30 Ways to Find Your First Clients


Okay, let’s be serious for a moment, whether you’re an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert, the act of going out and “pushing” your products and services on a stranger is not necessarily your favorite activity. Sure, to “get your name out there” some active recruiting methods may be necessary at first, but you’re probably also interested in setting yourself up with a long-term strategy of clients coming to you.

I feel you my friend. So, the list directly below shares 15 ways to get your first customers through active recruiting; the second list below shows 20 ways to begin to get customers to come to you.

You might be thinking that the title of this post says “30 ways” but that 15 + 20 = 35. That may be correct; I don’t know. All your fancy, grownup counting and formulas are just too difficult for me. So, here you have it, 30 to 35 ways to get your first clients:

Active Ways to Get New Clients

1. Get the word out to family and friends in a meaningful way.

I had a friend launching a business + blog who chose a method that I now love to use and help other people use: she wrote (actual) personalized + purposeful messages to each person. This may sound very “duh” to you, but make sure each time you reach out, you include:

  • a personal note that lets someone know this is not the same email/message 300 other people got; make a connection on a hobby, interest, desire, or need of theirs
  • a brief description of the type of work you are doing now and why it’s so important to you
  • the ways in which your friend/contact can help you (Do you want referrals if your friend knows someone in need of your services? Do you want people to share your message?)
  • a clear way for people to practically do what you’re asking/hinting (for example: if you’re asking for people to share your brand on Facebook, give them a brief description and picture “if they so choose to use it” . . . or if you’re asking for referrals from a good friend, give them an idea of what they could email out to others–and perhaps even give them a sweet freebie to distribute)
  • a sincere “thank you” for the person’s time in reading your message and in helping you any way they see fit

Are you at a loss for where to pull personal connections from other than your phone’s contact book and Facebook friends list? Think of people you may know through:

  • volunteer work you do
  • organizations you belong to (clubs, a church, associations, sports)
  • your spouse or family connections
  • former workplaces
  • friends of friends
  • former school buddies or connections

In general, people have a desire to help you in whatever ways are understandable and convenient for them. Your close friends will probably even desire to help you when it’s not convenient. Either way, give people as many tools as possible and show how grateful you are for their time and whatever action they may be completing on your behalf.

2. Create a social crowdfunding campaign.

Sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter are not just good for the $$, but also the exposure. Several products have become somewhat to all the way “Internet famous” after a crowdfunding campaign.

Why? Friends, and even people who don’t know you, are motivated to share your brand and your campaign if they connect with something about it, or to simply support small businesses. You can use one of these sites to launch/re-launch a business, a book, a product, a product line, a creative project, really almost anything. 90% of the projects that I’ve supported are by people I don’t know at all. Crowdfunding campaigns have a way of bringing out strangers and making them friends.

Crowdfunding even allows you to get out there and start providing consulting services if you want to. Two examples for ya: (1) A woman here in Austin “sold” $1000 consulting packages as some of the prizes for supporting her book release. No seriously, look at this thing. She raised almost $12,000. (2) A couple here in Austin who also listed $1000 consultations, among other prizes, for the release of their book raised over $10,000.

Raise money through crowdfunding and get clients

3. Team up with an established brand/provider in the same field to tackle a larger project together.

Offer your services up to them as an independent contractor. For example: if you’re a WordPress coach/developer, work with another WordPress consultant who may be able to use your help on a huge upcoming project.

4. Team up with an established brand in a complementary field.

If you’re a social media strategist, team up with the WordPress coach in the example above to help clients with a full online presence.

5. Pro bono part of the project.

So, you want your clients to pay you, obviously, but what about making part of the project free? If you’re teaching someone how to use social media for their business, why not charge for crafting the action plan and report you develop, but make all your check-ins and scheduled calls free for one month. Or, if you’re coaching clients through home births, how about creating the plan for free and recommending the equipment they’ll need, but then charging for the day of delivery?

Doing work pro bono is not a long-term strategy, simply a way to get paying/reviewing/excited initial clients in the door; people who will spread the word about you and help you add to your portfolio.

