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Get Freelance Work from LinkedIn – It’s Easier Than You Think

Get Freelance Work from LinkedInLinkedIn is one of the best platforms for locating and landing freelance work.

So many of my blogging students hunt for side hustles while they’re building an online business, that I knew this would be an interesting topic.

Richard Rowlands, in How to Find Freelance Writing Clients on LinkedIn (WriteWorldwide), calls LinkedIn a “goldmine” for landing freelance writing gigs…
Get Freelance Work from LinkedIn

But, of course, it’s not just a goldmine for writing gigs.

It’s really a fantastic resource for any freelancer in any niche.

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Now, I use LinkedIn a bit, but I wanted to reach out to someone who is really active on the platform.

Ravi Chahar is not only only an excellent blogger, but somewhat of a LinkedIn star, too.

He has built a great following and network on the platform, so I asked him to share some of his “secrets” of success here.

Get Freelance Work from LinkedIn: It’s Easier than You Think

by Ravi Chahar

Ever since I started using LinkedIn, it seemed too easy but people are worried as if they can scale just like other LinkedIn influencers.

If you look around, more than 70% of the freelancers are striving to have some work on the websites like Feverr, Elance etc.

Have you ever thought to get freelance work from LinkedIn?

It may sound a little bit crazy to the people who haven’t tasted LinkedIn’s user engagement juice.

Yet, over the last couple of years, many professionals have become totally dependent on this platform.

You should know that it’s one of the biggest professional networks right now.

Whether you want to amplify your business or build your personal brand, LinkedIn is the best place to be.

As Donna asked me to share how it is possible to get freelance clients without spending money, I thought I might just share my own experience.

Does that sound promising?

Having 22K+ followers and dealing with the many LinkedIn changes, the platform has made me learn a lot.

Basic Requirements of Freelance Networking on LinkedIn

There are lots of things freelancers can do on LinkedIn to find those lucrative side hustles.

Some of those methods can become quite advanced.

John Espirian has collected many of them in his LinkedIn Advanced Tips article.

You can click on the following image from his article to review these advanced tips…

Get Freelance Work from LinkedIn

 

But if you’re just starting out on this path, I suggest you focus first on these 5 Basic Requirements.

1. Having a Professional Profile is the Must

Most of the people ignore the fact that people don’t check all the little things you might think make your profile appealing.

They want you to be professional in every aspect.

If you’re a selfie lover having different poses and filters, LinkedIn isn’t for you.

So stop acting like a teenage girl dreaming about Barbie dolls and sparkling clothes.

There are many things which reflect how much attention you are going to get.

  • The profile picture
  • The Experience
  • Listed Skills
  • Recommendations you got
  • Endorsements
  • Professional Headline

I have noticed that more than 75% users don’t focus on building an influential profile, they just keep it “a profile”.

But in 10 ways you can use LinkedIn to find freelance clients (Talented Ladies Club) we learn this…

Get Freelance Work from LinkedIn

Do you want followers or fans?

Speak your mind and start building something people can appreciate.

I never open a profile with no picture, a party pic, a group photo, and similar.

It’s not just me, no one does.

Be sure that your face is clearly visible.

More than 80% of the image should cover your face.

Just like having a Passport photo.

Now, don’t forget… once your profile is done, you can’ t just let it sit there.

Laurence Bradford discusses ways to promote it, too, in 11 Ways to Get Freelance Clients to Come to You (Creative Live)…

Get Freelance Work from LinkedIn

 

2. Never Ignore When Someone Endorses You

LinkedIn provides an amazing feature to endorse your connection to the skills they have.

Whenever someone does that for you, always send them a “thank you.”

The platform automatically gives you an option in the notification section.

It’s given for you to use.

And now, you may be wondering how this can help you get freelance work from LinkedIn.

Well, it’s called showing your gratitude which later will help you build strong human relationships with your connections.

And everything is dependent on your engagement techniques.

People appreciate when someone understands the value of being treated well.

Do you even keep that in your mind?

