How to get more freelance projects?

almost 5 years ago from Kubilay Sapayer, UI / UX Designer

  • Anton StenAnton Sten, almost 5 years ago

    Hey Kubilay,

    I just wrote the chapter on this for my upcoming book, Mastering Freelance so let me give you the quick version while I still have it fresh in my mind ;)

    • Use your network - If you can get your network to vet for you (through word-of-mouth, LinkedIn, a testimonial on your site or through introductions) this is the most beneficial thing you can get.
    • Join networks where your potential clients hang and provide value - Try to offer free advice and position yourself as someone they can find valuable. That way they’ll reach out to you and you’ve positioned yourself far better.
    • Pay extra attention to recurring clients - The easiest way of not having to get new clients all the time is to keep the ones you’ve already got. Your best clients are the ones you currently have.
    • Play the long game - Things don’t always take off straight away so don’t be too hard on yourself if things don’t happen straight away. It's a cliché but hey, it really is a marathon.
    • Sometimes you have to swallow your pride - When you provide true value to clients you’ll be rewarded. Sometimes you’ll just have to start a bit lower down the food chain to be able to show them your true value.
    • Hope that helps - happy to see what others think are important!

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    • Shina Memud, almost 5 years ago

      "Sometimes you have to swallow your pride - When you provide true value to clients you’ll be rewarded. Sometimes you’ll just have to start a bit lower down the food chain to be able to show them your true value."

      I have used and keep using this strategy for many years ... works 100% for me

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      • Anton StenAnton Sten, almost 5 years ago

        Completely agree - my by far biggest client long-term, I was initially hired to just do a couple of buttons for a website. Three years later, I'm doing ongoing product design and strategy work. You never know where projects will take you until you throw yourself out there (and projects that never will take you anywhere, you can quite easily distinguish after a short while.)

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