EP7: 11 Tips to Get Started Freelancing

Sage advice for new freelancers to help you skip the first six months to a year of learning curve. Probably even good for intermediate freelancers who often still have holes in their freelance business that this information will help you fill.

Here’s some of what you’ll discover in this episode:

  • Why most online business and marketing advice is not only ineffective but dangerous for freelancers
  • How to find hot markets with eager buyers for your services without hours of boring research
  • In-demand services you can start offering today for web developers, graphic designers and writers
  • The #1 mistake new freelancers make that makes getting hired almost impossible
  • What the popular TV show, Survivor, can teach you about landing your first freelance client
  • The ancient myth that serves as a startling warning for over-aggressive freelancers
  • A small change you can make to the services you offer that can reduce the amount of marketing you need to do by 90%
  • How to get hired for projects where 90% of the work is already done for you
  • An easy way to fill your portfolio with high quality projects when you have no past client work
  • The free websites you can use to “steal” ideas for new products and services you know will have high demand
  • Three items every portfolio must have for you to get hired
  • Why starting out doing free work is a death trap for freelancers and what to do instead
  • A clever way to earn from a project even if the client doesn’t pay
  • Non-traditional methods for getting clients that almost no one talks about
  • How to find pockets of freelance projects online that have almost no competition
  • How billion-dollar insurance companies train their new agents to get their first few clients
  • Why most freelance sites are a waste of time for new freelancers (and the rare exception when they’re not)
  • The 6-word phrase used by elite military units that virtually guarantees clients will satisfied with your work (and more than happy to give you repeat business and referrals)
  • A simple way to start charging more for your services… today
  • How to land high-end projects with famous clients (and why this should absolutely be a goal of yours)
  • How to deliver client projects fast by focusing on going slow
  • Hands down, the most annoying thing freelancers do that drives clients up the wall (and leads to bad ratings, reviews, and word of mouth)

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