3. Comment on Others’ Status Updates

If you don’t know, then let me tell you that LinkedIn has a strong algorithm which tries its best to show your activity to your connections.

You can either like or comment on any status.

Your connections will come to know.

It’s the best way to showcase what you have expertise in.

Suppose someone is wanting to learn about the current digital marketing trends.

You should share your thoughts.

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Maybe someone will feel it would be valuable to contact you.

The lead generation can happen at any moment.

You just need to engage more and more.

I remembered when one of my clients approached me to transform her website just because I wrote an amazing suggestion on someone’s status.

It happens.

So never be lazy or afraid to share what you have learned so far.

4. LinkedIn Groups are the Ultimate Networking Places To Be

I have talked to many LinkedIn users and most of them don’t use the groups.

They consider them just like Facebook groups (brainstorming).

When you are hunting to get freelance work from LinkedIn or any other platform, you should try every possible way.

Right?

There are many CEOs, entrepreneurs, digital marketing consultants, real estate brokers are there who regularly need the people to complete their projects.

Maybe your one post can help you get a client.

Let them know you’re a freelancer.

Use the actual term “freelancer” like you would any keyword…

Get Freelance Work from LinkedIn

You can read the full article, 10 ways you can use LinkedIn to find freelance clients (Talented Ladies Club).

I remember when I had a chat with the COO of a Europe based company last month.

It happened just because I shared something related to website security.

Many experts recommend that you can target your client by joining the same group he/she runs or frequents.

5. Consistency is the key

I hate it when people say they didn’t get any kind of client after trying for a month or more.

It’s a world where millions of people are chasing the same as you do.

How can you expect the success within a few months?

Nicole Slaughter-Graham talks about some of the ways she builds up her LinkedIn network in Flying Under The Radar: How to Use LinkedIn to Find Writing Jobs (The Write Life)…

Get Freelance Work from LinkedIn

Does this look like something that can be done in a month or two?

It takes time.

You have to keep going.

Giving up is never a thing you should add to your list.

“Success Kisses Those Who value Consistency”

Whether its LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or any other platform, you can’t expect to make your first million dollars as quickly as you dream about it.

It took me years to build my personal brand on LinkedIn.

You will also have to invest the time.

Do you even listen to me?

Clear your mind and start today.

What Are the Things You Think Necessary to Get Freelance Work from LinkedIn?

I am not the only one who uses LinkedIn.

There are millions of people making a fortune out of it.

Why is that so?

They believe in what they do.

While talking to someone, the ways you elaborate your knowledge, your skills and your expertise matter a lot.

People aren’t going to fall for your pretty face or the likes you get on Instagram.

I have seen people mixing up other platforms with LinkedIn.

And this is the biggest mistake anyone can make.

LinkedIn is a totally different platform with a professional perspective.

If you want to get freelance work from LinkedIn, you have to show your professionalism.

Now, I encourage you to share your thoughts.

I would like to hear from you in the following “comments section.”

And, I appreciate you sharing this post on your social sites.

-Ravi Chahar
“Get Freelance Work from LinkedIn- It’s Easier Than You Think”


About The Author

Ravi Chahar is a WordPress professional and LinkedIn Influencer.

He is a coder by passion and a blogger by choice.

WordPress theme development is his forte.

He is your WordPress guy to teach you how to solve WordPress errors, WordPress security issues, design issues and what not.

Connect with Ravi on his blog… BloggingLove


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38 Responses to Get Freelance Work from LinkedIn – It’s Easier Than You Think

  1. Ravi Chahar
    Twitter:
    January 31, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    LinkedIn has always been my favorite social media platform and in all these years, I have met many people. Helping them turns them into my clients and that’s what I recommend everyone.

    But before that, the necessary things are required. People like to connect with someone who understands the professionalism of this platform and having a better profile is always a plus point.

    Thanks for giving me an opportunity to share my experience.

    Have a great day.

