MemberDecember 22, 2020 at 9:35 pm13 Coins0 Gems
I have been very curious on how do you land your first client? I am working as a jr. analyst for better part of the year and now wish to start taking up freelance projects. But how do I approach or to put it more accurately, where do I look for my first client?
MemberDecember 23, 2020 at 8:34 am434 Coins102 GemsLevel: Amateur
There are a lot of ways you can land your first client. In most cases your first client will be someone from your network. It is advised that you are vocal about the services you’re going to provide. You gotta let people know that you’re selling in order for them to start buying. Then you can use social media, word of mouth, freelance websites, a bit of local advertising. Getting your first client depends a lot on how confident you are, and how well you’ve structured your services.
AdministratorDecember 23, 2020 at 9:40 am11501 Coins567 GemsLevel: Veteran
@VincentGerner that’s a great advise.
@gaetano85 I would also suggest you work on expanding your network. Go to gatherings with people in your field, or potential clients. Remember, sometimes a personal bond is necessary for business relationship which may require trust.
Also getting a clear business model and service structure ready is the right way to go.
MemberDecember 24, 2020 at 10:31 pm11 Coins0 Gems
Me getting my first client was an absolute luck. I was talking to a friend when someone overheard me (quite unusual) and asked if I have any experience in web designing with mobile first approach. I told him I do, and he asked me for my portfolio. I sent over my portfolio through email and I had my first client. The gig paid around $1500 and I worked with him for about 2 years. I still do some small projects for him and in fact got 3 other clients from his referral. So you see, it’s luck most of the time. But I will state that having a good network is very important. Now I constantly get offers and have to turn down few cause of low man power. And it is all cause of my network. It started with my first client and has grown ever since.
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