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Freelancer: You Don’t Need Clients

Submitted by on March 21, 2010 – 22:038 Comments

Unless you really want to, of course! Otherwise, with the new freelancing trend spreading like virus in the world, a fulltime freelancer doesn’t need clients to survive. You don’t have to go hunting for clients or making cold calls to get new leads. You don’t have to deal with clients or talk with them if you don’t want to. And if all you want to do is wait for projects to fall on your lap and start working on it to earn some money while doing the things you love, then this new kind of virus would certainly bite you. I call it Agency Leacher.

Some of the projects that I work on currently landed on my plate because of the Agency Leacher virus. My ex-employers and previous corporations got to know that I am currently working from home, so with arms wide open they welcome me to be an Agency Leacher. What it means is I become their partner in crime when it comes to business.

How does it work? Their agencies will go out and source for clients. Whenever they receive new projects, they give me a call and ask if I am interested to take on. After a short brief, I send them a quotation. And once they agree with the charges, I start working on the project while they get all the dirty jobs done such as polishing the client’s shoe, tons of paperwork, negotiating with the clients, presentations, traveling, client services, etc. Depending on what drives you in your career, being an Agency Leacher can be rewarding in many ways.

You get to decide the type of work you want to do. An agency will normally outsource tasks to experts in the specific fields required. So if they are looking for you to write headlines for a press ad, that’s all you will have to do in the project. You don’t have to worry about the font colour or the font type. Just focus on what you do best and deliver. And you won’t feel obliged to do something out of your boundaries.

You get paid faster. That’s because whether a client pays the agency or not, the agency will have to pay you eventually. Most agencies have enough money flow to pay you after a job is completed even though the client has not written them a cheque. So instead of waiting for the client’s accountant to settle his accounts at the end of the month, you can actually get paid a week after the completion of the project.

You save more time and money. In this case, you don’t have to spend time chasing the client for a proper brief or information or photos required; you don’t have to travel to client’s offices or make phone calls; you don’t have to explain to the client how things work or why the charges are such for the projects. All you have to do is take the brief, work on it and deliver it on time. No stress, more results.

You receive ever-flowing jobs. Most clients that we get hold of on our own are touch-n-go clients. They come and brief us on a project, we get it done for them, and we probably won’t hear from them until they need our services for a new project. But it’s different with the agency. Once they have locked you down as their primary freelancer, you will be the one they seek every time they’ve got a project. And sometimes, you get to work on multiple projects from the agency at the same time.

The way I see it, being an Agency Leacher is like having an agent working for me for FREE! They go out and source for the projects, they bring the jobs right to my doorstep, I get paid after each project completion, and I don’t even have to pay them a single cent for bringing me so many projects. Isn’t it amazing? And it’s not unethical to be serving multiple agencies at the same time. So if your network is good, you may receive more jobs than you can handle.

Being an Agency Leacher does not stop you from looking for your own clients. It’s an easy way out for fulltime freelancers who dislike to deal with clients directly and waste time on pitching for projects, and it’s an advantage for those who already have a clientele of their own. I have my own clients. But sometimes, business is low and leaching onto agencies helps a lot when I simply couldn’t get my hands on any new jobs.

So if you don’t have clients, don’t be too stressed out. You do not need clients to bring in new projects; you only need the right connection to new projects out there that await expertise just like yours. Leap onto the wave of Agency Leachers and let them do the magic for you. See projects being sent right to your doorstep, listen to agencies pitch their jobs to you, and drink as many mugs of coffee as you like because you will need all the hours you can get to complete the rush of jobs that will be coming your way. Client isn’t the only way for freelancer, there’s always the agencies.

Originally written by Gina Yap Lai Yoong © 2010

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