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Want Freelance Clients? Here’s How to Find Them

Want Freelance Clients? Here’s How to Find Them


No matter your industry, be it online or offline if you’re a freelancer there is going to come a time in your career where you need to find clients. It might be out of necessity or it might simply be that you fancy a change. Whatever your reasoning, you’re going to need to know how to go about it and specifically where to look.

Whilst the scope for such a subject as finding freelance clients is undoubtedly huge, this article is going to focus on finding freelance clients for web based/online work. Whether you’re a web design, programmer, online marketer or content creator this article should have something for you. I hope you enjoy the read and hopefully, some of the sources I’ve documented below will yield you the fresh clientele you desire. So without further adieu, let’s get started.


Typically, forums have a bit of a stigma attached to them. In the past, they’ve been almost looked down upon as a place where the low ballers hang out trying to broker themselves a cheap employee from a third world or emerging country. Whilst this is true and the statement is not completely unfounded, there are users of specific forums who still have a good budget and are willing to pay a correct and fair price to get the job done.

In my opinion, the various freelance forums around the web contain primarily two groups of people. Firstly, it’s the low ballers as mentioned above but they also tend to be a great source for first timers who have never hired a professional freelancer before. Sure, there is also everything in between but these two groups are the majority.

Forums such as DigitalPoint and Warrior have long been a great resource for both freelancers and there would be clients alike. Whatever your industry, you’ll find sub forums and people looking to buy and sell their wares across all niches via simple, well-categorized offerings. You just need to learn how to separate the wheat from the chaff and have a thick skin to rebuke the low ball offerings.

Freelance Websites

Freelance websites such as or are fantastic resources for freelancers looking to find work. The popularity of sites such as these, especially over the past few years has exploded. Previously it used to be limited to extremely experienced individuals doing the hiring and that meant that in order to compete you had to be significantly better than the next guy. These days, every man and his dog are hiring workers at all levels via sites such as these which has really opened the market right up.

As mentioned above, these websites are popular from a customers perspective but because of that, you can expect a lot of competition. Especially if you’re in a field with a vast array of competitors such as content writing or online marketing. The whole process can be a bit of a dog eat dog experience but like with the forums, you have to learn to take the rough with the smooth, to rebuke the low balls and be willing to compete for the better projects.

Your Own Website

This might sound obvious but a lot of the freelancers I know don’t even bother with a website offering their services or at least offering a portfolio illustrating their capabilities. I recently read this guide which doesn’t mention running a website at all, which is surprising to me as personally I think your own website if built correctly can yield more potential customers than any forum or freelance referrer website could. If nothing else it can be used to provide more information to would-be clients.

If you do go down this route and consider putting your own site together, make sure it’s loaded with content. By that I meant whatever service you offer, even if you’re not massively experienced at such, make sure it’s on the site. Who knows what it could yield.

Referrals from Existing Customers

I call this turning one into two. By that I mean if you’re lucky enough to land one customer, do everything in your power to make sure that not only do they come back to you the next time you need something but they’re also willing to pass you on to someone who needs a similar service. How many people do you think need a web design or a piece of content but don’t know anyone in their life who needs the same either currently on further down the line? If you do a good job for one person there is no reason they wouldn’t pass you on to someone else and those, in turn, would referrer you also. If you’re good enough you should only need a handful of clients to get the ball rolling.

Finding clients doesn’t need to be difficult. If you know your capabilities, know where to look and can take a knock back on the chin you’ll no doubt be able to find enough work to survive. In truth finding the client and negotiating the deal is often harder than the work itself. If you’re serious about freelancing you can’t afford to fall at the first hurdle or wind yourself up into a frenzy if someone doesn’t want to pay your quoted price. And don’t even get me started on the non-paying clients who unfortunately plague every industry and who you’ll undoubtedly come across.

Freelancing can be fun and profitable if done right, you just need to know where to look and have to be mentally prepared sufficiently to take it on.

How to build the perfect landing page for free with Wix

How to build the perfect landing page for free with Wix


Why are they important to your business, and how to build a great one that converts?

But first, what is a landing page? – Know the facts

According to Google analytics glossary:

The first page a visitor views during a session; also known as the entrance page.

And according to Wikipedia:

In online marketing, a landing page, sometimes known as a “lead capture page” or a “lander”, is a single web page that appears in response to clicking on a search engine optimized search result or an online advertisement. The landing page will usually display directed sales copy that is a logical extension of the advertisement, search result or link.

We can see that we have two definitions on the subject; the first one references an initial page a visitor sees during its session and the second one explains it as a single page you get after clicking on a link that is part of a marketing effort in order to obtain a lead or a sale. (more…)

22+1 Awesome Pop-Up Books For Designers

22+1 Awesome Pop-Up Books For Designers

Still looking for the “coolest” gift for a the creative guy? What to give as present to a design geekk? who surely has from the latest drone to the fancy GoPro? What about a long forgotten medium: A Pop Up Book! well not the Peppa one, I am talking about real manifestations of paper engineering. Marvelous expressions of creativity and art. Here is a list of 22+1 Pop Up books for the that inner child that refuses to die, and will probably eat macaroni and cheese until the end of its days.

