This is part 2 of a post by Jake Jorgovan on “how to work remotely and reinvent your life.” (In Part 1, he stated that the one thing you must have to do this is the ability to earn an income without being physically present….read on if that sounds good to you!
Now this brings up a serious question, how do you get clients if you are not able to meet them in person or out at networking events?
Well the truth is, this is where things are a bit different.
When you are working remotely, you can no longer rely on networking events as your primary prospecting tactic. Instead, you will have to focus your prospecting efforts on areas that can be accomplished from anywhere. Chances are you are already doing this without even thinking about it.
Examples of remote working prospecting tactics include:
- Building a strong web presence
- Blogging & Content Marketing
- Direct Outreach / E-mail prospecting
- Maintaining relationships with past clients, friends and colleagues
- Asking for referrals
- Utilizing freelance marketplace sites such as oDesk or eLance
- Social Media
- Listing yourself in online directories where your prospects are searching for you
This is a list of a handful of the primary tactics that remote workers can use to get work. Of course there are more, but these are a quick way to get things started.
How to make the jump to working remotely
Start by just trying to work from home as often as you can. This is a great first step. Start building up your new marketing channels and keep trying to figure out the best methods for you to attract clients without meeting them face to face.
Once you land a few clients without the physical interaction, then you will feel the momentum moving. At this point, you can either bunker down in your home and work from there, take an extended vacation that you have dreamed of, or dive in headfirst and move halfway around the world. The great thing about working remotely is there is no right way to do it. Once you have the freedom to work from anywhere the possibilities are endless.
The bottom line
You only need two things to work remotely.
- The ability to earn an income without being physically present
- The ability to win over new clients without relying on in person networking
If you can accomplish these two things, you can work from anywhere and design the life you always dreamed of. A beach in mexico, a cottage stowed away in the mountains or even just your back porch. Working remotely is a beautiful freedom. How will you use it?
Jake Jorgovan helps creative professionals to launch their freelance career, get more clients and work from anywhere. He reguarly publishes a weekly blog post and newsletter at www.jake-jorgovan.com/blog and is also the author of the upcoming book The Creatives Guide to Freelancing.