6 Ways to Getting Freelance Work Fast
Well, the first time, when we decided to try freelancing, probably the first thing searched on google was:
- What are freelancing pay rates?
- How much I can earn through freelance work?
- Who are the highest-paid freelancers?
And so on…
After seeing the prospects of flashy income, the comfort of working from home and being your own boss, the choice of becoming a freelancer was no brainer.
But just after 1 week, the reality sinks in. Now you’re thinking…
It’s not that easy as it seems…
I can’t do it…
How the hell do I get more clients or even my first client?
If that description describes you, then awesome. You have come to the right place.
If you are starting your freelance career and don’t know where to get clients, this list will help you to become the top paid freelancer very fast.
Now if you want to earn the same income as you had seen on the Internet, I can teach you the 6 ways to become the most demanded freelancer ever.
And fortunately, none of these 6 tricks are over-complicated. You don’t have to rely on viral marketing tactics or blogging or any other typical advice you read when you google for “how to find freelance clients?”
You will simply have to show your value and close the deal.
So, let’s wait no further.
How to Get a Freelancing Client?
Depending upon your skill and expertise level, the places you will find freelance work can be categorized into two groups:
- Small-Value Clients
- Networking Events
- Location of Clients
- High-Value Clients
- Cold Email To Potential Clients
- Job Boards
Let’s dive deeper into this
How to get Small Value Clients?
When I come into contact with new freelancers, I’m usually flooded with questions from them along the lines of, “How would I get a dozen clients in a week?”
My answer: Try to get just one.
Freelancers are so engrossed with amassing as many clients in the line that they simply neglect the importance of getting their first client and afterward scaling from that point.
I know Craigslist is not that famous among freelancers… but hey! that’s good for you.
Yet, between the live duck parties, the crazy things on sale, and blown chances of finding love, the site is an incredible place to find freelance work.
Furthermore, you can do it with the aptly named Craigslist Penis Effect (CPE).
The CPE is the situation wherein every other person is so awful that, by being only slightly average, you look multiple times superior to your competition.
Consider the cheap numbskull on Craigslist sending photos of his average masculinity to ladies on the personals area again and again with no results. Rather, if they just composed a couple of semi-mindful messages, they’d definitely find someone liking them.
You can use that precise structure to discover incredible clients on Craigslist. And if you put effort to write an incredible email contacting these organizations, you’ll promptly isolate yourself from 99.9999% of others on the site who are simply sending boring standard messages that will accomplish nothing for them.
So go on the Craigslist workboard for your particular market. Here are the links for a couple of normal freelance work out there:
NOTE ON FREELANCE-FOCUSED JOB SITES:
There are numerous “freelance centered” websites out there, for example, Upwork or Fiverr. But, except if you’re totally a novice at the sort of gigs you need to do (in which case, these sites can give you that experience), I propose you stay with Craigslist.
Don’t get me wrong. I love websites like Upwork and Fiverr… however just as a customer. I can get the absolute best people online to do freelance work for me at a very modest rate on these sites. Sound unfair? Completely. Yet, that is how it is.
2. Networking Events
I know what you’re thinking: Networking occasions SUCK.
However, that is on the grounds that people regularly go to them searching for clients.
Try not to be that creeper at the networking event. Rather, go to systems networking events to discover CONNECTORS. These are individuals who may not end up being a client, yet can help introduce you with potential clients
Since you realize that you’re not going to discover leads at networking events, you’re not going to go in there and attempt to always pitch your business. Rather, you will discover connectors.
Here’s a decent content you can use to start your talk with a connector:
“Hello, on the off chance that you know any individual who’s searching for a content writer, let me know. Here’s my card. You can give it to them.”
If you live in a major city, networking events are very common. In the event that you don’t, that is alright. There may be a couple in your general vicinity happening every so often.
Make certain to look at event boards/sites like to know whereabouts of extraordinary networking events.
- Meetup.com. Probably the greatest site for friendly meet-ups and networking events
- Eventbrite.com. This site tells you about a wide range of events happening close to you. It likewise has a “networking” occasion filter in its search function.
- Facebook. Regardless of your industry, there’s a gathering of similar freelancers on Facebook for you. Ordinarily, these groups will inform you of up and coming occasions you can go to
3. Clients’ Location
No, this doesn’t mean stalk potential customers and go to where they live (except if you want a restraining order).
Rather, you will go online to the places where potential customers may visit.
- If you are a Graphic Designer/ Writer or Digital Marketer?
