So, before I became a Freelance Web Developer, I was in a well paid job, working as a Website Director and getting my monthly pay-check and tasks were given to me each day to work on. I was always busy and I loved it.

Due to a change in my personal life I left that job and decided to dip my toe in the world of Freelance Web Development. I spent a couple of weeks working on my website and then went live with the site. I knew I would not get any clients by just having a website online…although I secretly hoped it! No one rang or called.

I needed to find work…

I then decided to do some research. I searched for local businesses to see if I could find some websites that needed “improvement”. I found a few and rang the companies. No matter how nice I was on the phone…the answer was “No”.

I needed to find work…

I then found out and read about Business Networking. I can see there are quite a few groups around and some are very expensive. All I wanted to do was get a few websites under my belt for my portfolio. I found a local group that met every few weeks. It was £10 a meet. And I am glad I went…

I will be honest. I was nervous. After 11 years of working for a B2B company where my work was given to me by my boss…I was now on my own! The meeting was at 10:00 and I left at 09:00 to give myself plenty of time. But it was raining and the Dartford Bridge was blocked again. I knew I was going to be late. So I pulled over and contacted the organiser. She was going to be late as well. So I didn’t feel as bad. I am never late for anything!

I arrived and there were a few ladies there already. We started talking over a Latte and I explained how I was finding the world of being freelance quite hard to get going. I just wanted a few clients…

It was a great meeting. I got two clients from it. One of my clients introduced me to another client aswell.

In summary…get away from your screen…and go and Network! I know being a web developer or a programmer…it is daunting but it does seem to work. Some meetings will go well and you may get some work and others may not.  But as they say…”you have to be in it to win it…”

 

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