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10 Ways to Find New Contracts as a Freelancer.

<p><img alt="contracts" class="aligncenter size-full" src="" style="max-width:672px;"/></p><p> Business development is, for most freelancers, a repulsive aspect of running a micro-business. Stressful and often unpredictable, it is also&nbsp;mandatory in the process of&nbsp;making&nbsp;a living out of your craft. Even if word-of-mouth habitually brings you more clients than you can handle, at some point in your career, a downtime might force you&nbsp;to explore new ways to get contracts. Don&#39;t worry, we got you covered. Here are 10 ways to find news contracts as a freelancer.</p> <h2><strong>Phone</strong></h2> <p>Is the traditional method still effective? It all depends on your type of clients. Make a list of businesses that might need your services and find the right contact inside, then&nbsp;summon up your courage and deliver your pitch like it wasn&#39;t stressful.</p> <h2><strong>Your current clients</strong></h2> <p>When looking for new contracts, let your current clients know. Ask them if they anyone around them&nbsp;needs&nbsp;the same service. If they are satisfied with your work, they&#39;ll probably be happy to share your contact infos with similar businesses.</p> <h2><strong>Your former clients</strong></h2> <p>A client hasn&#39;t been giving you any contracts for a while? Give some news, get some news. Make sure they know you&#39;re available to work, an opportunity might arise.</p> <h2><strong>Former bosses and colleagues</strong></h2> <p>If you had a corporate job before working as a freelance, your former colleagues might be a very good source of contracts. If they&#39;re still active in your space, they might need you on a team, or they might need to outsource parts of a project. They know you, they know the way you work, the project onboarding will almost be frictionless.</p> <h2><strong>Your surroundings</strong></h2> <p>Don&#39;t underestimate the power of your neighbor&#39;s step brother. Talk about your search for contracts to people around you (family, neighbors, friends). You never know what might happen.</p> <h2><strong>Networking events</strong></h2> <p>Isolating yourself is a rookie mistake. You aren&#39;t self sufficient. Human contacts will always remain a very powerful business development channel, and you should leverage it. It will also allow you to feel your client&#39;s vibe better than by emails. Your conversion rate will be much higher with clients with whom you had a live discussion.&nbsp;Local development associations often organize such events, check them out.</p> <h2><strong>Freelancer hubs</strong></h2> <p>Create a profile on freelancer boards/marketplace. Be careful though, some of these platforms are just a race for the cheapest price for clients. Learn about the mindset behind each of them, and create a profile on those which match your values and processes.</p> <h2><strong>Social Networks</strong></h2> <p>If you have business people as connections&nbsp;on social medias, contact them and see if there are any openings in their network. Look at news feed too, a lot of people now posts opportunities on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, even before posting them anywhere else.</p> <h2><strong>Partners</strong></h2> <p>Every other freelancer&nbsp;in your space isn&#39;t necessarily a competitor. Depending on your market, there&#39;s probably more than enough job for all of you. That being said, try growing&nbsp;a solid network of people with whom you can share contracts when you&#39;re overloaded. You will have to delegate contracts at some point, and every time you do so, you&#39;ll accumulate positive karma with your fellows (unless you&#39;re sending them awful clients). Also, try building a network that covers a wide range of skill level. An entry-level contract that will probably be boring to you? Give it to a junior. You do not meet the requirements of a very technical project? Give it to you experienced friend instead of ruining your reputation. Last tip: Make friends with people who have complementary skillset. A graphic designer might need a copywriter, a developer might need a UI designer, a video editor might need a sound designer, someone might need you. Happy billing</p>

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