The biggest fear of a freelancer lawyer is not getting income consistently from clients, this month can be a lot, and maybe next month cannot be at all. To be honest, it used to be a frightening specter for me. What is the solution?
Only 2: Connection and Ability!
Is the connection in question is Corruption Collusion Nepotism? Of course not, but more towards your business network. What’s the use of you having the ability to design a deity but no one knows about your ability? Therefore the first tips are:
Yup, or simple language: CURRENT! Increase existence with lots of new people. So a freelancer lawyer does not mean we just stay at home while looking for a job anyway? Go into a community that supports your work and get acquainted with new people, in case your friends your friends need your services in the future. You’ll never know! Once I got a project from my old girlfriend’s girlfriend that I accidentally met in my friend’s brother’s sister. Far? Yes… As I said, you will never know. Always prepare a business card in your pocket about 30 pieces at any time, so you’ll always be ready to expand your connection wherever you are.
Do not forget also the influence of network of friends in cyberspace. I myself have facebook, friendster, twitter, plurk, pownce, linkedIn, flickr, cerpenista and also own blog to express daily opinions and curses. In addition I am also incorporated in the mailing list WebPM, id-apple, ID-Firefox, high school alumni mailing lists and lectures and more. Ok, maybe most I never update. But google will index all those pages, and all those pages will point to my personal site.
Be Useful for Your Clients!
Just circulating is not enough, you certainly want to remember and referenced people because of your expertise dong? Show everyone what you can and make them remember by helping them. If you do not have a sufficient portfolio, offer your services for free to non-profit organizations, write interesting and useful tips for many people on your blog, create free wordpress blog templates, offer vector illustrations or icon designs you do not use for download people, and many more ways to be useful to others.
For example, I wrote an article on how to share internet connection at home and 1 article contributed about 300 visitors to my blog every day. Being active on the WebPM mailing list brings quite a lot of projects and lots of recommendations to clients from overseas. If you help others, others will definitely help you. Maybe a little naive, but there’s nothing wrong with being a good person.
Develop your skills and show it to the world, BE USEFUL!
Ok, maybe this is more to the result of the 2 tips above. When you are well known to many people and already useful to those people, the recommendations will spread widely. Starting from your friends, friends of your friends and so on. What you are doing now is just waiting and let your popularity work by itself.