    ~Ravi

  2. Marquita Herald
    Twitter:
    January 31, 2018 at 6:17 pm #

    Thanks Donna, I really enjoyed your article, Ravi. Over the past few months, I’ve gradually shifted more time to LinkedIn and I really like it, especially the groups. I’ve enjoyed great support for my books and been gifted with many opportunities for interviews as a result of my participation there. Since writing is my focus, I plan to publish more content there this year and see where it takes me. Thanks for the tips and inspiration!
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    • Ravi Chahar
      Twitter:
      February 1, 2018 at 6:49 am #

      Hey Marquita,

      It’s good to know that at least you have enjoyed the LinkedIn’s company. I really adore how people are always ready to help each other in the LinkedIn groups.
      Of course, you should start using the LinkedIn Pulse platform.

      Thanks for stopping by.
      Enjoy the day.
      ~Ravi

  3. Christina
    Twitter:
    February 1, 2018 at 1:37 am #

    You are absolutely right,

    But nowadays people are running for the other platforms that are hard to join due to some terms & condition and some are paid as well. But linkdin is the great place to sell your services and skills around the globe. Indeed, this writing is amazing for freelancers.

    • Ravi Chahar
      Twitter:
      February 1, 2018 at 6:51 am #

      Hey Christina,

      LinkedIn is free and easy to use. It’s a lot more like Facebook. You don’t need to struggle to find the options and the features. But the best thing is the user engagement.
      Thanks for sharing your views.
      Enjoy the weekend.
      ~Ravi

  4. Ryan Biddulph
    Twitter:
    February 1, 2018 at 2:07 am #

    When I did comment on other folk’s updates Ravi I noted some serious traction gain on the platform. LI is a network of professionals. Spamming seems to be less tolerated over there which works for me. Now I need to commit. Busy as Hades with guest posting, blog commenting and promoting my eBooks but even 5-10 minutes of reading related updates and posting genuine comments goes a long way over there.

    Consistency wins as you said. Keeping at it on LI or any network, providing value, makes you stand out. Bloggers who stand out eventually grow thriving freelance gigs.

    Fab tips buddy.

    Ryan
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    • Ravi Chahar
      Twitter:
      February 1, 2018 at 6:53 am #

      Hey Ryan,

      You spend tons of money on Facebook ads and other promotional strategy but if you have a decent LinkedIn reputation, you can have enough exposure to your product.

      I have gotten lots of clients through this amazing platform. Consistency is always the key.
      Thanks.

      ~Ravi

  5. Vishwajeet Kumar
    Twitter:
    February 1, 2018 at 3:55 am #

    Hello Donna,

    LinkedIn is a professional networking site and you can connect with some professionals there. I was joined LinkedIn a few years back and it is a great place to build your authority and expand your networking. I personally receive a good amount of visitors from LinkedIn. Since it is a professional networking site and it is also a good place to find some freelance project as well. I had received some freelance projects on LinkedIn.

    Thanks for sharing these great tips and insights here.

    Have a Great Day 🙂
    Vishwajeet
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  6. Lisa P Sicard
    Twitter:
    February 1, 2018 at 6:14 am #

    Hi Ravi and Donna, I’ve always liked LinkedIn a lot over the years. But I need to be more consistent and get involved with groups. I’ve been away from the groups for years now. I used to be more active in those. I like that there is less spam on that network as it is more professional than the other social networks out there.

    I am amazed how many people do NOT update their profiles. I often see how many years at a job anniversary and that person is no longer at that company or hasn’t been for years!!

    Thanks Ravi for these tips – you have been doing an unbelievable job over on that network!

    • Ravi Chahar
      Twitter:
      February 1, 2018 at 6:55 am #

      Hey Lisa,

      LinkedIn is more precise than any other platform. You can easily track the user engagement and the number of connections you have from the different fields.

      People don’t really focus on their profiles and complain about not getting any exposure.
      You should also spend more time just like you do on Twitter.

