Finding Clients and Jobs
Finding work when times are quiet is a challenge for any freelancer. Happily, here at FreelanceSwitch we have just what you need!
Jump over to our freelancer job board to find jobs immediately, traverse our huge collection of job sites, scan through an awesome list of lead generation ideas, and learn how to land jobs on job bidding sites. If you need to improve your sales pitch, learn to draw new leads magnetically to you, or market your work cheaply, then don’t worry — we have you covered.
Freelancing is largely about finding work, that’s why we have a large part of the site dedicated to doing just that. Join our FreelanceSwitch subscription and you’ll get access to apply for jobs on the Freelance Job Board.
There are a number of job sites where you can find freelance client leads and bid on new jobs. This list has one purpose: to massively increase your source of potential clients and potential jobs. We update this list periodically with new job sites.
Here are 101 great ideas to help you get some new client leads! The great thing about this list is that you can pick out the options which suit you and go for it. Many of them are free, and lots of these ideas will take less than an hour or two to do.
Getting a new lead referred to you by a previous client or friend is probably the single best source of work for most freelancers. Not only do referrals usually happen organically but they tend to start off with a high degree of trust and positive expectation. Most often the best new clients will come from referrals. In this article Cyan discusses what you can do to encourage more referral leads.
If you’re not having any luck responding to job ads, then you may need to work on how you’re doing it. This article gives some tough-love guidance to those of us searching for work online but perhaps not having much success. This article also has some practical tips for designers looking for new work.
Tim Wall gives some great tips on what to do (and not do) to sell your services to potential clients. If you have loads of clients fighting with each other for the chance to hire you, then you’re in a great position. Otherwise, check this article out and learn to sell your services to potential clients with more success.
This article is geared primarily to writers, but these tips are applicable to all freelancers. Learn to go further to you sell yourself and your work in tandem.
If you want to survive as a freelancer, you’ve got to learn the wily ways of marketing your freelance services. Luckily, marketing skills aren’t that difficult, once you learn some basic ideas, and for those of us on a tight budget, there are some free or cheap ways to do that.
Lea Woodward shares eight tactics that will help you land jobs on job bidding sites. Whether you’re looking for a higher volume of work, building your portfolio, or looking for long term client’s Lea has some suggestions for you.
In this article Chris Garrett shows how becoming memorable, credible, and well connected will draw clients to you. Develop a hook that makes you remarkably stand out from other freelancers in your field. Discover how to grow your freelance brand into a premium commodity.
Learn how approach leads with offers they can’t refuse. Competitive analysis allows any freelancer a significant advantage. For this analysis, you need only three free websites to gain dizzying amounts of information on your prospect and their competitor. Learn more about this systematic approach to landing high-value clients.
Give away your advice for free, and you can grow your business and make much more money long term. Grow a popular blog or newsletter by giving away helpful advice and you can establish yourself as an authority. Once an authority you’ll have more business coming your way than you can get done. Learn how Leo did it with growing a top 100 blog.