AMAZING ADVICE! I have been a freelance artist (focusing on corporate identity/logos) on and off for 7yrs after graduating but this past year I quit my lame day job and focused more on what I enjoy. Leap & the net will appear. I kept super busy during the Summer months just by mouth-of-mouth, as I live along the Maine coast and Summer provides a lot of opportunity...but winter is lonnnng and a total drag on the finances! I turned to elance and made some decent proposals with NO results!! So frustrating. My proposals have all been given to corporate profiles/foreign artists that shit out a ton of work for super cheap. A video is a wonderful spin on landing a potential client. I hope I can bust out of this elance beginners mode. Thanks for the inspiration. :)
Had this in my pocket for long time. Even though I probably can't use it, it's a brilliant application how to hack your worked generally. It's really interesting stuff! Thank you for writing it.
Daniel, thanks so much for this resource. Truly invaluable. As a copywriter, I've been struggling to fight against my competition's rock bottom prices on Elance- I simply can't work at the same rates that fellow Indian copywriters are happy to accept! I'm definitely going to try some video proposals (even though I'm a copywriter!!).
If you ever need a copywriter for a colaboration project, hit me up! https://www.elance.com/s/jameslewendonwriting/
Who...lly...cow... I cannot believe I have been so dumb witted as to not make video proposals. Thanks for posting this, you might have gotten me my next big thing. I'm in translating, so I won't be threat to you guys. In fact, check out my profile and give me a shout if we have some work to do together; https://www.elance.com/s/haaland/
Hey Daniel, congrats for your achievements. You really think out of the box and many things/principles you've been saying/trying to demonstrate are excellnet mindsets that are being validated and repeated also by other successful people around the world. I wish you all the best and good luck . Gustavo
Great stuff. Really laid out in an easy to follow and more importantly easy to understand process. Need to study this a bit more and put my own plans into action. Got quite a few ideas but like in the video its a big paralyzing to make the leap.
Wow man. You really laid it all out there. Brilliant. Now I need to take some action. Thanks bro! I'm excited for what's coming!
Dude, you're amazing. I'm so glad I found this blog and decided to join the E-mailing list. I'm an aspiring programmer who's planning on avoiding that 9-5 deathtrap, and a lot of your content just really hits home for me. Keep doing what you're doing! I genuinely appreciate the time and effort you put into pushing this sort of value out on a consistent basis. Thanks, bro!
This article is great. I have never read anything like that before, you were right. Step-by-step instructions.Nice...
Daniel, just read through the whole article. First off, if people aren't on your email list.. They need to get on fast because the email that got me to this point had a personal story that pushed the envelope toward this awesome article. So about the article. This was sooooo easy to read that it makes sense in my head and I've not even started doing the work on e-lance or have seen the what your talking about yet. That being said, now that my computer is running tip/top shape. I'm getting on e-lance today and beginning to play around and who knows maybe make a deal. Your article was honestly that easy. I've always been intimidated by the site but your article gave me the whole flow so I don't feel like I'm going to put myself out there in any damaging way. Look forward to testing this out. I mean its simple: have a portfolio, have a page up on e-lance, look for the right client, research their page, bid for the gig fast, send a personalized vid and write a personalized copy right?! Simple steps and you've given us a easy flowing, relaxed approach to accomplishing it. Thanks
This is some solid out-of-the-box thinking, and quite effective! Awesome post. Its ideas like this that help differentiate yourself from the competition.
Fantastic Stuff. I'm thinking of starting a tutoring service here in los angeles and I'll try to understand the competition a little better now by posing as a student and finding the best way to get clients as well as tutors.
This is great! I love the concept of testing. Also I agree that it is important to specifically target your customer and not do the volume thing.
This is epic! I was thinking to dive in Elance to see what can I do and this post gave me a good boost :) I'm doing SEO so I'll try your tactic exactly - yup I'm going to steal it - and after a week later I'll let you know about it, promise... Right now I'm writing my proposal, I hope it'll work for me too.
Insightful video and article- I especially liked how you tested out your competition before diving in yourself as well as testing out business ideas. It reminded me a bit of aspects of social engineering when you posted a fake job proposal to see how your competition would respond and how to out do them.
Extremely helpful! I love how you use such a direct approach, no fluff and no BS that I've seen on so many other blogs/websites. I feel that using your idea of a human connection with clients (or blog readers in my case) makes a huge difference. I started up a website a few months ago and found a big difference in the responses I got when I highlighted personal experiences rather than just straight information. Now I'm considering making a video!
Wow this is really helpful! The breakdown is pretty detailed and I was visualizing how I could implement this structure to what I'm going into which is e-commerce and it makes perfect sense! Thanks for putting this out there, it's seriously a breath of fresh air
@RobMcNelis Glad you enjoyed it, Rob!
@Haaland Sweet man, I'll take a look!
@gustvao Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Gustavo. Trying to give some really great stuff that isn't out there yet ;)
@HR_TX Glad you liked it, my friend. I tried to be as detailed as possible. It can be paralyzing, but you can push through!
@YomiAlimiPharmD No prob man, and thanks so much for reading! Time to implement!
@Artie Negron Artie! Thanks so much man - glad you found a ton of value. You can definitely find a way to leverage yourself as a programmer. Even with limited experience, I've been able to hack it together. It totally works. Stay on the lookout, tons more good stuff coming this week.
@Mardem Glad to have helped, Mardem. This is the guide that I needed when I started, so I just decided to write it!
@SergioValentin Glad to have you, Sergio - and glad you found some value. You're right, it doesn't take an increidible amount of work. It just takes attention to detail and a solid approach. THEN YOU GOT 'EM!
Go forth, conquer.
@alphaV Really glad you enjoyed it. Super important to show why you're valuable among steep competition.
Look forward to more great posts this week.
@BradleyM Fantastic, Bradley. Glad to have helped. Feel free to email me with any questions regarding the tutoring business. I still run one - lots of experience ;)
@DanialIkhwan Glad you liked it, Danial! Yep - totally right. A little testing can go a wonderfully long way.
@mrvcivelek I'm so glad you got some good value out of it. Yes, please try this out. Just copy it exactly. Then shoot me an email and let me know how it works. Better yet - post your results here on the blog ;)
@Tyson2123 Haha, glad you enjoyed it my friend. Try out some of this stuff and make some mothaf**** money ;)
@Zax_KTM Big thanks for the feedback - and yep, I treat this as a social experiment. When you specifically treat things as an experiment to test, the entire idea of value goes away, because everything can be changed after you get feedback. It's all about observing results and changing your approach based on what's happening.
@JessK Hey Jess! Glad you got some quality out of it. I hope lots of people steal my ideas ;)
What's the link to your blog? I'll check ut out!
Thanks for chiming in,
@Nanselme Thanks, Nanselme!
I'm glad you found it helpful. This is the exact thing I wanted when I first started...but I couldn't find it anywhere...so I just made it myself ;)
Have a great day!
@Rich20Something That would be awesome :) it's www.retailevolution.net