All posts filed under: Referrals

How to Expand Your Creative Business: The ‘Daily Drop-By’ 30-Day Challenge

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Clients / Motivation / Promotion / Referrals

Landing new paid work for your creative enterprise can be bloody difficult. Whether you run a bigger creative company or you are a part-timer artist, the biggest challenge very often is to win new assignments or commissions. You've chosen to be your own boss rather than work under somebody else's rules. I hear ya. The freedom to decide when and where to work under your own terms is a delicious idea... ...But with freedom comes […]

11 Things Most Other People Never Do that You Can Do to Win Amazing Clients

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Adding Value / Promotion / Referrals / Remarkability / Selling

Do you do what everyone else does? With so many products and services flying around out there, you’d do well to stand out to attract the fans and buyers who need you. People are responding to this with various forms of self promotion and getting the word out there. The trouble is, most people are either simply not doing enough, or they resort to being grotesque (any pop ‘stars’ come to mind?), or they’re doing […]

6 Basic Social Media ‘No Nos’ that are Stopping Freelancers from Winning Clients

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Business / Promotion / Referrals / Social Media

We all know that there is plenty of value to be extracted out of social media platforms as a freelancing hero. If you get it just right, you can use social networks as a solid source of wonderful long-term clients. Google+ for example, is one platform that has a lot of potential for finding new connections to turn into clients. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves and ruin a smooth, positive and ultimately fruitful experience […]

Ten Essential Business Tips for Creatives

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Administration / General / Money / Networking / Referrals

To be happy and fulfilled, creatives need to spend the majority of their time creating. To be successful in business, creatives need to spend some time (not a lot!) taking care of basic business concerns. Here's a list of essential business tips to keep you focused on what's most important. 1. Make Good Offers and Promises Don't sit back an wait for work to come to you. Make offers to help your clients improve their business. […]

Ten of the Easiest Ways to Find and Meet New People To Boost Your Career

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Networking / Referrals / Resources / Social Media

Building a network of contacts, medicine whether clients, other professionals in your industry or advisers, is a vital element of your life as a successful creative freelancer. The larger your network of useful people, who can provide new jobs, advice and support, the more opportunities will come your way. Finding contacts on the Internet is a good way of building a network, and having a large and relevant online network is very useful. Taking this […]

How to Get More Referrals So You Get More Work

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Brand You / General / Networking / Referrals / Social Media

The key to self promotion, and ultimately getting more work as a creative, lies in getting plenty of referrals. A referral is when your services are advertised for you through word of mouth through other people. For example, someone might have stumbled on your online portfolio, seen the quality and the professionalism behind your work and told a friend they knew who subsequently hired you. In the business world, 80% of companies get 70% of […]

Using Key Influencers to Step Up Your Self Promotion Strategy

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Networking / Radical Strategic Visibility / Referrals / Resources / Social Media

The Internet has only very recently opened up a new kind of opportunity for creatives and others, that hasn't really been seen before. With the web's ability to link together people who can interact (key word here) in constantly growing online networks, the knowledge, expertise and support of people, along with their pre-established networks has never been more accessible. Particularly through social media platforms like Facebook or Tagged, it has become possible to get through […]

Can Blog Commenting Help You Promote Yourself?

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Brand You / Fresh Visitors / General / Networking / Radical Strategic Visibility / Referrals

There are already millions of blogs floating around in the cyber cosmos, and new ones are popping up every second. If that isn't enough, all kinds of people are expressing their views, joining in discussions, and just stopping by to say hello in the form of comments left on blogs. In and amongst this seemingly large heap of information, you as a creative freelancer, in need of useful and effective self promotion, may be wondering […]