How can I find a job as a freelancer

How can I find a job as a freelancer?

Ok, let’s not kid ourselves here.
Freelancing is not that ‘you sit at home and work comes to you’ bullshit.
Reality of freelancing is – you have to fight for it, and fight hard.
The best advice I've received when it comes to freelancing is not to focus only on one platform.
The biggest advantage you can get for yourself is to promote yourself wherever you can.
This is also how I discovered " The new age of entrepreneur doesn't look to Facebook just for entertainment.
For them, it's a place of business and connections.
4th Rule: Treat your clients right
Give them bonuses from time to time or on special occasions.
When they send you a lot of projects and you'd like to thank them for their business.
Offer them free updates, or even free projects.
Those clients will never hire another artist if you are always thinking about them.
Business isn't all about making money.
It’s not about a deadline.
It's not about reaching inbox zero or that big promotion – It's simply about caring.

I recommend you start by going through websites and job boards that offer work to freelancers – I’ve compiled a list of These are always the first responses to get rejected.
Try to include some specifics about the job where the client knows you have read the description and capture their attention with evidence you are the right freelancer for the job.

3.
Don't make simple spelling mistakes in your proposal, a client will judge you before he's even reviewed your portfolio.

It juz dusnt look dat profesional wen u send a client an email that containz simple speling errors.
They wil hav serius concerns about the qwality of your deliverd work.

4.
Make sure you have an up-to-date portfolio that you're proud of.

Too many times I see freelancers with bloated portfolios and it can actually hide some of that amazing work you've delivered in the past.
You would never see Ronaldo's top 500 goals, you see his top 10.
Goals that make you go "Wow" and "That's incredible!".
Let's be honest, most people only care about number 3, 2 and 1, skipping to the end.
It should be the same for your portfolio of work, try to include pieces of work in your chosen field where you can sit back and let those amazing projects speak for themselves.
Quality over quantity, every time.

5.
When building your reputation only accept jobs which you're confident in completing successfully.

Everyone is guilty of taking on something out of their scope, pushing them to the edge.
Sometimes you have to do that so you can learn and grow as a freelancer.
But always make sure it's within a field and area where you have prior experience.
If you're a developer with years of experience in E-commerce and the client is requesting a brand new plugin which you haven't used before, but you've implemented lots similar and understand the core principles, that's ok.
What you shouldn't do is promise to be a freelance Wedding Photographer and ruin someones' memories if you've never done it before.
Obviously this is an exaggeration, but building trust and delivering what you say you will is the fastest way to getting more referrals and building a great reputation.

6.
Make sure you agree a clear set of deliverables with an agreed price (Protect against scope creep).

Make sure upfront, both parties are clear with what needs to be delivered, what's expected and what price has been agreed (Ideally in writing, not on Skype).
If there is not a clear agreement in place from the beginning, the project will most likely turn into something much larger and it's nearly impossible to end with both sides being happy.
Again it's all about setting expectations and being honest from the start.

7.
Network, network, network.

Join meetups and find local groups of people who share a passion for your area of expertise.
Help out other freelancers and send them leads of projects you've heard about which don't fit your skill set, also recommend them if you are confident in their ability to execute on the project.
A lot of freelancers will be able to get enough work through word of mouth and referrals once you've built up a network and reputation, the same applies across almost all industry verticals.

I hope some of my comments help refresh in your mind what's important as a freelancer and how to build habits which win more work.
Next up I'll be sharing some insights on: How a client can find the perfect freelancer.