6. Do some good ol’ fashioned advertising.

  • Facebook ads (which can be targeted to a person’s location, habits, interests, and preferences)
  • Google/Yahoo!/Bing
  • Craigslist
  • magazines
  • swag and promotional items such as vehicle magnets, if applicable
  • blog/website ads
  • etc.

7. Search Craigslist for people looking for a service in your area of expertise.

Don’t just use Craigslist to list your services, use it to find people already looking for someone like you. A lot of the work people need can be done virtually, so search a few cities.

8. Contact past people you’ve done similar work for.

At a past job, or for a friend, or as a part of a former business idea, you’ve likely done work related to your current passion. Contact the people you’ve done this work for and check for three things:

  • referrals (to others that may pay you for your services)
  • testimonials (that you can add to your website or other materials)
  • new work from the person you’re contacting (you can always phrase your communication as if you’re only seeking referrals or testimonials, but you can also let your contact know what you currently do and show off your shiny new website and packages or free download in the hopes that they’ll hire you for something new–you can also just outright ask if they need any new work done)

9. Update your personal social media circles in general.

So maybe you don’t feel comfortable sending a personal message to everyone you know. Maybe you’re like me and overwhelmed by the thought of emailing mere acquaintances about your new business. Well, update your social platforms with status updates viewable by anyone. Include a snippet of what you do, who you serve, and why you do it, along with pictures, freebies, and links to related resources and services on your website. Do this with the following platforms:

  • LinkedIn
  • personal Facebook page
  • Google+ page
  • personal Twitter profile
  • . . . and so on

10. Consider joining “online deals” or “specials” sites and programs.

Most sites like the ones above will send out discounts/deals to your products and services to a targeted list of consumers (who’ve expressed interest in your category of “stuff” and/or who live in your area).

11. Send old fashioned and attractive mail.

If you are marketing to businesses or neighborhoods that you can easily look up addresses for, consider some purposeful and attractive mail pieces–flyers, invitations, offers, letters, a brochure/book of your services, etc. Below are some mail pieces I designed for this exact purpose.
Get new clients through mail pieces

12. Ask for feedback when the answer is “no.”

If people decline your services, asking “why?” can allow you to clarify anything they’re fuzzy on or present a more compelling case (or talk to a better audience) next time. But, you’ll often find ways to make a sale (even if it’s a less expensive package) to people who are hesitant to try something new at first.

13. Find online forums, sites, and groups where your ideal clients hang out and strike up conversations with them or answer their questions.

14. Email people with an “openable” subject line.

“I want to work for you for free,” and “I’d like to give you a free website assessment,” or a less-spammy version of the same, will likely grab someone’s attention. Once they’re interested, or once they have their free product/service in hand and love it, why would they not want to hire you?

15. Give free consultations at a local coffee shop or your potential client’s place of business.

Once you get “the sit down” with a potential client and prove you know your stuff and can think of ways to help them, you’ll get more and more paying cusotmers.

Ways to Set Yourself Up So Clients Will Find You

16. Give away a lot of value.

Whether you’re attaching some freebies/downloads to your emails in #14 above, responding to prospect emails, writing a post on your blog, drafting a tweet or Google+ post, or creating an epic pin, build in a ton of free value. It is the stuff that makes people remember you; it is what makes people want to share you; and it also makes people want to buy from you instead of someone else who doesn’t create as much value.

“If he/she is this helpful for free, what would their paid products be like?” <– Is what your peoples will think. Giving away value is your best marketing tool and best way to turn onlookers into participators and buyers.

17. Create social media accounts and connections for your business or update your online presence for the ones you already have.

Having a branded Facebook page and Google+ page is way different than overwhelming your friends with constant business posts on your personal profiles. So, you know, make it happen.

If you already have business pages/profiles, write some new social media descriptions, spice them up with professional graphics, make sure they all work together cohesively.

For your personal social accounts, create/add new pictures, a new email signature, a new LinkedIn job/position, a new Gmail chat status, a new Twitter background, etc.

