How to start freelancing and get your first freelance client (2021)

start freelancing 2021

Want to know how to start your freelancing business and start finding freelance clients in 2021?

In this blog post, I will share how you can shift from your 9-5 job to becoming a successful freelancer in 7 simple steps.

These are the exact steps I followed to become a freelancer where I am now making $5k/ month consistently.

You can also scroll down and click on the video below to watch me talk about how these 7 steps have helped me transition into freelancing stress-free!

Here they are:

7 Simple Steps to start freelancing

1. Have savings

Having 3-6 months savings will act as a buffer for you when you are looking for your freelance clients. But if you don’t have that much money saved, there are some life hacks you can use to get around it. For instance, consider moving back in with your parents, becoming a digital nomad or simply embracing minimalism.

2. Ask your Employer for Freelance Work

Check with your boss if they would consider giving you freelance work! Since they already know and trust you, chances are they’d be happy to keep working with you remotely, as a freelancer, especially if you have always done a good job at the office!

3. Clean all your social media

When you are an online freelancer, social media is one of your best marketing tools. Leverage off your social media platforms to promote your freelance services. Make sure to look professional and specific on all platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin, making it clear in your bio that you are now a freelancer and looking for clients in your industry.

4. Build your Portfolio

Not only will you look more professional with an online portfolio, but it also allows you to attract your ideal client and not waste anyone’s time. My sales call shortened by a lot once I built my online portfolio. Clients knew exactly what my services were, what my work with past clients were and simply got on a call with me to see if we were a good fit.

5. Niche down

Focus on advertising your niche services only and leaving out any extra services you could potentially offer. Although this seems counter-intuitive, niching down does expand your business and attract more clients. By being more specific about what you do and, even, who you do it for, you are able to build your authority in your niche industry. Nobody likes a generalist! Once you get the client on a sales call you can then upsell any add-on service that you might not have promoted previously.

6. Tell everyone in your network you’re freelancing

Make sure to tell everyone in your network and close circle about what you being a freelancer. Tell them what kind of services you offer and who you could potentially help. Not only might you land yourself a client from your current network, but this also serves as a great way to practice and refine your pitch. 

7. Pitch to Strangers

Finally, it’s time to pitch your freelance services to strangers online. I prefer to steer clear of cold pitching (at least until you’ve build yourself a solid portfolio and plenty of authority). Instead, adopt a permission-based marketing approach where you ultimately pitch to people who are most likely already looking for someone like you. I like to use Facebook groups and Instagram for pitching online. 

Final Thoughts

There you go! I hope these 7 steps will help you start your amazing journey as a freelancer the right way! Remember that freelancing is not a easy-go-lucky affair. It requires strategic thinking and a lot of resilience if you want to make it work and turn it into a profitable business. 

However, these easy steps can help you transition into freelancing with less fear, confusion and mistakes. And if you want to take this to the next-level and find out how to attract your first high-ticket client, download my high-ticket blueprint right here!

I am so rooting for you!

Chadvee