Finding a client isn’t always easy, and you might not be sure where to start. Fortunately, there are many different ways you can seek out clients.
There are sites online that can help you link up with people who have jobs to offer, or you can “cold call” businesses in the area. You might try using social media to solicit work or opt to look for work in the local paper. Here are a few different ideas that can help you land that first gig.
1. Check Online Job Boards
Job boards come in many shapes and sizes online. With a business such as Upwork you have the opportunity to look for available jobs and to bid/apply for the jobs you’d like. If you’re selected, you receive your very first gig!
2. Call local businesses
Check out the websites of local businesses. If they don’t have one, this is a great place to start. You can call and offer your services in getting them online if you design websites, offer to manage their social media personal or perform other tasks for them. If you’re new to freelancing, offer a rate that is fair in accordance with what you offer. You can search online to find fair pricing from other local professionals working in your field.
3. Solicit work online
Looking for work on Facebook? Try creating an ad offering your services. For only a few dollars a day, you can have hundreds of people see your add offering your services. Direct them to your page, so they can message you if they’re interested. You can also message businesses and individuals online while asking if they’d be interested in your services.
4. Go old school with the local paper
Yes, the newspaper is still a thing! Companies post remote positions and projects in the job-related section of the newspaper. If you’re not keen on looking for work in that section, consider taking out an ad to promote your skills to anyone who gets the paper at home or at their businesses.
These are four different places you can look for new clients. Try them out, and you’ll soon have your first client!