and ask them to recommend you to their friends and family. Also ask them for testimonials, you can add them to your website and share them with prospective clients you meet. What you have achieved so far is great but you should look at getting some more experience in the world of design. To start, I would suggest looking at online forums and websites for trends in the market. Brush up on your techniques and skills. There are many tutorials on YouTube to show you how to do specific effects. Some great websites include smashingmagazine.com, behance.net, designfridge.co.uk and siteinspire.com. Next, start thinking about getting some work experience in a graphic design, advertising or branding company. You could look at the larger firms as they may have formal work shadowing programmes in place. Alternatively, research graphic design companies in your area. Smaller companies may give you more opportunity to get stuck in. Ask to shadow one of their graphic designers and also ask to shadow one of their marketers to see the design process from another angle. My final piece of advice is to look at gaining further qualifications in Graphic Design and Business. You are clearly ambitious, have a passion for design and a head for business so enhance this by continuing your studies. Extra training will give you the edge. Good luck, I hope your business continues to be a success.