      Thanks for stopping by.
      ~Ravi

  7. John Espirian February 1, 2018 at 7:44 am #

    Thanks for linking to my article on LinkedIn tips. I hope your readers find it helpful 👍🏻

  8. Elise Ho
    Twitter:
    February 1, 2018 at 7:45 pm #

    I am 100% of guilty of not using Linkedin to its maximum potential. I will certainly need to bookmark so that I can come back to this page as there are great tips. However, I know I will not be able to give them the concentration they deserve until a few weeks down the road.
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      February 3, 2018 at 10:33 am #

      Hi Elise,

      I’m with you there. I know how important LinkedIn is because I worked on that platform and received so many good clients. But lately I have been away for a while. I sure miss it. And I’ll be back soon as I finished my product.

      -Donna
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  9. Monna Ellithorpe
    Twitter:
    February 1, 2018 at 11:44 pm #

    Hi Donna and Ravi,

    I guess I haven’t given LI the credit it deserves.

    Thank you so much for the information to begin revising my LI profile.

    I’ll be working on that tomorrow.
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      February 3, 2018 at 10:34 am #

      Hi Monna,

      It is so important to update your profile. A few months back I had to re-do mine also. Funny how we grow online and sometimes take for granted all that we do….it needs to be in our profiles lol.

      -Donna
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    • Ravi Chahar
      Twitter:
      February 4, 2018 at 2:45 am #

      Hey Monna,

      You’re not the only one, most of the people avoid using LinkedIn because they’re busy with Pinterest and many other social media networks. But still, if you can give it a try, you can get enough.

      Thanks for stopping by.
      ~Ravi

  10. Susan Velez
    Twitter:
    February 2, 2018 at 7:45 am #

    Hi Ravi and Donna,

    Great article Ravi, I wish I would’ve given LinkedIn more of a chance when I was freelancing. To tell you the truth, I didn’t know how to use LinkedIn and I never gave it a chance.

    Like you said, it takes awhile to learn a platform. You can’t just create an account and expect to master it in a month or two. Congrats on the success that you’ve had with it.

    Your success goes to show that consistency is the key to anything online. The thing with most people is that when they don’t see the results as quickly as they had anticipated, they move on to something else that’s easier.

    I think we have all been guilty of that, at least I know I have.

    Thanks for sharing this with us, have a great day 🙂

    Susan
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    • Ravi Chahar
      Twitter:
      February 4, 2018 at 2:47 am #

      Hey Susan,

      Everything requires some time, I have been using LinkedIn for many years. I never thought I would come so far but I did. You can’t just post anything on this platform.

      People confuse it with Facebook and share the unprofessional stuff which never generates any kind of engagement. Consistency is needed to get the results.

      Thanks for sharing your view.
      ~Ravi

  11. Manidipa Bhaumik
    Twitter:
    February 4, 2018 at 1:40 am #

    Hey Donna and Ravi,

    A helpful read indeed.

    Consistency is the key to get success in any field and LinkedIn is not an exception either. Lately I have started exploring the platform actively however, I must admit that I didn’t get engaged with any group yet.

    Your LinkedIn success is truly commendable. Thank you for sharing these actionable tips for getting more freelance gigs.

    Take care and have a great day 🙂
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    • Ravi Chahar
      Twitter:
      February 4, 2018 at 2:50 am #

      Hi Manidipa,

      I remember when I started using LinkedIn. I used to get only 50 views but now it reaches to 100K+. It’s not as easy as people think. There is no magic trick to build a personal brand.

      Whether you seek for some freelance work or promoting a company, you need to devote your time.

      Thanks for your valuable input.
      Enjoy the day.

      ~Ravi

  12. Kathryn Maclean
    Twitter:
    February 4, 2018 at 8:47 am #

    Hi Ravi and Donna,
    I am on LinkedIn.
    I took a small course on setting up your profile. I belong to a few groups and have some articles listed.
    Other than that I was not using it very much. I will read the links to the other articles in this post to learn a little more about LinkedIn.
    Thanks to those that posted my articles there for me. I appreciated it!
    Informative article.
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    • Ravi Chahar
      Twitter:
      February 8, 2018 at 3:21 am #

      Hey Kathryn,

      Most of the people are taking LinkedIn as a secondary platform and don’t focus. That’s the biggest mistake people make. There are many LinkedIn experts on the web who can help you create an appealing profile.
      Thanks for sharing your experience.