Depends on what type of freelancer job your looking for but if you’re looking for artists or designers jobs, there's a couple of things to keep in mind:
I’d recommend trying to get your portfolio up on a site like
Quora), it is remarkably easy to find people asking questions in any number of topics.
Find questions in your area of expertise and answer them.
For free.
Without asking for anything in return.
This is both an abused tactic and extremely effective (perhaps why it is so abused).
Genuine answers (meaning: helpful, authentic, original, factually correct, and non-promotional) result in additional views, which results in additional exposure, which results in more viewers, which increases your chances of being seen by someone who had a similar question, but had not asked it.
Approximately half of my consulting clients in 2017 came from sources where I had publicly answered a question for someone.
More interestingly, none of the folks who originally asked the question reached out to me or became clients.
Only viewers of the original question and my answer converted.
These are folks I have never seen or have likely never seen my name before.
But by publicly helping someone, I gained enough credibility in their eyes to move them to action.
EXISTING WATERING HOLES
Sometimes we get stuck in our own head, we approach finding clients from our perspective instead of thinking like clients in need.
To combat this, take a moment to think like your ideal customer.
If you are a wedding photographer, think like a bride.
What would she type into a search engine to find what she was looking for? Now, type that into Google and look at the to results.
Wedding Wire, The Knot, Find a Wedding Photographer, etc … these sites may be a starting point for brides.
They also offer listings of vendors – are you on the list? Research the terms of these services to see if they add value to your own freelance career.
If so, sign up.
If not, scope out what the competition is doing.
What can you learn? What do you think they are doing well that you can duplicate? What holes in their strategy can you spot by looking at their online presence?
DON’T NEGLECT YOUR PAST CLIENTS
Did you know it is 7 to 10 times less costly to retain an existing client as it is to acquire a new one? Don’t waste time, money, and effort to constantly keeping your sales pipeline full while ignoring business right under your nose.
Think of ancillary products or services that your clients may need over time.
For example, a freelance photographer may track wedding anniversaries to offer couples sittings; a website developer can offer on-going updates, maintenance, or security improvements.
A freelance calligrapher can follow up with other monumental life moments (birth announcements (partner with a doula), 50th wedding celebrations (partner with an event planner), or graduation announcements (partner with a photographer).
When handled correctly, you’ll find that past clients become acquaintances.
Who become advocates.
Who become friends.
A consultant friend of mine, who became a client after hearing me speak at a business conference, called me hours after his father-in-law died.
This would be unheard of in a traditional vendor-client partnership; but we do not have a traditional business relationship.
We have nurtured our relationship over 10 years.
That relationship alone has accounted for tens of thousands of dollars of business we have helped each other acquire.
HOW DO YOU FIND CLIENTS AS A FREELANCER
Finding clients as a freelancer is usually not a quick solution.
There are ways to do it (third-party sites and services) but those do not generally lead to the fulfilling work you imagined when starting as a freelancer.
Instead, finding quality clients starts with the understanding that it is a long process.
A rewarding process, no doubt.
But one that requires intentionality; an unwavering focus on the needs of your ideal client and helping them understand the ideal solution.
Not just what they think they need, but one that solves the underlying problem they are trying to get rid of.
Go get ‘em, smart freelancer! Your next client is out there, frustrated and seeking an answer.

We can find jobs easily by looking browsing at the current job postings on Upwork and other freelancing sites.
However, will this guarantee that you will be hired?
Chances to be hired if you apply to this jobs is very slim especially if you are a freelancer who has just started.
However, there is an amazing way to get hired in which clients will just message you and invite to their jobs! This will make you the “hunted” instead of a “hunter.

Based on my experience, I stopped applying to jobs recently.
But invitations just come to me.
In fact, 100% of my current jobs and contracts at present comes from invitations.
I am sure you are excited on how did I make it? Well, I would like to say that I did not do it overnight.
It took me 3 years before experiencing this amazing result.
My ultimate secret is that I focused building the foundation.
Our greatest asset is our profile.
Be true to yourself.
Focus on one clear goal and expertise you can showcase.
Take as many tests as possible.
Give your best to earn your client’s trust.
Their reviews will be very helpful in your career.
This is how I made myself as one of Upworks top-rated freelancers.
-Joe Freelancer
" The new age of entrepreneur doesn't look to Facebook just for entertainment.
For them, it's a place of business and connections.
4th Rule: Treat your clients right
Give them bonuses from time to time or on special occasions.
When they send you a lot of projects and you'd like to thank them for their business.
Offer them free updates, or even free projects.
Those clients will never hire another artist if you are always thinking about them.
Business isn't all about making money.
It’s not about a deadline.
It's not about reaching inbox zero or that big promotion – It's simply about caring.

I recommend you start by going through websites and job boards that offer work to freelancers – I’ve compiled a list of These are always the first responses to get rejected.
Try to include some specifics about the job where the client knows you have read the description and capture their attention with evidence you are the right freelancer for the job.

3.
Don't make simple spelling mistakes in your proposal, a client will judge you before he's even reviewed your portfolio.

It juz dusnt look dat profesional wen u send a client an email that containz simple speling errors.
They wil hav serius concerns about the qwality of your deliverd work.

4.
Make sure you have an up-to-date portfolio that you're proud of.

Too many times I see freelancers with bloated portfolios and it can actually hide some of that amazing work you've delivered in the past.
You would never see Ronaldo's top 500 goals, you see his top 10.
Goals that make you go "Wow" and "That's incredible!".
Let's be honest, most people only care about number 3, 2 and 1, skipping to the end.
It should be the same for your portfolio of work, try to include pieces of work in your chosen field where you can sit back and let those amazing projects speak for themselves.
Quality over quantity, every time.

5.
When building your reputation only accept jobs which you're confident in completing successfully.

Everyone is guilty of taking on something out of their scope, pushing them to the edge.
Sometimes you have to do that so you can learn and grow as a freelancer.
But always make sure it's within a field and area where you have prior experience.
If you're a developer with years of experience in E-commerce and the client is requesting a brand new plugin which you haven't used before, but you've implemented lots similar and understand the core principles, that's ok.
What you shouldn't do is promise to be a freelance Wedding Photographer and ruin someones' memories if you've never done it before.
Obviously this is an exaggeration, but building trust and delivering what you say you will is the fastest way to getting more referrals and building a great reputation.