Be active socially. Be where your clients are and don’t be silent.

18. Add “shareability” everywhere for your brand.

Use services like ClickToTweet.com (which makes it simple to pre-compose an exact tweet for a reader, for free), or encourage people to “pin a post for later,” and add simple share buttons on your blog site so that people will be reminded to share and will have an easy time sharing your brand.

19. Give free/affordable seminars on your topic at local colleges, community centers, meetings, or other venues of your choice.

I originally started doing seminars as a way to share my passions, but I started getting lots of referrals and clients from people who attended these events.

20. Give free online trainings in your area of expertise.

Bonus points if you subtly make it gateway content into some of your valuable packages or paid products. Consider using Google+ Hangouts and/or YouTube to host these for free.

21. Build an email list and send regular, helpful emails.

You know, the kind where you give tips, encouragement, and resources that people aren’t really going to find elsewhere . . . or that people won’t find elsewhere in such an organized and humorous format.

22. Create some online listings for your business.

Consider free places such as:

. . . also consider paid sites in your niche (if you think they’ll be effective, but remember to track this through actual website analytics), or other free sites where your clients are likely to look up service providers or businesses.

23. Host a challenge/competition that gets people motivated to make strides on a goal that’s in your area of expertise.

Make a group (on Facebook, Google+, or some other network), or host a challenge from your blog. Give participants resources, encouragement, and camaraderie as they accomplish their goals. If you’re a personal trainer, think “ab challenge,” or a diet coach might do a “cleanse group” while a social media manager might do a “Twitter Superstar in 30 Days” activity.

24. Host a plain ‘ol giveaway.

This will spread your brand name, awareness of your services, and provide you with a lucky recipient who may hire you once they receive their free goodies and love you.

25. Guest post on related blogs and sites where your clients hang out.

This helps you reach an audience that you might not have otherwise gotten to speak to. When your audiences’s favorite bloggers start to host you on their blogs, people are probably inclined to trust you (at least a bit at first) and like you.

26. Craft and release a social press release.

Which is like a regular press release, but done online and made to look amazing. Looking for ideas? Try pitchengine.com or pressitt.com.

27. Attend conferences and classes your clients are likely to go to.

It’s certainly dandy to attend conferences where you meet people like you and get to grow and learn with others in your field. It can help you meet people for points 3 and 4 above, but, your clients typically aren’t hanging out at these places. Go to the conferences your customers will be at.

28. Join associations or meetups your clients will be a part of.

Ditto above. The benefit is, you’ll usually be the only person in your field who is at the meetup.

29. Use the power of social search to find people looking for the things you offer.

Search Twitter for a few key phrases and start interacting with (and helping) people who are saying these things. If you’re a business consultant, you might search for people saying, “I need to start my own business,” or “I hate my job,” etc.

30. Develop a well-designed and well-written services page and PDF (to attach to emails or print out for potential clients) that clearly explain the benefits of working with you.

31. Build your testimonials collection and portfolio, constantly.

32. Write an informative and attractive blog post on your new services and/or your new business direction.

33. Become a sponsor of a blog or two that your audience frequents.

Bloggers will often promote you through unique posts (like DIYs), links in their sidebars, posts from their social media accounts, their newsletters, and even their videos.

They’ll get to see your brand name and meet you. Bueno.

35. Make a big deal out of your launch.

Throw a party (here’s how to do that), write a blog post, host a giveaway, do a month-long special sale and online event, put on multiple webinars, create stunning graphics for all your social media accounts, etc. Just be the big deal you are, okay?

P.S. The methods on this second list work so well to begin bringing customers to you because these actions are items that:

  • prove your willingness and strong desire to help others
  • show that you’re an effective educator
  • prove you are a giving person and likely an enjoyable person
  • establish your expertise
  • get people excited about your paid products
  • give people joy in sharing such a useful resource

Whereas you want to use some of the methods in the first list above that lead directly to paying clients, you’ll also want to establish a long-term strategy of building a brand that makes people come seek you out, that pops up in people’s social feeds (in a good way), and that sticks out in online searches and accounts that your clients regularly use.

