How to Find Work: Pitching

How to Find Work: Pitching

Pitching is the process of proposing yourself as a professional to work for a company, organization, or individual in a particular way. If you think of pitching as a method of sales, you can see how it can be useful for any kind of freelance professional.

How to Find Work: Networking

How to Find Work: Networking

I’s time to discuss everybody’s favorite way of work-finding: Networking. This is an absolutely essential task to engage in if you’re interested in designing a successful, sustainable freelance career.

How to Find Work: Marketplaces

How to Find Work: Marketplaces

As part of my series about how to find work as a freelancer, let’s talk about the one option that many newbie freelancers think is THE place to turn to find clients: marketplace sites like Upwork and Fiverr.

How to Find Work: Nepotism

How to Find Work: Nepotism

Some people stay away from working with family members for fear of the appearance of impropriety, but as freelancers who are always on the lookout for new clients, we don’t tend to have time for such compunctions.

Pros & Cons of Freelancing: A Variety of Work From Many Clients

Pros & Cons of Freelancing: A Variety of Work From Many Clients

Whether you work for two or twenty clients in a given week, your time will be spent managing a cascade of tasks, projects, and deadlines as you work to keep multiple customers satisfied. This variability has its upsides and its downsides.

How to Find Work: Piggybacking

How to Find Work: Piggybacking

The better the relationship you have with those you work with, the more likely they will be to hire you again … and again … and again. At each new job they go to, they always hire you whenever the need for a freelancer of your kind arises.

How to Find Work: Groups

How to Find Work: Groups

Both online and offline, joining and interacting with groups that relate to your profession and the industry in which you work is one of the best things you can do for your freelancing career.

How to Find Work: Referrals

How to Find Work: Referrals

I’m systematically working through all 10 ways I find freelance work, unpacking the details of how to approach each item on the list. I’ve already covered listings, magnetism, and asking. Now it’s time for a classic: referrals. Referrals are one of the major engines of a…

Striking Out for Freelance Gulch: An Extended Metaphor for Starting a Freelance Career

Striking Out for Freelance Gulch: An Extended Metaphor for Starting a Freelance Career

Perhaps you live in the big city of corporate workplaces. Things are logical and centrally planned, you’re told what to do and when to do it, you receive money for going through motions, and everything is calm and predictable. Your decision-making power is limited; it…

How to Find Work: Asking

How to Find Work: Asking

In my post about the 10 ways I find freelance work, I list one thing that seems like it’s too obvious to write down: “Asking.” I can hear the skepticism now: “Right, so I’ll just nip out and ask someone for some work and come…