How to get your first sale as an online freelancer?

How to get your first sale as an online freelancer?

One of the scariest things about becoming a freelancer is that you start with nothing and without any clients. Landing a client in the online sphere can be very daunting. It is a swim or sink situation. First of all, you have no real testimonials or concrete project to show to prospective clients. You have to create a portfolio that will convince customers that you are the best. This is tough especially when you don’t have real projects to prove your worth.

Your freelancing career will go nowhere unless you find clients who will reveal your strength and expose your weakness thereby helping you grow. When you decided to take this freelancing route, everyone you talked to, seemed to be working 24/7, but now that you are here, not even a single response gets to your email. This article will try to provide some insights on how to get your first sale as an online freelancer.

Set Yourself Up, So That Clients Can See You

There is no doubt that there will always be someone looking for the service you are providing. However, getting into contact with that person is the hardest thing ever. You have to work extra-hard. Below are some tips that can help you improve your visibility to clients:

– Create branded social media accounts stating your area of specialization categorically.

– Give away a lot of value whether it is by attaching resourceful freebies to your emails, writing free blogs, responding to prospect emails or creating epic pins. It is these kinds of stuff that will make people discover what you have to offer.

– Participate in online discussions especially those that relate to your niche. When people see that you have something valuable in certain areas, they will start being inquisitive and that is when you will make a kill.

– Give away some of your services and products for free. This will increase the awareness of your services and help spread your brand name.

Sell Something That Will Solve Your Client’s Problem

If you want to have clients you need to know what they are looking for. You also need to go where they are. If you are a writer, try out sites like Upwork, Elance, Fiverr, Iwriter, and e.t.c. If you want to deal directly with businesses, find out where they meet up or the group events they attend. If you want to make your first sale, you need to find a shared space where you can interact with them and identify their specific needs.

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Stop Trying To Sound Smart

Here is where many freelancers go wrong. Instead of focusing on solving the client’s problem, they are more interested in sounding clever. Learn what your customers want and sell it to them without trying to confuse them. Successful freelancers are more concerned with solving a problem rather than appearing to be intellects or superheroes.

Stop Selling Yourself and Start Selling Your Services

Good freelancers write good proposals highlighting the solutions they can provide. Many freelancers make the mistake of writing proposals that are full of self-praise rather than detailing their real time experience in solving problems of similar caliber. If you are asked to write a proposal on how you can design a website, stop talking about how you like doing such jobs.

If you want to succeed in freelancing, follow the above tips, and I am sure client’s emails will start trickling in your inbox. But my advice is that you need to start small and aim high. Select your niche, set goals and precisely define what you want to achieve.

 

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