This question came from a freelancer from my cup of coffee call out on my email list.
See every month I throw it out there to set up a 15-minute Cup of Coffee call with me. It’s really just an opportunity to have a get to know you type of chat.
Some folks ask questions, we talk tools, even working relationships for gigs happen.
So when this question came up during a recent conversation I thought it was pretty interesting.
My suggestion was for her to take a look at their website, check out their forums for both opportunities where their customers were struggling with the plugin, but mainly for websites where her services as a translator would help.
Another thing I suggested to her was to reach out to the makers of the plugin and see if you can get onto the radar of their support team as a translator.
Look around online using a tool like builtwith.com and search for sites using WPML, and build up an outreach list of sites that have poor translations.
She emailed back to me last week and told me that she’s landed 8 gigs and 3 of them are recurring. She’s now looking to move up a bit and become an exclusive freelance translator for 5 clients on a monthly basis. You go get ‘em Mia.
If you are looking to start out or break through a particular industry, look within that space and see what the top vendors are and make friends.
Even if the opportunity to make friends isn’t there, no doubt you can find other businesses using those top vendors that could be struggling with something that you can help with.
Being a freelancer is about solving problems. Go ahead and seek out the problems that you can solve, show how you solve them and you’ll be successful at business and ultimately a freelancer.
Specialize and Find your niche
More episodes in this topic:
What's the best way to pivot if you are serving a new niche?
How did you specialize your business?
Why should I niche or specialize?
How do I choose the niche?
How to say “no”?
How do I find out if the niche has value?
How to do research and land that first client?
How to you manage your existing clients when you start specializing?
Should I niche down to a specific industry in my local area?
Is my niche too narrow?
Aren’t I leaving money on the table?
What sort of freelance work is available for an individual web developer?
How to start out as a freelance translator?
What do I need to do to ramp up my freelance business after having been in the game for a few years?
How do I go from one-off projects to retainers for all future projects? And is it a good idea?
Can I do web, software development and digital marketing as a freelancer at the same time?
When niching down, should I target the type of work or the type of customer?
How to get over the fear of niching down?
How to stay being a generalist but test the waters to specialize your business?
What is a Niche?
How do you go about breaking into a niche (Part 1)?
How do you go about breaking into a niche (Part 2)?
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Best of Season 3 - Building Relationships
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