Some freelancers get almost all of their clients based on referrals and word-of-mouth. Others get almost all of their business through paid adverting.
Some freelance businesses operate locally, and get the majority of their work in a single region. Other freelancers choose to operate online, doing work for clients all across the globe.
Many freelancers do a little of everything.
Where does your business come from?
Do you prefer word of mouth, or paid advertising? Maybe cold-calling? Do you have other secret methods that you could share with the community?
In this open thread, let’s look at all of the different ways freelancers find new business — by comparing results we should be able to find out which methods work the best, and hopefully help some people make a bit more money :-)
Let’s answer the following questions in the comments:
- What’s your specialty? Design? Development? Writing? (as a point of reference)
- Are most of your clients local or long-distance?
- How do your clients find you? Word of mouth, advertising, other?