Let me start off right away – you want to know how to get more freelance clients.
I’m going to give you the exact formula that I have been using for the last five years.
My friends, I’m an ordinary blogger who patiently worked hard from 2012 to 2014. Those three years were the toughest time that I have seen in the pursuit of following my passion.
You opened this blog post because you’re a freelancer who wants to know how to get clients or you want to become a freelancer by 1 step formula. Either way, it’s good.
Let’s cut to the chase.
1-Step Formula: Get Consistent
What does “Get Consistent” mean?
It means that you must be ready to give 3 to 5 years to something you really love and care about, and want to pursue to build a career in it.
Consistency is this when Thomas Edison says to a reporter, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
Consistency is this when Michael Jordan says, “I’ve failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed.”
Tony Robbins says in his book “Unlimited Power” that, “People who have attained excellence follow a consistent path of success.”
If you study any successful person’s success story, you’ll learn how he or she fought through the tough times and kept on going.
I emphasize a lot on finding strength, which means that you can’t be good at something you don’t love. So by finding your strength, you’ll be putting in all your effort in the right direction.
How to Get Consistent
Let’s say, you believe me for 8 seconds, then you might think: how to get consistent
I’ve got this covered for you.
Here are some steps you should be considering to achieve consistency in your life:
Identify Your Strength – Start off with finding what you like to do and can do for the rest of your life. I know that I can blog for the rest of my life. It could be something you’re passionate about or the skill that makes you stand out from the crowd.
Define Your Path – Once you’ve figured out what you want to do, set a clear path to follow. You may have to correct it over time, but don’t move forward pointlessly. Clarity matters in every process. You want to land more freelance clients, so don’t switch from one service to another. Stick to something that is clearly your strength.
Set Short-term Goals – Everybody will tell you to shoot for the stars and land on the moon. Well, if you didn’t get it, then do this: set short-term goals that unfold the possibilities of achieving your long-term goals. For example, if you are deeply in love with website designing then give yourself one year to learn website designing, and spend six hours daily thinking, learning, practicing, and honing your website designing skill for the next 365 days.
Celebrate Small Victories – Stop dwelling on your failures and start thinking about whatever is working for you. If 232 people follow you on Facebook other than 400 friends, then need to start talking to them, sharing good content with them, and telling them what you’re up to, either through live video, audio, or writing the status. In other words, celebrate and be happy about whatever you learned and earned so far.
Build Positive Habits – I’m not an expert on building habits, but I can tell you that good habits shift our mindset in the right direction. I decided back in May 2014 that I’m going to write a few articles every month on my personal blog; thanks to that decision, I’m so proud in 2018 that it changed my freelancing writing career altogether. It was just one small decision, and then it became a habit.
So these are the few traits that you need to be consistent.
And, let me be honest with you, consistency isn’t a difficult thing to achieve.
All you need is to have a mission to accomplish it.
I’ve tried many strategies to land freelance clients, not all of them worked for me, but a few did help in the process. A hire me page on my blog contributed a lot to my freelance career success. If I had not created that page, things would have been different now.
So whether you started putting your illustrations on Behance, or you’re uploading your music on Soundcloud, or you’re trying to get your podcast on Stitcher; my friends, you need to be consistent with it. It’s my first-hand experience that consistency works.
Are you willing to take this one step to succeed in freelancing?
About Hassaan Khan
He is a blogger and freelance writer. He is very much interested in content marketing. In fact, he has helped many companies in creating written content for them. Besides doing YouTube vlogs, watching Netflix, and playing with his dog, he reads books and blogs. You can download his free eBook guide to building a blog. Connect with him on Twitter and Facebook