How did you get your first client?

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Non-related to you and on retainer. Please provide as much detail as possible - step by step - to help people new to the game.
  • Profile picture of the author stopgo
    Cold call.
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    • Profile picture of the author blade007
      Originally Posted by stopgo View Post

      Cold call.
      How many did you call before landing your first paid one? Did you have a script?
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  • Profile picture of the author HAdrian1239
    I got my first client ever on a referral... but I had done some internal work for my family's business (at the time) before that.

    However, my fave method of getting clients is cold calling. There is always SOMEONE out there who wants what you have, if you can explain it in simple terms... your job is to find them, and get them to pay you.
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  • Profile picture of the author idoitbigtime
    How to get the First Client?
    How to make The First Money?
    How to Success?

    One Anwer to all of those Questions

    Stop Be a Wussy - Move your A$$ - JUST DO IT
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  • Profile picture of the author PatrickIcasas
    Craigslist. Responded to an ad, showed him work I'd done from my full-time job (marketing agency) and he approved my proposal.

    Write. Edit. Rinse. Repeat.

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    • Profile picture of the author stopgo
      Yes i had a script. A fairly awful one. About 50 calls until i landed my first client.
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      • Profile picture of the author equal
        I remember my first client. It was dentist. I took $3997 for my services. How I got it?
        My wife was looking for good dentist in our town. She cleaned her teeth with that dentist and she liked service. So we called togehter telling how good they are and how we want to help them get more patients. They got excited. I had great time and come home with 4k in my pocket
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  • Profile picture of the author sandeepkatwala
    Which is the best site to find genuine client?
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  • Profile picture of the author PsycFa
    There is no best method; for me i personally use a combination of all:

    Email: Initial Contact
    Video: Presale service (Personalized and recorded on spot based on the specific business)
    Phone: Inform about the email sent as well as followups.

    Before it took me around 45 mins per client to create everything; I am very selective on the type of leads I contact. But now I outsourced the whole process using same strategies with updated twists.

    You need to find your strengths; if you are an extrovert, cold calling first will be the best choice as you can easily connect. But if you are too shy or have a tendency towards being an introvert; try preselling them via email/videos/imchat etc... then it will be easier to connect with them when you meet face to face or via phone.

    The aim of marketing is to make selling superfluous. The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well that the product or service fits him and sells itself.....

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  • Profile picture of the author leibuu
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    • Profile picture of the author maverick8
      I go mine from direct mail. sent 20 out and got 3 calls. closed 1.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Martin
    I was lucky enough to get a client the very first time I picked up the phone - on my first cold call for web design! It really pumped me up to continue making calls, although I did face a bit of reality when I noticed that it's a bit more difficult to find an interested prospect than I originally assumed!

    Cool thread idea.
    "Be the hero of your own movie."
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  • Profile picture of the author RussellMax
    Referral from my network.
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  • Profile picture of the author AussieT
    I approached a tradesman who pulled up in his truck to go to tht bank. Handed him a flyer and ended up closing the deal then and there including gettin a cheque from him.
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  • Profile picture of the author glen2020
    I got My client By email marketing, out of 50 emails i had 1 client paid to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author mydream111
    generally i use odesk to get client and i got my first client from this site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Demetrius
    I get my first client in and the project was press release submission. That client was very helpful. He helped me all the way to complete the project. Though the rate was a bit lower but it was a very important assignment for me. I will always remember him. His name was "Paul".
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  • Profile picture of the author patriciaC
    I went to a store and it so happend to be the owner that was helping me. I asked if they needed a website and they said I was actually right timing because they had been thinking about getting a website for a while. It was great. Ha
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  • Profile picture of the author Hugh
    "Belly-to-belly sales." The third restaurant I walked into
    needed a website. (a few years ago)


    "Never make someone a priority in your life who makes you an option in theirs." Anon.
    "Some see private enterprise as a predatory target to be shot, others as a cow to be milked, but few are those who see it as a sturdy horse pulling the wagon." -- Winston Churchill

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