So, did you get some ideas from these 30 to 35 ways to find your first clients? What would you add? Update + P.S. Check out the comments below for some extra great tips by Melissa. Can we start you a column please, friend? Tips by Melissa has a ring to it.

  1. Regina this is stellar advice. I had never considered crowdfunding! Now I have so many ideas floating through my head. 🙂 I’m definitely bookmarking this.

    1. Erika, thank you for stopping by. Haha, I’m glad so many ideas are floating around. I think crowdfunding is my next step actually. I love the concept of it, the message it sends (“we’re all a community and we support you”), and what it can mean for people (i.e. their dream coming true.).

      I appreciate that you took some time to read this today. Thanks.

    2. Erika, I also enjoy the concept of crowdfunding… And I’m toying with ways of using my skills to make a difference… Definitely something brewing there!
      Thanks for the fab list Regina, lots to work with!

  2. All of this is such great advice, but I especially like the advice to engage and figure out WHY the answer is no. So many people make what I think is the mistake of letting go of the conversation as soon as they hear “no.” I don’t necessarily mean that they should be pushy, but the message that sends is that you don’t value that potential client nearly as much as you might say you do. Showing that you care about their opinions, even if you don’t do business with them, shows them that you really do value them and might get you a call-back or a referral in the future!

    1. KC, I love the point you make here that inquiring why the answer is “no” (when done the right way) is actually showing that you care about the client and their needs + opinions. You’re such a pro. Thanks for adding that.

      I appreciate your comment.

  3. This is such a great, comprehensive list- just a great reminder that there’s ALWAYS something you can do if times are slow. I’m going to be proactive today and do some things on your list!

    1. Margo! Great to get a visit from you, as always. Thank you for stopping by. I wouldn’t be surprised if you are crazy busy with your (great) design business + your new blog.

      I appreciate the comment + I’m going to try to be proactive today too. Thanks again.

  4. Really great advice, and I wish I’d had this list several years ago when I started my own management consulting practice. It would have saved me a lot of trial-and-error!

    I’d add two suggestions: 1. Make a call-list of everyone. you. know. Then decide which of the above tips you’ll apply to each person, and track your activity – when you reached out, what their response was, how you plan to follow up (and “follow up” can be as simple as sending them an article they might find interesting). Make yourself tackle 5 names on the list every week. Add to your list after every meeting/conference/chance encounter. Learn to Love the List.

    Suggestion two: A lot of the people on Your List are experts in something. Ask to take them to coffee to run your ideas past them. Ask meaningful questions about their take on your approach, business plan, marketing, color scheme, whatever. Most people are thrilled to give you free advice. But what’s more, they’ll often point you to other people who will either be more advice-givers, or potential clients. Take the potential clients to lunch, ask advice, sell your skills if appropriate. Every one of my first clients came from this approach, and it snow-balled from there.

    Of course, now I’m in a totally different field, so I’m going to have to mine your other ideas to build my business. 🙂

    Thank you for another great post.

    1. I just realized that’s a third idea: take people to coffee or lunch. A lot of times when you can’t get a “meeting,” someone will happily let you buy them lunch.

    2. Melissa, you are a wealth of knowledge here and I appreciate that you’ve shared these tips. I added a P.S. to the article above to encourage people to come read these. Hope you don’t mind. Thank you truly for these suggestions.

      I think it’s lovely + remarkable that you’ve done both successful management consulting and beautiful artwork. It’s very encouraging for people with multiple passions when they see people like you. Thanks for sharing.

      1. I’m happy my tips might help! Going out on my own was pretty scary (the first time, and the second time…), and it’s wonderful that you’re here to give such good advice. And thank you for the lovely compliment in your post, although “Lessons Learned the Hard Way” might be more apropos. 😉 And I wish I’d thought of KC’s tip to ask why “no” was the answer. Filing that one away to use this time around.

