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How to Find Potential Customers Right Now

You’re not alone! We all want to make more money with the little bit of free time that we have. The following is an excerpt from Start Freelancing Now, a premium guide that has been put together by Martin of Studenomics. 

I have been following Martin since 2009 and am happy to help promote him and his work since he is the real deal – a good guy with an extrepreneurial spirit that wants to help others.

It’s time to find freelancing clients for every other type of service.

How can you find clients? The easy answer is that it depends on what sort of freelancing you plan on doing. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer here. Luckily for you, I’m not here to give you the easy answer or to speak in general terms. I want you to achieve real results.

How can you find real clients that’ll pay you real money?


Have you ever done any work for anyone at some point in your life? Have you ever helped anyone out with anything (free or paid)?

What referrals come down to is finding those that you’ve legitimately helped out in the past and asking them to put in a good word for you. A referral can help you get in touch with their friends or you can use a referral to put in a good word with strangers that are just looking for a testimonial.

Here’s another angle to referrals: you can also promote a new service to an old client. For example, if you worked as a fitness trainer for someone the past, you can contact them to let them know that you’re now moving into nutrition. The same client and a new service offering.


Facebook can actually be used for more than just posting up group shots at the bar. Trust me, I was surprised too when I found this out. I’ve never personally used Facebook to profit in any way (other than a good time), but I know two buddies that have. My one friend Bohdan landed a new gig from a comment he posted on Facebook.

There’s also my buddy Jason.

Jason is a tattoo artist and I just saw him put up something pretty cool on Facebook.

“Let’s go guys, it’s tattoo time! Bring in three people for a tattoo and get a FREE tattoo valued at $100.”

I didn’t think anything of this comment until I noticed that he had received 22 comments the next morning. I quickly became fascinated with this, so I decided to shoot him a message. Jason told me how he had plenty of new business and that he was booked up for next few weeks.

Those are impressive results from a simple Facebook comment.

Kijiji or Craigslist.

There are plenty of ways to use these sites to help you find clients. I personally recommend keeping it simple. Search for similar services and see what the top-performers are doing. Their ads will show you what you should be striving for.

Online sites.

You can also use Elance and oDesk to find freelance work. These sites are usually all about your portfolio and customer feedback. You have to slowly build your way up here. I’m not a big fan of these to be honest. However, they may prove to be useful or profitable for you.

Your community center.

There’s always going to be the classic community center example of finding freelance work. You know how this works. Put up a catchy ad at the local community center where everyone goes.

Now it’s time for you to find your first client. I want you to start off by jotting down potential clients right now! Then you go can after them. You should have your first paid client by the end of the week.

Quick note from Martin: I hope you enjoyed this expert from my premium guide. Don’t forget to grab your copy NOW.

I’m going to do a giveaway for the readers of Budgeting In The Fun Stuff only. All you have to do is share the coolest way that you met someone. This can be a current friend or an old-lover. The top two responses will receive a free copy of this guide.

Crystal’s Comments:  I start conversations with random people everywhere.  My husband hates it, which is hilarious since that was how we finally started talking.  🙂

FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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16 thoughts on “How to Find Potential Customers Right Now

  1. Thanks for the ideas! I know referrals are big but I will have to check out the other ones…

  2. I usually talk to people everywhere too, Crystal. You never know who you can meet at the grocery store while waiting to check out:) Probably the weirdest way I met someone was when I met my now-husband at a funeral. Not where you’d think to meet new people, but it goes to show that it can happen anywhere!

  3. @Stacy Referrals always work in all areas of life. However, there’s definitely no one-size-fits-all answer.

    @ Dawn Hey, I guess when one door closes another one opens (maybe a bad joke). That’s pretty cool.

    @Jenna Twitter… um.. I’m having a tough time saying yes to that one. Do you know anyone that has used Twitter to find a client? I love Twitter but it’s more for jokes and wasting time in my humble opinion.

    @Kathleen What’s that?

  4. Facebook is an awesome way to promote and reach potential clients that you may not have even thought had an interest in your company or what your trying to sell. Not only that, but a random friend of yours may know another friend who would be interested in what you’re offering. Make a page for your company and gain ‘likes’ and comments to promote your brand.

  5. Elance and Odesk are great places to get leads too. If you build a portfolio there and do an awesome job for a client, they may want to hire you outside of the freelancing system.

    Great post Martin.

  6. I had just moved to a city of over a million people for an internship. It was arranged by my school, so I never actually interviewed or met anyone from the office where I would be working. The second day I was there, before starting the job, I got lost in a dog park. I ran into a couple with their dog and was asking how to get back to the entrance. We struck up a conversation about me being new and why I was there, when the gentelman asked, “What’s your name?” The he introduced himself as my intern supervisor, who turned out to be a wonderful person and mentor.

  7. No doubt eemusings I thought the same thing!! I would take LinkedIn over Facebook any day. I get 6 figure opportunities there regularly. Good article though thanks!!!

  8. Great ideas! Two tools I have personally utilized to form business connections:

    1) Twitter- Yes, it is for joking around and wasting time for some people. However, I have devoted my Twitter energies towards business and reaching out to people whom would otherwise be inaccessible to me (experts, authors, bloggers). Through my Twitter activities, I have had the opportunity to ask questions of experts in my chosen field and have also been contacted by people who are interested in what I am doing.

    2) This is a website for startup companies from all over the world to post job opportunities. It can be a great resource for freelancers! I found a personal finance company looking for technical assistance (not my field of expertise), but contacted them anyway due to my interest in their project. I offered to work for them for free for awhile because I was so excited about what they were doing, and it eventually led to a paid contract position.

    While my own experiences did not lead to paid work right away, I did form meaningful connections with people who can now refer me to others.

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