How to get direct clients on LinkedIn?
Thread poster: Milos Prudek

Milos Prudek  Identity Verified
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May 18, 2010

I put my profile on Linkedin, got almost 50 connections and one recommendation... I joined 5 groups... and I have no idea what to do next.

What should I do to get direct (non-agency) clients? How do I offer my services to people without being accused of spamming or looking pushy?


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Edward Vreeburg  Identity Verified
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continue with friends, family and local businesses May 18, 2010

See who actually needs translation !!!
Who are your clients now, and what are THEIR competitors
Who would YOU LIKE to work for
In WHAT AREAS lie YOUR competences
See if they are within your network and contact them specifically..

Check the websites of your contacts, is their website in multiple languages (and how good is it??)

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Out of 100 ex-colleagues, 1 got 1 possible lead for a future, possible project...

On another group an initiative was launched to Link everybody to exchange possible future jobs, I got 100 more connections - but still no jobs...

.... it takes time....

Ed


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Milos Prudek  Identity Verified
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How to talk to them May 18, 2010

Edward Vreeburg wrote:
In WHAT AREAS lie YOUR competences
See if they are within your network and contact them specifically..


Okay, I am highly specialized: IT and medical translation, English-Czech. Assume I found someone from a company I would like to work for. Should I tell this prospect that I offer translation service when I ask for introduction through a common contact? Or should I say something more neutral, so that I am not pushy?


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