  5. By the way – pretty much expect me to be stalking/commenting on all your blog posts from now on. You’ve been warned. Once again you’ve given us enough information and work to put our brains into-overdrive to get more clients and get paid!!! LOL, joking but I love love love this. I’ve done a lot of the things you’ve suggested in this post and it has definitely paid off. My first year was mostly a pro bono year while trying to get myself established in the industry. But there are still some juicy tidbits here that I will be filing away for the future when business is slow. My “problem” is that I’ve probably got more clients than I can handle, don’t have enough time to blog and either need to bump up my rates or start saying no more often( you like how I just answered my own question – but you make me think it through). Outstanding Regina – off to Pin & Tweet this 🙂

    1. Chrissy, it is legitimately always wonderful to hear from you. Thank you.

      Yeah, that “problem” is a good one to have, but it’s still confusing sometimes. You clearly have the best answer though and I’m excited about you having more time to blog and write that eBook you were talking about.

      I appreciate that you shared the posts. It’s such a treat to have your support. Thanks for the comment as well.

  6. Just the right post at the right time. 🙂 I recently started doing my hobby as a job (graphic design) and I really need advice on how to attract people working with me. And this post gave me so many great ideas I never came up with!
    Thank you so much for sharing these tips.

    1. Wow Monica, your site is so attractive. Excellent job. Congratulations on turning your hobby into a job as well. That’s a wonderful accomplishment; I wish you luck with that.

      I’m glad to hear the post was helpful. Thank you for taking some time to read and for commenting.

    2. You could create custom logos or themes for social media, check them out on Etsy. I approached a designer about doing custom design packages of social media logos and themes for Facebook for my clients through an ad posted on etsy. That’s an idea for you, a start 🙂

  7. Loving these tips and they’re all so true! Getting in touch with your friends and family can be beneficial when you’re first starting out, especially if they respect the work you do. Thank you so much for sharing Regina!

    1. Angel, yes, you made a good point: “. . . especially if they respect the work you do.” When they do, their support of you is almost endless. We should all take some time to create quality work and present it well to our family and friends. When we give them quality stuff to share, they’ll almost feel like we’re doing them the favor. Ha.

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. I love the encouragement Angel.

    1. No, no, thank YOU. For being the best ever. Thanks for commenting Erika. I appreciate your time and support.

    1. Reginald, thank you for your time reading + commenting. Glad we got to connect on Twitter recently. Looking forward to seeing more from you. I like the work I’ve seen of yours so far.

  8. I absolutely love this list! I have run my own blog + print shop that I can apply these to as well as building a new business with one of my closest friends. This advice is amazing! Thanks so much!

    1. Chelcey, your blog is so darned attractive and clean. White, black, and gray is me all day. Love it. Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to comment. Good luck with your new business. Running a company with a close friend can be a world of fun. Hope you enjoy it and thanks for reading.

    1. Marlene, wow, thank you. I appreciate that you took time to read and to comment with encouraging feedback. You have such lovely earrings on your site. Those black onyx ones are a special favorite of mine. Do you have a similar necklace? (Don’t tell anyone but my ears aren’t pierced.)

      I absolutely love Erika. Her advice is always well thought out and on point. She has such class and is actually delightful to connect with online. Thanks for mentioning how you found the blog, and thank you for connecting.

  9. Regina, Erika is a very classy lady indeed. I love how she treats everyone with such kindness and takes the time to thank her readers on social media. It’s not that common …

    I can definitely make a necklace out of the black onyx and ribbon earrings. Assuming these were the ones you were looking at. I’ll send you an email with details and then you can tell me if this is something you wish to have. Thank you for looking at my website!

