Finding Your First Client as A Contractor

As many contractors would agree, one of the hardest things that you have to deal with, when starting, would be finding the right client. It will be good if you can start looking for clients at least two weeks before your target of starting with work. This will provide you with ample time to attend several interviews and sufficient time to decide which offer to accept and which ones should be rejected. Keep on reading the rest of this post and you will know some of the things that can help you to find your first client.

Be Part of Contractor Communities

If you are looking for contracts for programming, or any other line of work, one of the first things that you should do is to find an online community wherein members share the same interest as yours. You can sign up to join the mailing list of different websites. In these online communities, you must be able to sell yourself or your services. Make sure to highlight your knowledge and skills, showing what you can offer that other contractors may not be able to provide. Be familiar with the rules of the community and pay attention to what other members are doing to learn from them.

Ask People You Know

When looking for new contracts, one of the easiest things that can be done to search for potential clients is to ask people you know, such as family, friends, and colleagues. Let them know that you are starting out as a contractor and that their help will be appreciated in order to find your first contract. Take them out for dinner or drinks and ask them if there is anyone they can possibly recommend.

Use LinkedIn

Over the years, LinkedIn has been a promising platform for the development of new business contracts. In fact, in the UK alone, it is estimated that there are more than 15 million LinkedIn users, which has also helped build its reputation as one of the best places for contractors to advertise their services and for clients to search for providers. Make sure to create a carefully-crafted LinkedIn profile and highlight your skills to make it easier for you to attract the attention of potential clients.

Look for Recruitment Agencies

Many contractors will agree that this is one of the least favoured ways to find a client. Agencies can charge skyrocketing cuts from contract payments, making your income lower. In addition, many recruitment agencies may just be fishing for information about your past clients that they can add to their list, so be careful about disclosing anything. It may also take a while before you can find your first contract because many agencies manage a huge community of contract seekers. Still thinking of how to find your first client as a contractor? Sign up now and learn from our free guide how you can succeed as a contractor.

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Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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