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How to get your first client?

Ruslan Galba - August 30, 2019 - 0 comments

How to get your first client?

«How to get their first client?»

By @_ayushjangra_

I take this opportunity to give you guys some tips and tricks that helped me out in my initial days.

I started my freelance career when I was in my 2nd year of college which was less risky as I had nothing to worry about the bills, the rent, or any other expenditure.

But if you are starting your freelance business when you have got bills to pay, then I must caution you about the basic steps before getting into freelance business:

  • Give yourself some Runway.
  • Look Professional.
  • Don’t have enough work for a portfolio?
  • Prepare your Proposal wisely.
  • Word-of-mouth Marketing.
  • Get Visibility.

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1. Give yourself some Runway. Many firs time freelancers fail because they don't have the resources to last long enough to get things going. The more cash you have in the bank, the lower your risk will be and the higher your chances of success. PRO TIP: Start with a minimum of 6 months of operating expenses i.e., for at least 6 months you can last without any clients or income.
2. Look Professional. Take time to describe your skills, and situations in which you may be useful to the client, along with your relevant experience. Be concise. Avoid long and pointless wording. Use a plain and professional photo to make your clients connect with you on a personal level. PRO TIP: if you're photo conscious you can go for a personal logo brand which can be used to personalise your proposals etc.
3. Don't have enough work for a portfolio? Creating a portfolio won't be a problem for professionals, but it may one for people who are new to freelancing. Start working on your own website. With time, replace sample projects in your portfolio with actual ones, but to start, it's better than nothing. Some free practice tools which creates randomly generated design briefs: + goodbrief.io ; +sharpen.design
4. Prepare your Proposal wisely. The proposal you submit is one of the three most important things a client will look closely at when deciding whether to hire you or not. Present the Problem What is the issue that you hope to resolve? Most importantly, don't forget to discuss why this is a problem worth addressing. State Your Solution. Now that your client is well aware of the problem, it's time to discuss your proposed solution to it. How will you solve the problem? Why should they follow this solution over another?
5. Word-of-mouth Marketing. You've heard that old, "It's not always what you know, but who you know" cliche. When you're recommended to clients by someone that they trust in their own network, you're far more likely to get your foot in the door and make an impression. So, reach out to your contacts and let them know that you're freelancing and you'd appreciate any recommendations. You never know who your acquaintances might be connected with!
6. get Visibility. A handful of strategies that can use to drive more visibility: 
+ Publish regular content. Publishing regular content is a great way to increase your online visibility and attract traffic to your profile.
+ Get active on a few social media networks. There are a lot of social media networks, which makes it very difficult to effectively participate on all of them. Select two to three that you know, without a doubt, that your clients are active on like: dribbble, instagram, behance etc.
7. Resources to help you grow. There is an insane amount of free information on the internet to help you as a freelancer.
+ Blogs:
+ Podcasts:
Design Matters
Design Better Podcast
Creative Pep Talk
Method Podcast
+ YouTube Channels
Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed and learned something from this post.

Bonus — 8 useful tools for everyday usage:

Emailoctopus — an email marketing service for users of the cloud-based email-sending service Amazon SES. Its features include app integrations, blog automation, responsive templates, real-time analytics, and more.

Manychat — visual bot builder for Facebook Messenger with broadcasts, analytics, scheduled posting and many other features!

Crello — free graphic design editor that helps create images for social media, print and other web-based graphics.

Funnelytics — the best funnel mapping software available to marketers and entrepreneurs today.

Kinsta — Premium WordPress Hosting for Everyone. Kinsta’s managed WordPress hosting service helps you take care of all your website needs.

Integromat — is a powerful automation tool that connects your apps and services to work smarter, not harder.

Webflow — all-in-one web design tool that allows users to design, build, and launch responsive websites visually.

FlowKit — allows designers to create frighteningly fast user flows within Sketch and Figma.

Can’t wait to hear what you all think. You have more tips worth mentioning, let me know in the comments below!

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