How did you land your first client? We all have our stories on how we found clients (or how clients found us). Most seasoned freelancers have anecdotes to share – from meeting them through a common friend, a connection on LinkedIn, from a freelancing meet-up event, or that serendipitous event that led to the first contract.
My personal story came as a fruit of hard work on building own brand for three years. After I built Freelance Blend and forged my way as a podcaster, my dream client found me. The road to being a valuable freelancer working for an equally high-quality client was not easy, but it is all worth it. The efforts I put into making my own brand worked because it is the biggest proof of the kind of work and value that I could bring to any potential client.
This week’s FB 136 episode will be a little different than the usual. I am happy to share with you the FB live session with Jason Dulay of Work From Home Roadmap. In FBP 125, I interviewed Jason about how freelancing can enable you to live a life of travel as a digital nomad. Ten episodes later, the tables have turned. This time, I’m on the left side of the screen, answering questions instead of asking them. I am honored to be a guest in Jason’s session where we talked about my own freelancing journey.
Join Jason and I as we both share insights on getting clients who pay for value, what motivates most freelancers, and tips on finding a client acquisition process that works for you.
Listen in as we dish out our tips and principles on acquiring clients, beating burnout, and client communications.
- My journey in the financial services industry and how I found myself as a freelancer
- Most influential things that paved the way for freelancing
- Top reason why I (and most freelancers) do not immediately leave their jobs
- What you need to have before finally calling it quits with your job
- My dreams before I went to freelancing
- How I landed my first client
- The difference between skill and value
- How your personal websites and podcasts can help increase your value
- Tips on finding a client acquisition process that works for you
- Confidence as a key factor to success
“You don’t have to be an expert. You just have to be a couple of steps ahead.”
On charging more for quality work:
“Understand the problem and make them realize that you are the solution to that problem.”
Finding your own process:
“Most successful freelancers have a process.”
“Experiment. There is no one way to do it. There are many ways to do it. Find a process that works for you.”
The best proof of your work:
“My best client is myself.”
Links and Resources:
- For more tips and tricks for freelancers, subscribe to Freelance Blend TV
- Get Jason’s FREE Course: How You can Work from Home
- Join Jason’s course for VAs: Virtual Assistant Bootcamp
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