Knowing how to get clients as a freelancer is half the work as a
If you have been offering freelance services for a while now, I have no doubt that you are perfectly aware of the fact that it isn’t just about getting clients as a freelancer. It’s about getting clients as a freelancer who actually pays well.
I mean, I can guarantee that every single freelancer out there has faced downright terrible clients that want to pay you less than minimal wage for top notch work. Or even worse, try to slip one from under you and get your work for free.
So today, my blog post is dedicated to telling you my top 4 tips on how to get more freelance clients that …
a) don’t hustle you out of what you deserve to be paid
b) respect and trust in your creative freedom
c) offer one time jobs that have the chance of converting into a continuous working relationship
If you are ready to find out how to get more freelance clients like these, tune in for more 😉
4 Tips on How to Get More High Flyin’ Freelance Clients
1. Focus on Building Your Platform
If you are anything like me, you have a busy life.
Whether it be school, work, family, friends, social activities, sporting activities etc. you have so many things on your plate that you can’t keep wasting your time pitching endlessly to hundreds of potential freelance clients every day.
For me, due to my specific nature of living, this meant that I only really have about 3-4 hours a day to work on my freelance business during the week.
So, I do freelancing part time and I sure didn’t want to spend all my limited time and energy to research and come up with a killer cold pitch to dozens of potential clients only to have none of it work out for me.
As a result, I had to smarten up and find another way.
And that is exactly what I did!
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By taking the time to create a solid platform for yourself and your freelancing services, potential freelance clients will be coming to you.
No more having to spread yourself thin just to try and go after a potential client with a minimal chance of working out. You will be getting clients as a freelancer that actually want you. How neat is that?
2. Fine Tune Your Niche
If you know anything about me, then you would know that I believe through and through that niches (and superniches) are absolutely mandatory if you want to make a living as a freelancer.
Getting clients as a freelancer isn’t always an easy thing. And it is made so much harder when you are a general freelancer (in my humble opinion).
For example, there is a reason why a heart surgeon earns a higher annual income than a GP. Or why an orthodontist typically earns more than a general dentist.
The recurring trend here is that those who specialize, earn more.
One trouble that I often hear freelancers get into is the fact that
For instance, if a legal firm needed to hire a writer to draft some documents for them, who do you think they will be more likely to hire – a general freelance writer or a freelance legal writer?
The second option, hands down.
High quality clients who are willing to pay the big bucks wants to hire freelancers that specialize in their desired niche.
Main moral of the story?
Niche down to get less crummy job offers, more high paying clients and greater creative freedom.
3. Always Exceed Expectations
This should go without saying that if you always do your best to go above and beyond, you will definitely be able to get more work.
For example, if a client first hires you to do a small job, if you show them that you are a freelancer that does more than expected, then they will be more likely to hand you (on a silver platter no less) a bigger, better job that pays more and offers more creative freedom.
But, when I say that you should offer to do ‘more’, this doesn’t mean that you should be wasting your valuable time and energy and do too much.
You want to win high paying clients that respect you and your work. Not low paying cheapskates trying to milk you out for every penny that they’ve paid you for!
So, some ideas that you could incorporate into your freelancing business is to…
- Complete your work before your deadlines
- Be prompt in replying to your clients even if it is on the weekends of ‘after hours’ (especially if you have remote freelance jobs and have clients living all over the globe)
- Make the work on their end as light and breezy as a whiff of pine nut air freshener 😉
- Not being ‘stingy’ to a fault i.e. if you got paid to create a 500 word article, don’t avoid writing a 600 word article if it helps to capture your client’s needs better.
4. Follow Up
Surely, it can be of no great surprise that clients will undoubtedly get busy. In fact, they might just very well have more than one freelancer working for them on call and as a result, completely forget about you and give their job to the freelancer that has been actively keeping in touch with them.
At first, when I began as a freelance writer, I had a lot of difficulty pitching to clients actively on a consistent basis. I was used to pitching for new jobs and new clients (and I was pretty good at it), but putting myself shamelessly out there for existing clients? I was a total mess.
But, after learning through lost jobs that what I really should have been doing was to keep myself and my services in the forefront of my existing clients’ minds, I began to truly appreciate the importance of following up with your existing/previous freelance clients and i) asking whether they have any work they need to have done and ii) pitching ideas of possible things that they might need.
So, if you have found this one great client, did a single project and haven’t heard back from them in a month, all I have to say is this…
Pick up your game and craft that smashing email! Tell them exactly how wonderful it was to have worked for them and that you have some more amazing ideas that could work well on their blog. Usually, if you give them some brand new ideas (or paint a different vision for
So there you go ya freelancing champ! Those are my top 5 tips for landing high flyin’ clients consistently.
And if you need more help to kickstart your freelancing career and actually make it a profitable side hustle with the very real potential of becoming a
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