“I’ve finished several AWAI programs and am ready to start looking for clients. I’d like to start with some local clients to get some real-life samples and testimonials. I’d be willing to work for free, in exchange for the testimonials. These are my questions: How do I introduce myself to these clients? Should I say I’m a beginner and willing to work for testimonials?”

Jan 13, 2016 | Q&A

I don’t ever recommend this approach. It is soo…. YOU focused. It makes you look like you’re asking them for a favor. It’s sad to say, but no one really cares about you. They care about themselves. Don’t go into things asking to get something, go in there confident that you can give something… give more profits, less stress, more time, more customer engagement, more of the stuff the client needs to reach their goals.I recommend that you take the time to present yourself as a professional and work for hire right off the bat. No reason, ever to work for free. No reason to ever beg for projects. Focus on them and help them hit their goals. They’ll gladly give you money and testimonials.

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