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brainbuzzmedia says

Quite simply, how do you get clients for freelance work? Or how would you if you didn’t have contacts? I am basically just starting out after college and feel pretty confident in my ability to actually complete the jobs, I just don’t have too many ideas about how to get them. What % of the freelance work / money you make would you say are jobs directly generated from contact with customers on themeforest?

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CreativeMilk says

1. Create a name(brand)

2. Get a personal website with a portfolio(and a working contact form!!!!)

3. Create some stuff for your portfolio

4. Create some good work here on TF(of other marketplaces)

5. Write for blogs to create a name(see no.1)

6. Do not always help people for money(see no.7)

7. Love your work(if people see that you like what you do they will know that you will put in the effort)

8. Social networking

These are some steps that i have done.

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VisualSharing says

Maybe it’s for a bit more advanced, but still worths a look: Getting Clients: Approaching The Company. :)

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EugeneO says

I have found that by selling themes here on Theme Forest you can get a steady stream of clients looking for customisation of you themes.

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RobbyDesigns says

Nice post; I get most of my work from people I knew as an Interior Designer, trouble is most of that work is NDA (secret squirrel) so I can’t put it in my portfolio.

+1 on Mark Dijkstra.

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CreativeMilk says

Also the use of testimonials can do wonders ;)

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Jar says
I have found that by selling themes here on Theme Forest you can get a steady stream of clients looking for customisation of you themes.

What do you normally charge for customization?

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brainbuzzmedia says
I have found that by selling themes here on Theme Forest you can get a steady stream of clients looking for customisation of you themes.
What do you normally charge for customization?

Yeah, I am wondering this as well.

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Bluz says

Just wonder about that question today as well, wanted to add a question if that’s ok by the post opener, What do you guys think about Elance.com as a source for getting freelance jobs?

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OurWebMedia says

My best advice is “just put yourself out there”. Make use of every possible method you have to advertise your services. Most important thing is to offer competitive rates because this job is a dime a dozen unless you’ve already made a good recognizable name for yourself.

Someone said Testimonies, this is a key factor in my opinion. A lot of clients will ask me about previous work. So I provide them with reliable links, like reviews on my Fanpage on Facebook, or those that I was tagged on with Twitter, or reviews on popular forums like WebHostingTalk.com or etc.

But everything mentioned here in this thread is awesome advice.

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