  10. Another awesome and informative article Regina!!!! This list gives some great ideas that has me shaking my head like why didn’t I think of that, but I never would have so thanks for sharing. BTW math is overrated :/

  11. Regina, I am so excited I found your blog a couple weeks ago! I have completely changed up my business from being a yoga teacher (not realizing I had grown out of it) to a creative coach, specializing in inspirational content creation! I have been making fabulous content for so long with the belief: “Photography is way too much fun to make it into a job.” WOW. I am so glad I made the switch! Thank you for all the resources, you rock! <3 Margie Pargie

  12. I’ve just (like in the last week!) taken the big scary plunge of setting up on my own and this post has just calmed me down so much by giving me tons of ideas to implement – it’s bookmarked and I’ll be following all your posts keenly.

    Thanks so much!

  13. Regina, I’m so glad I stumbled onto your blog via Pinterest! Not only do these tips help, they’ve sparked other ideas I’ve scribbled down. Thank you for that. 🙂

  14. I’m planning a free workshop at a local library in Chicago this spring to teach small business owners how to establish and grow their social media presence. Great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing.

  15. Regina,

    I found your blog via Pinterest months ago. After starting my own coaching business your blog has been my addiction. These suggestions are genius and doable on my ever changing budget. So many of my ideas are going to get started before I thought I they would because of tools I never knew existed before reading your blog. Thank you!


  16. One more great post Regina, thank you! I found your web-site through Pinterest a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been learning a lot. Day by day… 🙂

  17. This is brilliant Regina! You’re brilliant! I just discovered your site this morning (was posted in the FB women of color blogging group (BLM) I’m a member of), and I immediately saved 9 of your articles to my Instapaper. I’ve almost finished them all, and even took notes as I went.
    I’ve been blogging since 2010, but it was mostly a hobby until recently. I started my personal chef business 3 years ago and now that it has been successful I’m moving into more health coaching, revamping my online program, and wanting to make money with my blog. This site is an invaluable resource for women at every stage in the game. Thank you! I can’t wait to learn more from you, and about you.

  18. A long and very informative article. Thanks for this post Erica. It would be of great help. I loved the second section of the post which gave tips about how to retain the customers. Getting new clients is relatively easier than keeping the ones you’ve already got. And they are most important. Even if you deal with only a specific set of clients (the clients you already have), you can make great profits but if you’re unable to retain the clients you once get, that means there is something seriously wrong with your product and you need to fix that. And I am sure your post would help the people trying to fix such issues.

  19. Thanks Regina! I love all these ideas. Sometimes I can feel stuck in how to generate new business, but this stirred up my creative juices. This is the first time I’ve read one of your posts, but will definitely be back!

    1. Regina and Others, which of the above tips has helped you the most. I think they’re all great, but would love help on where to start. Thanks!

    2. Wendy, thank you for taking the time to read this post and to comment. I definitely feel that #1, 3, 15, and 16 are the ones that helped me most in the beginning. I think they’re great foundational steps. Hope that helps a little bit, but please let me know if not.

  20. Helloo Regina! I just discovered your site through Pinterest and I just HAVE to rave about how awesome your graphics are! I’ve already bookmarked and pinned several of your posts. Will definitely be back for more 🙂 !

  21. Hi Regina,
    First of all – I am addicted to your blog, I just love your way of explaining things, it’s quite inspirational. ByRegina is quickly becoming my go-to place for all blog-related questions (and for leisurely browsing as well).
    I need info on giveaways, but I didn’t find a specific post and I decided to just ask you here. I have a book blog, have had it for a while and recently decided to get more serious about growing it. I wanted to host a giveaway, but not of a booklet or something I wrote. Can I do that – just offer a book I am not affiliated with in any way as a prize in a competition, meant to generate, say, Facebook fans for my blog?
    It looks too easy, so I bet there is a catch, but I cannot find it written black on white anywhere.
    Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this!

    1. Didi,
      Thank you so much for your epic comment. I truly appreciate that you not only read, but took time to leave some encouraging words.

      As to your question on giveaways, I haven’t come across any good information on them that I can remember, so I’m going to do a bit of a search to see if I can find anything helpful for you. I’ll re-comment if so. Thank you again.

  22. Hello Regina

    I found your site a few months ago..I just read this article today and wow love it…this is my slower time. Going to give some these a try!

    Thank you!

