EP8: 6 Creative Ways to Land Your First Freelance Client In 30 Days or Less

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

  • A clever way to use simple, 5-10 minute YouTube videos to get your first client (that doesn’t require any past experience)
  • The most powerful form of persuasion that requires zero selling (and one of the easiest ways to convince that first client to hire you)
  • How tiny hot dogs can help you land your first freelance client (no selling required)
  • The exact video template I used to land my very first client (I did it badly and STILL got hired)
  • How to virtually eliminate all the fears and doubts you might have about delivering for your first client
  • The Upwork Cheat Sheet — a list of the hottest freelancing jobs Upwork is actively seeking freelancers for (offering one of these makes it way more likely you’ll get your first client on Upwork)
  • Five in-demand keyword terms to optimize your Upwork profile around to get more views, invites and jobs (and beat out tenured Upworkers with more experience)
  • Four indicators of a high value niche on Upwork (find the hottest niches with tons of hungry buyers… and quickly eliminate the duds)
  • How to rank higher in Upwork’s search algorithm so more potential clients see your profile (and make them more likely to ignore your lack of a job history)
  • The secret to low-hype, low-pressure proposals that make clients willing to hire even the most inexperienced freelancers
  • Common phrases you should avoid putting on your profile and in your proposals (lots of new Upworkers use them and they’re essentially worthless)
  • A clever way to uncover the exact criteria a client will use to decide who they hire by simply reading the job description (the key indicators clients unknowingly put in their descriptions you can exploit to write compelling job proposals)
  • A controversial, but effective, method for gaming Upwork’s algorithm to bring you more job invites and clients
  • How find local businesses in desperate need of your services (and how to approach them to convince them to hire you)
  • “Money” clients — how to uncover higher end clients you know have money and offer them high-end services you can charge a premium for
  • Why most cold email is garbage and what to do instead to get potential clients to open, read, and respond to your emails
  • A proven tactic for nearly doubling the response you get from cold emails from one of the world’s most successful online marketers
  • A little-known website crammed with big money clients that almost no freelancer know about or uses
  • A funny quirk of human nature you can exploit to still get hired when you have little to no experience
  • How to use Facebook-like “network effects” to funnel new clients into your freelance business with little to no marketing on your part
  • The one thing you MUST show a client to get them to hire you (without it, buyers don’t buy and clients don’t hire)
  • A sneaky way to get even the most skeptical client to hire you
  • An old adage that reveals a brilliant way to convince clients to give you a chance when you’re new and have little to no experience

The course is hosted on Skillshare which means you can get access essentially free. You can learn more about the course and the free offer here: https://myjohn.us/ltf


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