OMG! What a title right? I learned from Youtube that you have to have those “clickbait” titles for people to check your stuff. Maybe you were a victim of that or maybe you just want to read my blog which I super duper appreciate. It’s not often that people read blogs nowadays so when I say from the bottom of my heart, I truly appreciate you reading this, I mean it.
Now, let’s do some real talk here. If you are a beginner and want to know how to work online and you keep applying and applying and you have not landed one client for over a week or weeks or months – then my question is for you…how desperate are you to land that client? If yes is your answer here are some of the well-proven steps that I have done for the past seven years. And yup, if you are reading this, you are getting it for free.
Let me simplify it in five totally doable items:
1. Make your presence known. Have a Facebook Page. Yes, I know Facebook can now be overrated but you need to have somewhere to show people who you are and what you do and having a Facebook page is FREE anyway so what’s the holdup? Make sure your page showcases you. And if you have a little bit of a budget, I would totally recommend that you create your website. It doesn’t need to be super fancy – it has to be functional and informative.
2. Don’t get stuck on the online job platforms. There are other means to reach your clients. Try LinkedIn for one (make sure though that your LinkedIn account is a total badass and super complete) and reach out to clients. You can also try Facebook Groups and Instagram. Just make sure that if you are on the Facebook Groups you just don’t go about sniping clients, talk to the group itself. Show your skills and comment on people – in short, build relationships.
3. Don’t be choosy. I’ve seen a lot of budding online professionals asking for this and that and saying they can’t do this and that and that’s the end of it. You at this stage of your career does not have the right to be choosy. Be flexible instead.
4. Be authentic. Clients love real people. They love honesty because they only see you online so what you show online is who you really are when you start working with them. Stop being an ass (if you are one) and be real.
5. Love the job. It will be hard at times. It will be exhausting. It will be confusing. And sometimes when you try to ask for help, instead of getting help, “mentors” and “gurus” ask you for your money instead. Learn to search for your own answers.
I’m getting the hang of this blogging thing so let me know in the comments what you think.