  23. Wow! This was so great and so detailed I wanted to keep reading. A lot of great no-brainer tips that we easily forget to incorporate in order to get the word out about our business. Definitely book-marking for later. As always…great article.

  24. Just found you recently on Pinterest Regina. I love your posts. Thanks for all the great info!! I just bought your “Grow Your Blog Traffic with Social Media” Excited to dig in. @wordpressenergetics

  25. Thanks for the wealth of information you shared. I have been procrastinating a few of the suggestions you mentioned here.

    As an IRS Enrolled Agent and Tax Professional, I often forget how valuable it is to reach out to clients and prospects even with a tidbit of information such as a daily tax tip; while I may consider this basic, for others, this could be useful information. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  26. Regina, like everyone else above, I am “stalking” all of your information. I need a quick drop in folder to download all your amazing tips and ideas. And, Good Lordy, where to start with all these amazing ideas?!

    Thank you for your work!!

  27. You are absolutely wonderful. Thank you, those who give don’t hear that enough. This year I am dedicating to building my marketing plan and want to document it like a journal on what I’ve learned and what I do, and I believe you’re going to be mentioned in that article when it’s published. I began writing articles on how to craft novels and publish, but marketing is so a part of it.

  28. Regina,

    I just found your website and it is clear why you have such a huge support system. Your content is amazing and so incredibly detailed and helpful – It’s obvious you spend a lot of time on it. I’m excited to learn more about your brand in the New Year.

    Happy 2016!


  29. Just stumbled across your blog, Regina, and I am so glad I did! I am just starting up LIFE & ART, a wedding planning business in Austin. Finding clients is hard, so I started a gofundme to get some cash for advertising. These tips could not have come at a better time in my business’ life. Thanks!

  30. Hi Regina, thanks so much for the great advice. I’ve read similar posts before, but this is the most comprehensive and it doesn’t make you feel overwhelmed half-way through reading. It also provides resources and tips which I haven’t seen elsewhere.

    Your great legion of followers might like to know that we provide a free stock photo service on our website.

    Thanks again

  31. Gosh, I can’t believe I haven’t thought about many of these items! And, as outgoing as I might be, sending out notice to people DO sound a bit frightening…. I’m definetly bookmarking this post so I can refer to you in the future! Thank you so much 😀

  32. This has SUCH great tips! I can’t wait to try these out as I try to get more students to my online meditation class. Thank you so much for sharing these insights and unique perspectives, it’s so great to get advice that’s actually NEW information and ideas rather than the same old pointers. THANK YOU!

  33. This post is great. Thank you for posting this 🙂 It’s really helpful. By the way if need a service provider for your data processing and customer services needs, etc. cybergenic[dot]net we are always willing to help 🙂 Please don’t hesitate to contact us. Cheers!

  34. Hi Regina!!

    This is such an inspiring post!! I am on process of becoming a digital marketing freelance and I am looking for clients. Thus, I was wondering what type of contest would the Twitter Superstar in 30 Days be?

    Thanks for the amazing post!!

  35. Those of us who base our businesses online can sometimes forget to go back to basics. Business cards and physical marketing materials are things I’ve overlooked. I especially found #15 helpful in this respect, instead of waiting for clients to contact me maybe I should be going to them. Doing business online makes us complacent in our approach sometimes, or at least it has for me.

  36. Doing a crowdfunding campaign – that’s a great idea. Thanks for this tip! I usually use social media platforms to do my advertising since it’s free. But for the right project, crowdfunding may be worth exploring further.

  37. This list is so great! When first trying to find clients and establish myself, I did a few volunteer projects for non-profits. The first one I did wasn’t for someone who would be in my niche, so in the end I didn’t keep the project on my portfolio for too long as it stuck out (but I did get a great testimonial). The second (and last) pro-bono project I did was for my perfect ideal client, and it ended up landing my several of my first clients who then became referrers for me! One thing I’ve been looking into now is free 20 minute strategy sessions with potential clients. There are so many different possibilities though, as you have mentioned.

    Thanks for the informative post!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like