Ways to Gain Clients

Irrespective of whether you have just started freelancing or you are an experienced pro, you will have to agree that looking for clients is a lot like hunting. There are many things that are important when trying to grow your business. You need a merchant service provider, valuable clients, great service and so on.  There are plenty of animals in the forest, but if you want to bag that one prize that will have you eating for months and a legend you can boast about for ages (on your professional portfolio), you should know where to look.

Freelance Sites

When it comes to finding clients, the easiest method is by registering through online freelance sites. These sites are designed to bring contractors (freelancers) together with employers. All of these sites require some kind of fee, but most of them take the fee out of what the client pays and not what the contractor receives. Registering on these sites is easy, and you get to upload your professional resume, your cover letter, your portfolio, and some of these sites will even allow you to set your own hourly rate.

These sites have thousands of jobs listed, but be sure to sift through the dross to get to the gold beneath, because out of the thousands of jobs listed, only a hundred or so will meet your skills, experience, hours, and pay rate. Why? Well, there are millions of people who are getting in on all these money making ideas so the forest is full of hunters, but the elk are scarce.

 

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Networking

Since you don’t work face to face with other employees it’s important to network with other freelancers. Why? Not only can networking with other freelancers help you sharpen your skills, but you can also share information on clients and who’s hiring. Also, networking allows you to load your hunting rifle with the better ammo so that when you aim and fire at your prey, you’ll make a clean ‘kill’. Clients are more likely to hire you if you have a reputation that sells you and your skills, even before you apply for the job.

Here are a few of the more popular social networking sites where you can create a professional page just for your freelancer persona:

Placing Classified Ads

While working freelance you may sometimes need to step out of your comfort zone and take the initiative in the direction that seems very unlikely at first. Hunting for clients sometimes means hiding out in a blind, and at other times it means stalking the prey and going after it through the underbrush. That means that you should place your own ads—freelancer seeking work. All of the sites listed above also provide opportunities for people seeking jobs to place ads, but you can also place ads in local newspapers, national magazines (especially financial or business weeklys), and online through Google and Facebook ads.

Word of Mouth

Much like hunters meeting over cold beer and sharing their hunting stories, freelancers get together and share information about clients. Not only that, if you provide excellent service to your clients, chances are that they will tell their colleagues about you—that can potentially lead to more work for you. Always providing your clients with the best of your abilities is just good practice, but it can also give you a leg up when your clients know someone who is also hiring.

Freelancers need clients, and clients are always looking for quality freelancers. So, freelancers mount up, load up, and take to the woods. It’s time to bag that prize and land that perfect client.

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