My friend recently told me how he got a $2000 gig from a client who just came across his website.
I know a lady who makes $1700/month from a job she got on LinkedIn.
I have students who have made ~$10,000 from Upwork.
So what’s the best strategy to get new clients as a freelancer? Is it Social Media? Your website? Or Job marketplace? (Upwork, Fiverr, etc.)
There’s no wrong answer to the above question,
it’s about the strategy that works best for you. For me, I would recommend you play in all. In my research, I found out that most top freelancers started using job marketplace platforms. As these freelancers grew, they ensured they had their websites. They are also positioned strategically on social media. The beauty of playing in all three options is that you increase your chances of getting jobs from all directions. As you advance, you begin to increase your rates by working only for high paying clients.
If you don’t get clients from Upwork or another freelance platform, you can get from social media or a customer who discovers your website.
In conclusion, as a newbie with no portfolio or experience, you can start with the job marketplace. As you get jobs and build your portfolio, you should begin positioning yourself on social media.
Finally, it would be best if you had something you can control, hence your website. Every top freelancer has one. Why shouldn’t you?