Landing Your First Client Even Without Training and Experience

#Freelancing is not an “overnight success” because it takes a lot of hard work to be in freelancing. The same with landing your first client, it takes time. It is because you need to show how excellent and outstanding a freelancer you are. But, how can you do it, when you don’t have any training and experience?

6 tips in landing your first client in freelancing.

1. Focus and be patient

Focus is pivotal to your new career; thus, you need to change your irrelevant old lifestyle. This means avoiding poor time management and procrastination. When you’re just a newbie in freelancing, you need to build your portfolio. And, in building your portfolio, you will be investing a lot of time on it. There will be no room for laziness because your portfolio is significantly a must in landing your first client. Patience is also essential since freelancing takes time. The competition in the market is tough. You need to learn how to accept rejections and continue to thrive. You need to embrace your mistakes and grow from there.

2. Gather your work samples and create your portfolio

Freelancing today is a portfolio based industry and so, clients always look for a portfolio. Your portfolio is a document where you put all your work samples. It must present the services that you can do and your expertise in fulfilling such tasks. In landing your first client, you need to present your portfolio during application time.

If you have too much to show, don’t display everything, instead, pick at least 5 best samples that you have. And if you have less, you can find the previous outputs that you had relating to your niche. An example of this is the designs and graphics you created during your college days, that is if your niche is graphic designing.

Or, if you’re an aspiring social media manager, you can just optimize your own accounts and experiment. This is an effective avenue to show that you know the job well, and you have the experience.

3. Be professional

In landing your first client, you need to treat your career as a business. During application, you need to have a professional cover letter and resume. As they say “the first impression lasts,” so, you need to give a professional impression to the client, especially during interviews. Choose a decent photo to your social media accounts, freelancing platforms and even your resume.

4. Optimize your Digital Presence

Over the years, online traffic is massive and so, you must boost to reach your targets. One way of reaching your targets is through optimizing your website and social media account. Optimizing your digital presence is a way of marketing your business as a freelancer. You optimized to have a “call to action” where clients will notice you. Aside from updating your social media accounts, you must incorporate relevant keywords. To do this effectively, you need to conduct keyword research. And the good thing is that there are tools where you can use it for free.

Below are seven key effective ways to optimize your online presence:

  • Build Your Personal Brand
  • Create Trust and Credibility
  • Get Visible and Attract Clients
  • Scale Your Business
  • Build a Website That Appeals to Your Customers
  • Keep to a Maximum of 3 Social Media Platforms

5. Start with local businesses

Considering you just started freelancing and no one hires you. It is normal because clients only hire those with experience. But, how can you get experience when no one will hire you? There are two ways to get experience, first is you will look for local businesses and offer your services to them. You can either serve them at a minimal cost or even for FREE for a month. And the other one is through apprenticeship, online academies have this apprenticeship programs where you will experience freelancing. All you need to do is to pay a small cost to get the actual experience.

6. Don’t give up

Freelancing attitudes are pivotal to the success of a freelancer. Bear in mind that your new career takes time and so, the right time will come where all of your efforts will pay off. And, every time you feel hopeless, think of your deepest whys, the reasons why you pursue freelancing. And, it will motivate you to stand up and fight again.
One of the important factors to land your first client is to have experience. These tips mentioned are collected from successful freelancers based on their own experiences as a freelancer. I hope this article helps

Feel free to visit our website for more tips.

Please check this blog for more tips: How I Started My Own Freelancing Journey

Guide: Creating your Freelancing Goals for 2021

Have you set up your goals for 2021? If not, chill out. We are still in the first month of the year; so, you are right on time to plan your 2021 goals.

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” This distinguished quote of Benjamin Franklin’s applies to anyone. May it be for planning your freelancing goals, business goals, and even personal goals. When you create a plan, you set up a blueprint of what, how, and when you will meet your goals.

You might not achieve your goals last year but, you don’t need to get disturbed. There is no such as a perfect plan. Measuring and tracking your progress allows you to do re-adjustments if there are goals unmet.

How can we plan your goals for 2021? What areas we need to be eyeing in terms of planning.

Seven Ways to Create your Goals for 2021

1. Make it measurable

Providing goals that are too bold and not specific is like planning for nothing. If you want to achieve something, you must be specific about your goals and set a timetable for each goal you have. Also, you must include the concrete steps in reaching your goals. If you have a plan, you have something to abide by. 

An example of having a not measurable goal is planning to be rich. Instead of planning to be rich, state your goal as investing into something, maybe starting an agency, online store, or anything that can be measured and tracked by your timetable.

You can have an individual goal for a week, a month, a quarter, or plans for the whole year. And then, below each goal, write the practical steps that will bring you to success.

2. Set a time limit for each goal

Each goal should consist of a time limit. Otherwise, you’ll end up not achieving any of your dreams. By having a deadline, you can measure the results of your operative actions. Add in a specific time and do your best to stick to your plan. And then monitor your progress.

And if you did not meet your goals with its deadline, you’ll check on your process, do re-adjustment and then, do better.

3. It should be your own goal.

In creating your plan, you must own your goals. There are times when you plan goals that you thought for yourself but, you are only copying others. It is vital to set the goals that matter to you because it will bring satisfaction to you.

Always consider the things that are important in your life so that you can personalize your plans. As an effect, you will able to own it because it brings value to you. Later on, when you experience struggles, it empowers and motivates you to fight; you feel your purpose towards fighting the battles.

4. It needs to be internalized.

You desire that you want to be successful in life yet, a desire without action is only a bucket list. It means, maybe it happens, perhaps it will never happen. And you don’t want that because you are going for results. How to do it?

It would be best if you put your plans into writing. Depending on your style, you can use a journal, a whiteboard, or whatever you like. When you are writing your dreams, you motivate and involve yourself working hard to fulfill your goals.

Developing a habit is essential because there is no overnight in reaching your aspirations. If you are not putting it into writing, you will not feel to take any actions towards your goals.

Areas of Life to Create Goals

  • Spiritual Goals
  • Fitness Goals
  • Family Goals
  • Freelancing/Business Goals
  • Social Goals
  • Financial Goals


5. Be Detailed

It will help if you list down all the things that you want to achieve. Also, you must include the concrete steps and then the deadline. Why you need these specific details?

These are pivotal to your plans’ success because it allows you to have a clear view of what you want to achieve, how, and when.


6. Set Accountability Measures

You must put measurements in place to hold yourself accountable because if you don’t have accountability, it gives you the freedom to go against your goals. Your self is your number one enemy in achieving your goals so, set accountability measures; otherwise, you will end unproductive and not reaching what you want.

An example of this is a habit tracker. May it be a notebook, online calendar, or planner or joining online programs that will help you track and measure how you are with your goals.

7. Evaluate and Adjust

Measuring your progress is significant since you can not improve what you can not measure. There are times where you can not achieve a goal at a specific time. There are many hindrances, and it is normal. You can not do anything about it. What will matter is how you will adjust your ways to reach your goals the second time effectively.

Without setting goals, we can not define the life that we want to live in. And if things are not going the way we planned, just like what happened last year when the health crisis occurred. We have to evaluate, re-check, change our lifestyle, and start over again in what we want to achieve this year.

If you want to learn more, check this video.

Now, are you ready to create your goals in 2021? Please tell me if there is anything I can help you with.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

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