Finding freelance work can be tough, especially if you’re just starting out or not too well known in the community. A lot of people try to find some clients for a few weeks and when they can’t, they give up and think that there’s just too much competition for jobs out there today. But is there?
If you’re looking for work locally, then it’s entirely possible that your market is already overly saturated, but I doubt it. There’s always someone looking for a freelancer. As a matter of fact, I started my own business in the middle of our last recession, and was always scheduled.
When it comes to freelancing, we’re not limited to our own towns or markets. So, your town’s economy is a bit slow? Try New York City. Try another country. The awesome thing about being a freelancer is that you don’t have to meet your clients in person. So, even if there are tons of freelancers, there’s always more work.
Of course, when you’re not having any luck getting work and you’re always competing for work, it may feel like there’s too much competition, but perhaps you’re just looking for work in all of the wrong places.
Posted October 16, 2010 in News
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A few months ago, I fell into one of those ruts that every freelancer eventually lands in. You know the one. Business is okay–it’s neither up nor down. Your clients seem to dictate your schedule and “tyranny of the urgent” feels like your new business motto.
These phases of your career are deceiving. As you sit there in your underwear putting out client fires, you think to yourself: “I’m busy, so what’s there to complain about? Plus, I’m working in my underwear.” Yet, deep down, something feels amiss. You’re slogging along–and you know it.
I knew something had to change. I also realized I couldn’t do it on my own, so I recruited the help of another freelancer and we started meeting every Monday morning to set goals, provide encouragement, and hold one another accountable. Our group has now grown to three and I’m convinced every freelancer needs a group like this. It was one of the best decisions I ever made for myself and my business.
What do you do when a potential client calls you about a project opportunity? Do you know what questions to ask…and in what order? Do you know what “next steps” you’ll suggest based on the information you gather?
OK…so developing a sales process is not the most exciting activity in the world. But somewhere during my 11 years in sales, I came to the realization that even a mediocre process beats no process at all.
In fact, following a well-defined process can not only help you improve your sales effectiveness as a freelance professional, but it can also help you stay relaxed, boost your confidence and save you a great deal of time and effort.
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