10 Ways to Find New Contracts as a Freelancer.
<p><img alt="contracts" class="aligncenter size-full" src="https://blogmanagement.momenteo.com/Content/blog-img/offers-768x766.png" 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 mandatory in the process of making 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 to explore new ways to get contracts. Don'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 summon up your courage and deliver your pitch like it wasn'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 needs the same service. If they are satisfied with your work, they'll probably be happy to share your contact infos with similar businesses.</p> <h2><strong>Your former clients</strong></h2> <p>A client hasn't been giving you any contracts for a while? Give some news, get some news. Make sure they know you'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'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't underestimate the power of your neighbor'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'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's vibe better than by emails. Your conversion rate will be much higher with clients with whom you had a live discussion. 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 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 in your space isn't necessarily a competitor. Depending on your market, there's probably more than enough job for all of you. That being said, try growing a solid network of people with whom you can share contracts when you're overloaded. You will have to delegate contracts at some point, and every time you do so, you'll accumulate positive karma with your fellows (unless you'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>