Dealing with the Freelancing/Experience Dilemma

An old cliché asks which came first--the chicken or the egg? It's a trick question, because there has to have been a chicken to produce the egg, but all chickens come from eggs. We freelancers face a similar trick question. Which should come first? Freelancing or experience in your field? It often seems that you can't have one without the other. Of course, if you can go into freelancing with a lot of … [Read more...]

20 Excellent Tips for Getting Your First Freelancing Gig

It's an exciting time! After weeks of wavering, you've finally decided to become a freelancer. You've got the skills. Maybe you've even set up a freelancing website already. You're ready and willing--but there are no clients in sight. Now what do you do? This post gives you twenty tips for finding that elusive first freelancing project. … [Read more...]

How to Get More Freelancing Visibility

There's a simple answer to the question of why you don't have more clients. Your potential clients don't know that you exist. While many freelancers don't think much about how easily they can be found by their prospects, all freelancers should consider visibility. Your freelancing ability affects whether or not you attract new clients. If your prospective clients can't find you, then they can't hire you. … [Read more...]

How to Attract Your Target Clients

We've talked before about choosing the kind of work and clients you want to work with. Knowing who you want to work with is great, but how do you find them? We're lucky enough to be in an industry where there's no shortage of work, but a lot of that work isn't worth our time and effort, so it's important that we remain somewhat picky with who we decide to work with. Attracting your target client instead of … [Read more...]

You Probably Already Do Know Your Very Next Client

A common freelancing stereotype is that a freelancer never knows where or when his or her next job is coming from--or from whom. For most of us, though, this stereotype is only partially true. Odds are that your next client is hidden somewhere among your Twitter (or other social media) followers, your previous clients, or your friends and acquaintances. Time after time, whenever we've asked freelancers … [Read more...]

How to Find Your First Client

Once you become better known in your profession, clients will constantly come to you instead of you looking for them. You'll often be so busy with work and won't need to market yourself as often. But, what do you do when you're just starting out or not well known? Before you begin getting clients, it can be tough to figure out what to do all day. That's the perfect time to make yourself well known. Finding … [Read more...]

The Best of FreelanceFolder: Our Top 10 Resources for Getting Clients

Nearly all freelancers face the problem of finding new clients. Whether you're just getting started as a freelancer, or you've been freelancing for decades: getting clients is the backbone of any business. Over the years at FreelanceFolder we've written dozens (if not hundreds) of articles on how to get clients, how to find better clients, and how to keep clients coming back for more. As our way to kick off … [Read more...]

It’s Client Week at FreelanceFolder!

You've spoken and we've listened. Getting clients is one of the most common problems that freelancers face, and here at FreelanceFolder we're making it our duty to help you meet that challenge. As a way to honor this commitment and to celebrate the upcoming launch of The Client Machine (our new client-getting product), we're going to do an entire week of articles about getting clients. Whether it's finding … [Read more...]

How to Find Work Without Using the Freelance Job Boards

You know me, I’m the Job Board Queen. I troll places like Craigslist, Indeed and ProBlogger in order to list freelance writing jobs for my community each day. Even though I list the gigs, I often encourage the members of my community to look beyond the job boards. I tell them the most lucrative opportunities aren’t always found in a classified ad. There are more freelancers now than ever and here’s something … [Read more...]