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How to jumpstart your freelance business and get your first customers



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How to jumpstart your freelance business and get your first customers

With so many freelancers working online (and offline) now, it's becoming tougher to make that all important first sale. You know the ones that establish your reputation and help you get a foot into the freelance business door.

So how do you turn those casual shoppers (tire-kickers, sight-seers, people who act interested in your service but never buy) into die-hard buyers who return time and again to buy your services? Are you offering a discount for first time buyers? Are you offering more than your competition?

I started out on SEOClerks as a seller, with forum posting. I love being on forums and talking to people and am very social so it seemed like a good option. Later on, I moved into article writing and blog commenting (super easy, pays way better than forum posting and a good way to develop your writing skills).

As for myself, I didn't have the luxury of being able to offer the '$1.00' jobs. Not even sure that was an option back then. Also, I never really earned that well from $1.00 jobs and those buyers usually just sampled and didn't come back for more services.

As for getting my first buyers (people who purchased my SEOClerks freelance services), the thing that worked best for me was being active on the SEOClerks forum in the early days.

At that time, I was a moderator on the original support forum, but also posting daily there.

And, people would check out my forum posts and then come on over to my profile here to see what services that I was offering.

The forum posts that I was creating served as perfect writing samples to demonstrate the quality work that I was able to deliver. And, this is something that I would recommend to anyone. Get active on our forum.

When a potential buyer clicks through from Google search onto a topic and reads a literate and well thought out response on a forum post, they are likely to want to click through on your name to check out your profile to see what you have going on.

That brings me to another matter. If you don't have a really good description on your profile, you should get that updated so it reflects who you are and what you offer.

Getting those first customers (and ratings) was pretty easy. But keeping them coming back was another task. For me, the key was to out-perform anyone else in that category. So for instance, if I was contracted to create 10 forum posts, then I would deliver 30. And, that created a lot of good will with forum owners.

Within a short period of time, I was so busy that I had to raise prices and still constantly busy.

After awhile, I had a nice bank of work (and my profile picture was everywhere online) and good word just got around and orders were non-stop by then.

Always maintaining the best quality (better than competition); delivering way more than anyone else; being a reputable seller and charging a fair (not cheap) price were some of the things that helped me stay in business as a profitable freelance writer via SEOClerks.

Please share some of your best secrets for getting your first customers as an SEOClerks seller and for building y our SEOClerks freelance business.

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idealmike

Such a great thread! And it just goes to show, if you want to get around, you got to be around! How to jumpstart your freelance business and get your first customers

Now I'd like to share my secrets, but then they wouldn't be a secret anymore and I'd be creating more competition for myself too which would mean less sales and earnings for me lol... No honestly, I don't really have any "secrets" to success so to speak of. It's no real secret that the way you treat people speaks volumes for you over the services you provide. Always giving people the red carpet treatment. Even if you don't feel like it will pay dividends on its own merits. And people remember that and come back and purchase from you again.

Well that's what I've always found anyway! And of course, like you say, providing a service at a fair and reasonable price. And I don't actually do anything for first time buyers. By way of giving a discount for my services. That's something I'll consider though actually. I do provide discounts to repeat buyers. And I give bigger discounts for multiple-repeat buyers too. Starting off at 10% up to 25% off so that the more times they purchase it, the cheaper it becomes for them and lots of my buyers take advantage of that too. How to jumpstart your freelance business and get your first customers

I'd love to hear other peoples tips and tricks and things when it comes to being a seller on here.

Cheers and to your success!

Mike.




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It never crossed my mind that posting more than the contracted number of posts can create goodwill with forum owners. I had experienced getting a contract of 200 forum posts and what I did was to make longer posts than the agreed length. I actually had been offered a contract again but the money did not come outright so the deal did not push through.




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