How To Find Clients For Your Freelancing Business

How To Find Clients For Your Freelancing Business

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A question that I am often asked is how a freelancer can find clients. They believe in their products/services but don’t know where to start when it comes to finding good clients.

Looking for clients to sell your services to is step one to becoming a successful freelancer. If there are no clients, then it would be pretty hard to make a living from freelancing.

Yes, it would be great if all clients came directly to you, but sometimes you need to put yourself out there in order to add clients to your business.

Find a freelance job board in your niche.

A freelance job board is when someone will post a position they need filled (such as a weekly staff writer or an editor), and what the steps are to apply for the position. Usually many different positions from all different companies will be posted on here, which makes it a little easier to find a potential job.

I really like the Pro Blogger Job Board. i have found a couple of job boards there myself and there seems to be new jobs posted there every day.

Ask those you know.

In the beginning, you may be afraid to e-mail others and ask for a position, but don’t! You never know if a potential client is looking for your exact service. You might actually be doing them a favor by going to them first.

If you are looking for something such as a staff writing position, then e-mail various websites that you might want to work for might be a great start to finding something.

Network.

Like I always say, networking is extremely important. Networking can help you find out about future job openings and new projects. If you make good and long-lasting contacts with others, then this might mean that one of your contacts may refer someone to you down the road.

I do this all the time. I receive e-mails nearly every week where someone will ask me if I know someone who provides a certain service such as host migrations, graphic design and so on. I then refer them to someone that I know.

Or, if I know that I am too busy for a certain project, then I will refer this potential client to someone else.

Attend conferences in your niche.

I attended FinCon and I do believe that it was well worth it. I found many potential clients and I heard about many job openings on various websites. Attending a conference can be a great way to find potential clients for your services.

Use job websites.

Freelance websites can be a great way to find work. Sometimes they don’t pay the greatest, but if you are looking to build up your portfolio and hopefully find long-term contacts, then it can be a way to get your name out there to clients who may have not been able to find your services otherwise.

Some of these websites include:

  1. Craigslist
  2. oDesk
  3. Elance
  4. Guru
  5. Freelancer

How do you find your clients? What’s your best tip?

 

Tips To Land That Online Job

Tips To Land That Online Job

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Something that I am e-mailed a good amount about is how a person can land an online job.  I have had a decent amount of online jobs, and I’m always out there looking for new ones. I feel like a professional in applying for online jobs!

I believe that obtaining an online position is similar to an offline position, and should be treated similarly.

 

Do people even know what you do?

If no one knows what services you offer, then how are they supposed to find you and hire you? Yes, word of mouth is important, but you should have a website or SOMETHING that lists your services. It makes things so much easier!

Ask those in your network.

Saying this in public may mean I will be buried in e-mails, but I occasionally am asked if I know anyone who provides high quality work in things such as website design, blog related tasks and so on, and I tend to dish them out to those who are awesome and are looking for freelance jobs.

Your network is your friend. If you are looking for a job, then I am sure there is some job out there that fits what you are looking for.

If you regularly talk to those in your network, then they might refer others to you.

So, always stay in touch with your network!

Keep in mind that there is a line between being annoying and asking nicely. If you ask your network (such as posting on a forum) 100 times per day, then you might be pushing your luck and you may actually push people away. Find a healthy balance and approach people correctly.

Search yourself.

Even though it is an online job, are you still professional with the way that you conduct yourself online? For example, if you run a business and you are constantly rude on your business Twitter account (such as yelling at people for no reason), then this will probably make a potential client run in the other direction.

Pick up the phone.

Even though e-mail may be easy, occasionally you will need to actually talk on the phone, have a video session, or meet in person. Many people prefer the phone because they want to know who they are talking to – makes complete sense!

Dress the part.

Even though you are working online, you might occasionally have to attend meetings. Or you might even have a Skype session. Showing up in unprofessional clothes (such as pajamas!) definitely won’t help you at all.

Follow up.

Just like with an offline job, you should follow-up with a position that you have applied for. You never know, your e-mail may have been lost.

What tips do you have for someone trying to land an online job?

Should an online job be treated differently than an offline job?

 

How Can I Become A Full-Time Blogger?

How do I become a full-time blogger? This is a question that I hear a lot.

I’m not sure if you could say that I’m a full-time blogger, but most of my services do revolve around blogging and managing other companies’ websites.

Blogging is a lot of fun, but there are many things that go along with making an amount from blogging that you can actually live off of.

I personally would not feel comfortable just living off of my blog income alone, and that is why I try to keep myself very diversified with my online services and the clients who I work for.

Many of the steps about how to blog full-time also apply to freelancing full-time:

Do you already have a blog?

Before you decide that you want to become a full-time blogger, you should of course try blogging. I think many people view blogging in the wrong way. Many think that you can just sit down, type an article in 10 minutes and be completely done.

I have seen many people tell me that they want to blog full-time and they really believe that it would work for them. However, soon after trying it out, they find out that blogging is not for them at all.

That’s what’s great about blogging though – it’s super cheap to determine if it’s for you!

There are many things that go on behind the scenes of blogging. It’s hard to explain how time-consuming it is unless you actually start a blog!

Do you have something that people want to read?

If you want to become a full-time blogger, then I do think that you should have something that people want to read. If you don’t, well, I’m not sure how you could make enough of an income to live off of.

Determine what you will write about and what your niche will be. Will you be a mommy blogger? Lifestyle blogger? Personal finance blogger? There are many niches out there.

How will you make money from your blog?

If you want to become a full-time blogger, then I am going to assume that you will need to find a way to make money from it.

There are many different ways to make money from blogging full-time. You can place affiliate links on your website, sell advertising, place Adsense or Blogher ads and more. You could even write an eBook.

And, if you want to branch out a little from your personal blog, you could provide services to other bloggers such as staff writing, commenting services, and website management.

Are you able to keep yourself motivated?

If you become a full-time blogger, you most likely will not have anyone there to tell you what to do. Will you be able to keep yourself motivated or will you become lazy?

Are you fine with working by yourself?

Working by yourself can be pretty lonely. Luckily, in my previous day job I hardly ever had human interaction, so it was something that I was used to. I knew that working by myself would not bother me.

However, for others, this is a big negative to blogging full-time. You need to figure out what will work for you.

How are your finances?

Before I switched to freelancing, I made sure to have enough in my emergency fund. The blogging world is not stable, and I wanted to be prepared just in case anything happened.

I also wanted my student loans to be gone. I had around $40,000 and paid them off this past Summer. If I wouldn’t have paid those off then I do think it would have been really hard to leave my stable day job.

You need to determine what kind of financial situation you are comfortable with.

Do you want to become a full-time blogger or writer? Why or why not?

What tips do you have for someone who wants to become a blogger?