Discover a Facebook or subreddit group for entrepreneurs who need your services.
- If you are a writer for a specific industry?
Start addressing inquiries on Quora in regards to your specialty.
- Perhaps you’re a Video Editor.
Find online groups for bloggers hoping to grow their media team.
Regardless of what you choose, you have to ensure you remain connected with and give top-notch answers to your potential customer. By doing this you build your image and make associations that you would never have another way.
Everything returns to the 80/20 principle. The effort you put in now will pay off in the future.
How To Get Higher Value Freelancing Clients?
Referrals from existing customers could be one of the easiest ways to get more customers as well as get more for your services too.
I have a friend who used to do periodic freelance work as a side hustle for a little consulting firm. The work paid $25/hour — however sooner or later, she needed to earn more in light of the fact that:
The company’s proprietor was extremely muddled and non-responsive.
$25/hour didn’t add up as much as she needed to earn.
So I recommended that she do two things: Ask her present clients for referrals and raise her cost for them.
As it turned out, one of her favored customers was glad to refer her to somebody he knew at another organization.
“You wouldn’t trust it,” she disclosed to me one day. “I cited him $50 an hour and he didn’t flicker. Crap! I should have asked more.”
Indeed! That is what I’m talking about.
Here are the reasons referrals work so well:
- Raise your cost when you get referred every time.
A lot of freelancers fall into the snare of keeping their rates similar when they get referred imagining that their old customer told the potential customer your rate (they didn’t). Try not to DO THIS!! Your old customer increased the value of your work by prescribing you. Mirror that at a higher rate.
- More Incentive to do great work.
This is one more case of why you need to treat each customer that comes your way with deference while going well beyond to give them world-class services. There are always areas where you can increase value, and it’ll just support your customers and yourself.
- You get more paying customers.
In the event that you charge more, that implies you’ll begin to get rid of the top-notch customers who can bear the cost of you from the lower quality ones. Likewise, by paying you more, they’re more averse to waste your time and cash. It’s a win-win
- Multiply your payroll.
My friend went from $25 an hour full time ($52,000/year before taxes) to $50 hour ($104,000/year before taxes). This is a MASSIVE WIN.
Referrals are a straightforward yet amazing way to begin charging more. In addition to the fact that it allows you to expand your rates, but at the same time you’re ready to acquire customers.
What’s more, the most time to request a referral is directly after you’ve delivered a high-value service to your customer.
When you’ve provided extraordinary service, you can request referrals and breathe a sigh of relief knowing that your customer will be promoting your business for you.
You can utilize a similar script to the one you use at networking events:
I’m so glad to hear that you making the most of my work. On the off chance that you are aware of someone else who’s asking for my services, I’d be appreciative if you passed my contact info along to them.
It’s basic, direct, and gets results.
5. Cold Email
If you follow the right techniques while writing to your potential clients, cold email can certainly produce results, however, a poorly written email will end up in the spam list of your client.
Follow these techniques and I’m sure that you will be able to convince 80% of your clients:
- Show that You know them: Your email will be trashed in 10 seconds if that appears like mail send to 100 other people. Try to show the client that you know him and his needs. And then tell how can you help him. Don’t be miser complimenting his works.
- Made them feel cared: Let’s be honest: in all likelihood, the individual you’re trying to email will be a busy person. That is the reason you want him to give a damn. In case you and the individual you’re messaging have a previous association, drop that in the message and address a subject that will matter to him.
- Made an offer they can’t refuse: Well, if you are just starting out, it would be better to provide more to your clients in less pay. As in starting, positive feedbacks and reviews might help you more than a few extra bucks. I’m not saying to work for free. Just try to go an extra mile for providing value to him. By the time he ends reading your email, he should be clamoring to call you.
6. Job Boards
The best place to get clients who know precisely what they need (and, in this way, are happy to pay as much as possible for it) are industry-specific job boards.
These are job boards explicit to specific industries that can assist you with producing extraordinary leads. In the event that your hustle is niched down enough, you’ll have the option to get customers from a wide range of job boards.
Here are some of the few job boards according to different niches.
- Media/publishing: MediaBistro.com, JournalismJobs.com
- Healthcare/pharmaceuticals: AllPharmacyJobs.com, HealthcareJobSite.com
- Non-profit: Idealist.com, Encore.com, CommonGoodCareers.org
- Developer/engineer: iCrunchData.com, Engineering.com, Toptal.com, SmashingMagazine.com
- Illustrators/Designers: 99designs.com, Designs.net