Open Thread: Where Do You Find Your Freelancing Work?

There are many ways for freelancers to get work. We've covered a lot of those methods on Freelance Folder including: direct mail, cold calling, social media, job boards, bidding sites, and more. Some freelancers even post advertisements. Freelancers can, and do, find clients in all of those ways. We asked this question over two years ago (and we got some great responses), but as you probably would agree, the … [Read more...]

Three (Almost) Foolproof Sources of New Freelance Clients

Life can be a bit of a roller coaster for freelancers. Whether you’re a copywriter, web designer, or anything else, getting regular contracts that can pay for your bread and butter is a priority. When you’ve got them, things couldn’t be better, and your working life can run very smoothly. When you’re left with next to no work to do, on the other hand, you can be left questioning whether this lifestyle is for … [Read more...]

5 Advanced Google Search Tips for Freelance Gig Hunting and Niche Research

Established and experienced freelancers are unlikely to use Google to find paid gigs. They already have a collection of their favorite job boards that have proven to be effective for them and which they frequent. However, what has worked for some people might not work for you. If you are just starting or if you want to broaden the job sources you are currently using, Google is a great place to browse. No … [Read more...]

Are Bidding Websites Good for Freelancers to Use?

Is “bid” a dirty word? If so, no one told me until I had already started the dirty task of bidding. Now, people ask me all the time: Are those bidding websites (e.g., oDesk, Project4Hire and Elance) legit? Seasoned writers often look down their noses at me and say in a snarky tone, “You bid on jobs?” And writers who are just getting started ask me if these sites are scams. Yes, they are legit. Yes, I bid. … [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...]

Top 3 Ways I Find Clients

Finding clients is one of the biggest challenges for any freelancer. Even when you're fully booked, you need to have your sights set on the future--after you finish your current projects. In the ideal world, clients and projects will come in a steady stream. However, for most freelancers, the more common experience is that described as "feast or famine." You're either so booked that you barely have time to … [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...]

How to Really Use Twitter to Find More Freelance Work

"Twitter is vital to finding freelancing work." "Twitter a waste of time." If you've been around the freelancing community very long, you've probably heard both comments. But, which is it? Is Twitter an important way to find way for freelancers to find work, or is it a waste of a freelancer's time? The answer depends. It's certainly possible to waste time on Twitter if you use it … [Read more...]

How to Find Freelance Jobs through Effective Forum Networking

What if I told you a means that you could use to increase the number of prospects and clients that you get for your business? Would you follow my advice? In the excitement of using social media tools, many freelancers have completely overlooked an older means of networking--forum participation. Regular participation in the right forums can provide you with job leads. Now, I'm not against social media. … [Read more...]