6.
Make sure you agree a clear set of deliverables with an agreed price (Protect against scope creep).

Make sure upfront, both parties are clear with what needs to be delivered, what's expected and what price has been agreed (Ideally in writing, not on Skype).
If there is not a clear agreement in place from the beginning, the project will most likely turn into something much larger and it's nearly impossible to end with both sides being happy.
Again it's all about setting expectations and being honest from the start.

7.
Network, network, network.

Join meetups and find local groups of people who share a passion for your area of expertise.
Help out other freelancers and send them leads of projects you've heard about which don't fit your skill set, also recommend them if you are confident in their ability to execute on the project.
A lot of freelancers will be able to get enough work through word of mouth and referrals once you've built up a network and reputation, the same applies across almost all industry verticals.

I hope some of my comments help refresh in your mind what's important as a freelancer and how to build habits which win more work.
Next up I'll be sharing some insights on: How a client can find the perfect freelancer.

Depends on what type of freelancer job your looking for but if you’re looking for artists or designers jobs, there's a couple of things to keep in mind:
I’d recommend trying to get your portfolio up on a site like
Quora), it is remarkably easy to find people asking questions in any number of topics.
Find questions in your area of expertise and answer them.
For free.
Without asking for anything in return.
This is both an abused tactic and extremely effective (perhaps why it is so abused).
Genuine answers (meaning: helpful, authentic, original, factually correct, and non-promotional) result in additional views, which results in additional exposure, which results in more viewers, which increases your chances of being seen by someone who had a similar question, but had not asked it.
Approximately half of my consulting clients in 2017 came from sources where I had publicly answered a question for someone.
More interestingly, none of the folks who originally asked the question reached out to me or became clients.
Only viewers of the original question and my answer converted.
These are folks I have never seen or have likely never seen my name before.
But by publicly helping someone, I gained enough credibility in their eyes to move them to action.
EXISTING WATERING HOLES
Sometimes we get stuck in our own head, we approach finding clients from our perspective instead of thinking like clients in need.
To combat this, take a moment to think like your ideal customer.
If you are a wedding photographer, think like a bride.
What would she type into a search engine to find what she was looking for? Now, type that into Google and look at the to results.
Wedding Wire, The Knot, Find a Wedding Photographer, etc … these sites may be a starting point for brides.
They also offer listings of vendors – are you on the list? Research the terms of these services to see if they add value to your own freelance career.
If so, sign up.
If not, scope out what the competition is doing.
What can you learn? What do you think they are doing well that you can duplicate? What holes in their strategy can you spot by looking at their online presence?
DON’T NEGLECT YOUR PAST CLIENTS
Did you know it is 7 to 10 times less costly to retain an existing client as it is to acquire a new one? Don’t waste time, money, and effort to constantly keeping your sales pipeline full while ignoring business right under your nose.
Think of ancillary products or services that your clients may need over time.
For example, a freelance photographer may track wedding anniversaries to offer couples sittings; a website developer can offer on-going updates, maintenance, or security improvements.
A freelance calligrapher can follow up with other monumental life moments (birth announcements (partner with a doula), 50th wedding celebrations (partner with an event planner), or graduation announcements (partner with a photographer).
When handled correctly, you’ll find that past clients become acquaintances.
Who become advocates.
Who become friends.
A consultant friend of mine, who became a client after hearing me speak at a business conference, called me hours after his father-in-law died.
This would be unheard of in a traditional vendor-client partnership; but we do not have a traditional business relationship.
We have nurtured our relationship over 10 years.
That relationship alone has accounted for tens of thousands of dollars of business we have helped each other acquire.
HOW DO YOU FIND CLIENTS AS A FREELANCER
Finding clients as a freelancer is usually not a quick solution.
There are ways to do it (third-party sites and services) but those do not generally lead to the fulfilling work you imagined when starting as a freelancer.
Instead, finding quality clients starts with the understanding that it is a long process.
A rewarding process, no doubt.
But one that requires intentionality; an unwavering focus on the needs of your ideal client and helping them understand the ideal solution.
Not just what they think they need, but one that solves the underlying problem they are trying to get rid of.
Go get ‘em, smart freelancer! Your next client is out there, frustrated and seeking an answer.

We can find jobs easily by looking browsing at the current job postings on Upwork and other freelancing sites.
However, will this guarantee that you will be hired?
Chances to be hired if you apply to this jobs is very slim especially if you are a freelancer who has just started.
However, there is an amazing way to get hired in which clients will just message you and invite to their jobs! This will make you the “hunted” instead of a “hunter.

Based on my experience, I stopped applying to jobs recently.
But invitations just come to me.
In fact, 100% of my current jobs and contracts at present comes from invitations.
I am sure you are excited on how did I make it? Well, I would like to say that I did not do it overnight.
It took me 3 years before experiencing this amazing result.
My ultimate secret is that I focused building the foundation.
Our greatest asset is our profile.
Be true to yourself.
Focus on one clear goal and expertise you can showcase.
Take as many tests as possible.
Give your best to earn your client’s trust.
Their reviews will be very helpful in your career.
This is how I made myself as one of Upworks top-rated freelancers.
-Joe Freelancer
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