      ~Ravi

  13. Janice Wald
    Twitter:
    February 4, 2018 at 11:57 am #

    Hi Ravi and Donna,
    Great to see you here Ravi!
    I’ve never thought to see LinkedIn as a way to get a freelance writing gig. However, I have been using LinkedIn groups more often lately and have been generating traffic from there. Thanks for the ideas.
    Janice

    • Ravi Chahar
      Twitter:
      February 8, 2018 at 3:23 am #

      Hey Janice,

      I get most of my clients from LinkedIn. It’s all about building relationships and providing the best you can. I have been publishing the articles on LinkedIn Pulse for a long time now.
      Generating the traffic is also a great way.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      ~Ravi

  14. Emenike Emmanuel
    Twitter:
    February 5, 2018 at 7:13 pm #

    Hi Ravi,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughtful contribution in this LinkedIn domination. I think it’s high time I paid close attention to this LinkedIn. I hardly remember to visit and update my profile in there.

    This is a quick reminder for me.

    Thanks Donna for having Ravi here.

    Cheers.

    Emenike
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    • Ravi Chahar
      Twitter:
      February 8, 2018 at 3:25 am #

      Hey Emenike,

      I remember when I started using this platform. No one was worried about personal branding and all the business ideas. But now, everyone is looking LinkedIn as a source of business.

      You should try it sometime.
      ~Ravi

  15. Gaurav Kumar
    Twitter:
    February 6, 2018 at 9:35 am #

    Hi Ravi,

    Using LinkedIn to get freelance work is a good idea. All you need is to focus on maintain clean profile and be professionally social with others in the similar industry.

    It is so good to see your tips here.

    Thanks!
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  16. Naveen Sharma
    Twitter:
    February 8, 2018 at 12:44 am #

    Hi Ravi Chahar and Donna Merrill,

    A very good article focusing on linkedin.

    Linkedin is not similar to other platforms and not many have discovered the right way to use linkedin and benefit from it.

    I have learnt a good deal in this article and will definitely use the tips.

    Thanks
    -Naveen

  17. Moss Clement
    Twitter:
    February 9, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

    Hi Ravi & Donna,

    It is a fact that many LinkedIn users do not pay much attention to profile optimization. They neglect the importance of optimizing their profile, and that is costing them money.

    Optimizing your profile is the first thing to do to out yourself on track to getting freelance work on the platform. The summary section is also a necessity. As mentioned in this article, fill in the required fields correctly and let other users know what you do.

    Choose to be consistent and active by offering value. Look at Neil Patel for example, he always posts short valuable posts that generates more likes and comments. Ravi, I know you’re also implementing this strategy to reach more people with valuable information.

    When other see your expertise, you’re in line to getting freelance work.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      February 15, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

      Hi Moss,

      Indeed, fill in those required fields and let people know what you do. I might add to refresh it every so often. I had a problem with that in the past because I took for granted things I was doing. Then I re-vamped it and received more attention.

      -Donna
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  18. Shailesh February 13, 2018 at 1:02 am #

    Genuine & true experience!
    I feel the same way, getting your first work is critical & you have to pay attention to a lot of things parallely.

    Though I would like to request Ravi to share some insights on how to search for freelance gigs.

    Thanks,
    Shailesh

  19. Cori Ramos
    Twitter:
    February 20, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

    Hi Ravi,

    It’s great to see you here on Donna’s blog! I can’t believe I missed this post. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing these tips with us. I’ve gotten two clients through LinkedIn so I can testify that you can find freelance work on the platform. I like the tips you shared here.

    I’m going to have to look for Networks to join there. If you have any you recommend, I’d love to hear about them. 🙂

    Passing this one along for sure!

    I hope you both are having a great day!

    Cori
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