The alphabet has never been so beautiful, quirky or creative as in this astounding novelty book. Buy at amazon.
Ten magnificent pop-up sculptures that challenges readers to find the one red dot. Buy at amazon.
Readers are challenged to find all 600 black spots within the paper sculptures. Buy at amazon.
Search beautiful, modern pop-ups to discover the hidden yellow square on each spread. Buy at Amazon.
A beautiful cacophony delighting everyone! in each of these spectacular pop-up sculptures. Buy at amazon.
White Noise is an explosion of startling shapes and colors and subtle sounds. Buy at amazon.
SPOT THE DOT hidden in lift-the-flaps, turn-wheels, pull-tabs, and a giant pop-up that leaps off the page! Buy at Amazon.
A triumph of pop-up artistry and a sure conversation-starter, these bouquets burst forth with color, joy, and lasting beauty. Buy at amazon.
These marvelous paper constructions allow us to appreciate the artist’s impossible geometry and his themes of infinity and paradox. Buy at amazon.
Surreal paintings from the inimitable Salvador Dalí, brought to life through spectacular pop–up pages. Buy at amazon.
Celebrating the great director by devoting a spread apiece to seven of his better-known suspense films. Buy at amazon.
Celebrating the great director by devoting a spread apiece to seven of his better-known suspense films. Buy at amazon.

Telltale hearts will tick-tick-tick oh-so-fast as you read the four terrifying tales.
Buy at amazon.

Telltale hearts will tick-tick-tick oh-so-fast as you read the four terrifying tales.
Buy at amazon.

Encyclopedia Prehistorica

An awe-inspiring tribute to the world’s most beloved extinct animals.
Buy at amazon.

Inspired by the Emmy® Award–winning credits sequence that opens each episode of the hit HBO® series. Buy at amazon.

Buy at amazon.

Heroes, and villains of the DC Universe in this ultimate 3-D masterpiece!
Buy at amazon.

Shift, change, and rise to battle in this spectacular interactive pop-up adventure
Buy at amazon.

Buy at amazon.

A legendary sci-fi epic as you’ve never seen it before.
Buy at amazon.

The Avengers must reassemble to combat the robotic menace of Ultron
Buy at amazon.

Star Wars: A Scanimation Book

This is not exactly a pop up book, it is indeed a Scanimation or Kinegram — an acetate overlay containing vertical stripes over a specially prepared image and slowly moved from right to left. But I though it was such a great way to end this yet awesome list of pop up books for the children of all ages.

Imagine: the first Star Wars book that actually moves, bringing to life the most memorable scenes from the epic.
Buy at amazon.

WIX unveils its new web editor and it is gorgeous

WIX unveils its new web editor and it is gorgeous

3052016-slide-s-1-wixWhen it comes to DIY web editors, WIX is the first thing that pops in to my mind. Well, maybe because I am one of their early adopters several years ago and long time fan. I must confess I never really like their flash templates – Never were fond of flash indeed. It seemed like a gimmick to me. But when the world started to point their heads to the HTML5 direction these guys were no exception. They jumped into the wagon, saying goodbye to our convoluted friend.

And they don´t stop moving. The cloud-based web development platform, with more than 72m users, have rebuilded its website editor and its faster, looks great and has tons of new feature – and off course it remains free.

This is their mayor improvement since its move from the now almost forgotten flash to HMTL5 back in 2012. Now in 2015 they have revealed a totally revamped web editor with the help of React javascript technology from Facebook.

New editor builded for the wow factor

The all new wix website editor sport some stunning trendy features, and plenty of industry specific templates or if you feel creative you can built your very own. The user experience feels very snappy must be for the React Js and the point and click editor continue to be enjoyable and simple. In fact when my friends or a client comes to me with relative small project, asking me for a quotation to accomplish it with WordPress. I do tell them, you don’t really need it – its true believe me. You can achieve a great looking sites for a fraction of my quote or even free with WIX. And they always thanks me.

Fullscreen videos or Video Backgrounds

This one of my favorites things, it immediately adds an edgy looking to your business. It can be shown to convey a message or use it as a background – My personal favorite, as you can see on the header of this blog. There is a selection of videos to chose in their library and you upload your own.

Parallax scrolling

I still remember the first time I saw this. It was back in the 80’s playing for the first time Asteroids – I believe the very first space shooter. For the 90’s kids the reference would be Super Mario Bross World for the SNES, I loved it. Besides my old-school nostalgia, I really like this one, because it give a sense of depth to your design. Your content looks gorgeous with this layer of 3D feeling. Not to mention it makes your site looks like the A-list ones.

Pint to screen

Make an element of your website persistent to you visitor, so it will alway be visible. Like social tools or newsletter forms, that way they can be accessible all the time. This is a great way to increase conversions in your site.


The only drawback I can point out, is the inability to export your site in html and place it in another hosting. Something that would only affect the more advanced users, but wait, they are should be doing their site themselves.

Other than that The new WIX web editor confirms the well earned place as the top of mind of the DIY, code free editors on the web. Whether is a small project or mid size business this is your best choice if you are on a budget or just want to do it your self. Even if you don’t have any prior experience in design or code. You will achieve professional looking results.

Design tips for building a mobile site

Design tips for building a mobile site

If you’re building your first mobile site, you may be unsure of where to start in your design. What’s more, you might be worried about messing things up or making the site difficult to use on mobile. Luckily, we are here to help you with some hints and tips for designing your mobile site!

To begin with, it’s never too late to start planning for the future. Mobile design advances very quickly, and you want to be a step ahead of your competitors. Therefore, study trends within the mobile design market and come up with designs which work both for current models and in anticipations for the future. This way, if you do need to redesign your site in the future, these redesigns will be minimal, cheaper and more efficient. (more…)