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9 Ways to Find Great Leads for Your Freelance Business

Freelancing is hard on it’s own and finding places to get work can be even more daunting. We always get asked “where can I find freelance work?” and the answer is relatively simple. Everywhere depending on the type of work you do.

The following ideas may not work for everyone but, most will, so read the list and see what applies to your specific type of freelancing. Yo will probably find most of them work for you.

  1. Job Boards. There are quite a few job sites on-line and you should take advantage of them to grow your business. Businesses also troll the sites looking for those who can produce the work they require. So, you should join as many as possible to get your name and business out there for companies to find you. Freelancer, Elance, Behance and others. Do a search for freelancing jobs.

Keep your price and don’t low-ball just to get the project. Low-ballers are expected to give low prices no matter what the project. You don’t want to become one of those…do you? Do a great job and give feedback right away. This puts you in the professional league.

  1. Social Groups. This can be tricky, but you never know what company is looking through social sites to find the right candidate and that could be you. Join the groups that you think can help advance your career and don’t join everyone as a shotgun method. That really doesn’t work and can take up a lot of time answering people questions or trying to be helpful.

The most important part is to not sell yourself. This is taboo in many groups and they will put you out if you do it. The thing to do is to be helpful. If someone has a question; answer it if you can. If you have a question; post it to see who responds. Try to keep the exchange going and you may gain a contact or even a freelance gig. But don’t just rely on social to get work. You need to expand into other areas listed in this article.

  1. Check Local. Your town may have much small business that may need help with design or advertising. You could send them a postcard with your information or if you are confident you could go right to the business and give your sales pitch. Also; joining the Chamber of Commerce could get you a lot more connections. Just be sure to have enough professionally printed business cards and have your elevator speech memorized.
  2. Printers. Printers are always looking for someone to help with graphics or may even have customer looking for someone. Make contact and see how you can help them with your design abilities.
  3. Networking. Here you will find many local events where business people congregate to meet other business people. You can find these on Meet-Up.
  4. Ad Agencies. There are a lot of agencies out there, so you can send them your portfolio (a PDF professionally done) and have them keep it until they need someone or they may even call after getting it. You never know, so give it a try.
  5. Designers. Here is where knowing other designers could land you a good paying gig. You are wondering why other designers would help? Because they probably are not doing the same type of work you do. You are a graphic logo design and the other designer just does brochures. See the connection? Also; they may have an overload of work and need help.

  • Clients. Past or current clients may be able to point you in the right direction for more work if they like what you have already done for them. Give them a call and see if it pans out. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.
  • 9. Local Events. Volunteer and local events may be able to put you in touch with the right people, but you have to attend them. Check your local paper for any events and give them a call to see how you could help. FYI: This is the only time to give out your work for free.

    Hopefully these work for you or you may even have more ideas. Please share them with us in the comments below. Thank you.

    The Creative Tablet Staff


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