In part one of this post we looked at a few things that were necessary to get in place before you start pitching clients as a freelance Web developer.
In this post, we’re going to finish up, looking at ways to get those first clients and jobs, and also how to make sure you bring professionalism into your career by becoming organised and focused.
Your First Clients
We all know you’re amazing at what you do. and we all know that if any huge brand happened to come across your portfolio, it would make absolute sense for that brand to pay you millions to design their websites.
Of course, it doesn’t work like that.
To get those first jobs and to make sure that you start to build up a client list this year rather than next, focus on job boards like Upwork and PeoplePerHour. You won’t get paid a lot, and the competition is fierce, but it means you get feedback, and that means testimonials.
Basically, imagine your home and desktop are an office. On the desktop, ensure everything is in folders. Use organisation and note-taking software like Evernote like it’s your best friend (it is), and make sure that you always, always, tidy your desks (virtual and real) at the end of the day.
Prioritise tasks into sub tasks, and make sure that you are always fully aware of how every single hour of your working day is to be spent. All your work asks of you is 8-10 hours of real effort every day. Make it happen, and enjoy the rest.
Finally, keep that email at bay. Don’t look at email any more than once an hour. Clients will understand if you don’t answer immediately (and it looks like you’re desperate anyway), and it means you get to stay focused. Some of the top people in the world don’t even use email.
Stay on the job boards, and ask for referrals after a few weeks. Work, work, and work even harder, and keep clients happy. Work harder than the five people you see and communicate with in a working day. Within six months, you’ll be looking at a career in Web development.