I’m not going to sugar coat this. Getting your first clients as a freelancer is tough!
You’re stuck in a Catch-22. People don’t want to hire you because you don’t have any previous clients. But you don’t have any previous clients because no one has hired you yet.
So what are you supposed to do?
About a year out of college, I was presented with this exact situation. I had 0 clients, 0 industry contacts, and 0 websites in my portfolio.
Yet, I was able to build a freelancing business that grew to a couple hundred clients and allowed me to live a more than comfortable lifestyle. Today, I want to share the exact five tactics I used during that time to get my first five clients. I’m going to make each tactic as actionable as possible so that you can apply them today.