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How Can I Move Clients Away from Freelance Sites?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Jubv, May 23, 2014.

  1. Jubv

    Jubv BANNED BANNED

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    I have a few clients who I write content for through freelance sites. The fees don't really bother me but what does bother me is the strict deadlines enforced by some of the sites and one of them even takes a deduction from your account balance if you don't deliver on time.

    So my question is, is there any way I can move my clients away from freelance sites without raising suspicion?


    Thanks for reading, and thank you in advance for any creative input :D
     
  2. rave12

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    You can tell them that you won't spend much time on the freelancer site and instead focus more on your own website. Maybe throw in some first time discount to make thing better.
     
  3. LionMK

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    I think he is concerned about being banned from the freelancing sites that he is using if he shares info about his site or contact information with his clients.
    My advice: you can always send them samples of your website or maybe ask them for their website url and go there leave a comment and get in touch....
     
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  4. rob1977

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    Can you not send a thank you letter with your url in the signature every time you do business.

    Place a tag line on the signature hinting but not outright telling them that the url is the best place to get you.
     
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    With Report, send Your Client Invitation for 25% Off or some Offer that they can not Refuse to work outside Freelance. but if Fees not problem, You can keep working there.
     
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    here are the things you can do.

    1. if you have a profile id on freelance sites. tru to get a domain and email id similar to that eg blackstar is your profile id, you could get a blackstart.com as well as blackstar@gmail.com this helps in the ease of communicating, hintiong and helping the client remember you.
    2. for every work you do send it as zipped files , you can either password lock with your id preferebly, and also in the reports or snapshots make a small section makes your contact details noticeable
    3. in the zipped folder you can insert a read me file with details
    4. don't sound too pushy to ask them to do business outside freelance sites, just let them know that you provide services off freelance sites as well.
    5. offer discount packs
    6. in the reports or submission tell them "if you feel there are any correction or if there is anything else you need help with you are available faster through blackstar@gmail.com or blackstar.com that urges the person to contact you directly.
    7. alternatively you can also ask them to sign up a small signup or survey form, through a link , so that you can help them better, try to make it optional but to enticing for them to pass it away...
     
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  7. Jubv

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    Yeah that's my main concern, I apologise for not clarifying in the OP. The freelance sites I use say that they moderate the messages so I think a website URL might come up as a red flag.

    I have tried the first suggestion but my business name is 16 characters, 2 words. It was too long so I had to settle for just the first word. I think suggestion 2 and 3 would work really well but the sites I work on don't allow files to be sent (Hirewriters and iWriter are my main sites).

    I think I'll try suggestion 6, maybe say I'm out of the office for the day and will only be able to reply on skype or through email :)


    Thanks for contributing everyone, I appreciate it.