Mentor?

Hi everyone, I'm new here!
I decided to start freelancing earlier this year, and I've been pretty lost. I have gotten some work through Upwork, but their fees are pretty steep and most of the clients don't seem to be on there most of the time. I'm not sure where to go from here. I think I'd do better if I had a mentor I could email if I have questions or needed a hand with networking or something, but but I don't know how to go about getting one. Any ideas?
Thanks!

  • Hi Cat,

    Going solo could be tough most of the times. I've been through the same situation when I got started. Stick to what you're doing. Be persistent and keep learning new stuff.

    Seriously, that's not a generic advice. We can easily get carried away or get disappointed by things that don't work in the first place.

    Let's come to getting work. Upwork sucks. I know that. Building a solid profile on Upwork would only attract potential buyers and make you money from which the website takes a lot of commission as a fee. But you won't be building a client base of your own. You don't have client's information to reach out later. In short, you're just an agent that Upwork connects with their clients.

    Yes, they are not your clients but Upwork's!

    So, create your own system of acquiring new clients. That's the only fix. Find new leads from multiple sources, qualify them, nurture each and every prospect over the time, and finally, close the deals. Then REPEAT. Believe it or not, this process has worked for me and many other consultants for last 3, 5, or 10+ years and would continue to work for years and years to come.

    However, I was tired of answering the same questions multiple times, so I decided to put up a few of my best strategies as a free email course (in step-by-step lessons) so that anyone who wants to get started with freelancing could refer to it and then email me and ask specific questions while they learn and execute.

    If you would like to, here's the link: http://www.freelancesupremacy.com/recurring-rev...

    Best!
    Shaiq

  • Hi there your answer applies to me too. Many thanks. The link no longer works, is the course not available? Kind regards James

  • Hi Cat,

    Going solo could be tough most of the times. I've been through the same situation when I got started. Stick to what you're doing. Be persistent and keep learning new stuff.

    Seriously, that's not a generic advice. We can easily get carried away or get disappointed by things that don't work in the first place.

    Let's come to getting work. Upwork sucks. I know that. Building a solid profile on Upwork would only attract potential buyers and make you money from which the website takes a lot of commission as a fee. But you won't be building a client base of your own. You don't have client's information to reach out later. In short, you're just an agent that Upwork connects with their clients.

    Yes, they are not your clients but Upwork's!

    So, create your own system of acquiring new clients. That's the only fix. Find new leads from multiple sources, qualify them, nurture each and every prospect over the time, and finally, close the deals. Then REPEAT. Believe it or not, this process has worked for me and many other consultants for last 3, 5, or 10+ years and would continue to work for years and years to come.

    However, I was tired of answering the same questions multiple times, so I decided to put up a few of my best strategies as a free email course (in step-by-step lessons) so that anyone who wants to get started with freelancing could refer to it and then email me and ask specific questions while they learn and execute.

    If you would like to, here's the link: http://www.freelancesupremacy.com/recurring-rev...

    Best!
    Shaiq

  • Hi there your answer applies to me too. Many thanks. The link no longer works, is the course not available? Kind regards James