what is a designer-maker?
Those who both design and make their own products, who bring together their creative ideas and making skills in individual production of their designs. Designer- makers also represent designers involved in the small-scale batch production of goods. (Source: www.makersyard.com)
one of the top tips is this:-
Market yourself as well as your work or services. Do you know how to define your own skills – are you a specialist or generalist? Can you say what you are good at in great detail and show proof?
It's important to have the communication skills to tell people what you can do, what you like and why – use your personality to connect with people over it. Make it clear why you're different. (Source: Guardian Professional)