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[Freelancing] 5 Killers tips to Make One-time Client a Returning Client

[Freelancing] 5 Killers tips to Make One-time Client a Returning Client

I have offered WordPress services from long time and the best part which I like about my services to my one time client always turned out to be returning client. When it comes to client and Freelancer relation, nothing could be better than getting a returning clients. From my experience I have learned few things which I will be sharing with you, which will help you to convert your one time client into returning client:

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Tips to convert one time Inquiry into Client:

First Email:

It’s truly said “First impression is the last impression” and it holds the same into Freelancing world. First Email in response to any enquiry of your client is most important part and if you do it right, you can quickly convert those enquiries into clients. For example when ever I get any enquiry for my Blogspot to WordPress migration service, I explain them everything like what they are going to get into the package and how we can start with the process. This gives a clear idea to client about the process, things which they are getting in that package and more important it builds trust. So make sure when any client enquire about your services, your first Email should be strong enough to hold the client.

Instant communication method:

Who doesn’t like to get their question answered in seconds. Imagine you and your client are in different time-zone and your client have an enquiry. He/She needs to wait for at least

12 hours to get a reply for her email and some time time-difference costs you losing a client. Make sure you give client some alternative method to contact you like IM, Twitter or if you have a business phone line, it would be great. I personally add my clients into Skype, since it’s popular and globally used. And for my clients on the other side of the world, I extend my sleeping time, and fix a meeting at the time which will be convenient for both of us.

Project requirement and Price:

When you do some big and on going projects like WordPress theme, WordPress plugin or anything which is complex. You should do the complete requirement analysis. Make sure you have all the inputs from the client, which will help you to start and complete the project. Once RA is done, you should be clear about the pricing of the project and most important how you going to charge for future maintenance, Bug fixing or enhancement. This is real life saver and money matter will not annoy you or your client in future. If you will make all this thing clear at early stage, you will have an ongoing client.

Support:

When you deal with any kind of client and develop or designed something for him, support become a necessary part of it. Support may include questions, consultancy, some minor bug fixing.  Most of the time freelancer fails here. Once they paid for work, they try to give low priority to support Emails. For those who falls in the same category of freelancers which I mentioned here, you should change your habit right-away.  A better support means returning client along with nice testimonial, where as an annoyed client means, bad feedback and no referring client.

Other Services details:

Here is another one which is very important and I learned from my mistake. Few days back I migrated client blog from Blogspot to WordPress and after completion of the project. We were talking on Skype and I realized she is looking for some one who can design a WordPress theme for me. This is one of the premium service which I offer and I find it surprising she was not aware of it. I realize I never told her about my other services and lesson learned date day. From that day upon completion of any project, I started sending a pre-defined template in the format:

Hey Name,

It was pleasure working with you and glad that I have your name in my client list. I hope you enjoyed my services and if you would like to give me feedback of testimonial, I would love to receive that.

Also, I would like you to know I offer various services around WordPress like

  • WordPress Theme
  • WordPress plugin
  • WordPress SEO
  • WordPress Maintainance
  • WordPress Upgrade

If you ever need any of these services, or want to know more about them, feel free to get in touch.

Before I end this Email, I would love to connect you on Twitter @denharsh.

Thanks and Regards

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Isn’t it simple and effective?. After this strategy, you can easily increase your conversion ratio and more over you can get returning client. One of the major benefit of having  regular client is they trust you and you will be the first person they will be suggesting their friends.

Do share your freelancing secret which make your client a returning client?

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  • Mani Viswanathan

    Harsh, gr8 job dude, sharing your work ideas is a thing which people rarely do & you r the one who does. Will follow the last point of following up with the client, since I already follow the other points.!

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  • Simrandeep Singh

    I haven’t started any services yet on my blog. I have to learn more about these things. These type of posts are really helpful for me. Thanks for sharing this Harsh :)

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  • himanshu

    i think the after service support really tests a service provider efficiency and honesty. if you have a great support service the customer is bound to come to you next time and he’ll also recommend you for others.

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  • Sathish @ TechieMania

    You are right harsh. Actually you are very polite while contacting me. Thats the reason I came back to you for Thesis Customization.

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  • Himanshu

    plz give me ur mobile ur number harsh

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  • University Eight

    From personal experience I can say that giving a technical view of the problem/objective and the solution to it wins over a client in 99% cases, since most so-called freelancers don’t have any technical knowledge at all.
    Timely delivery and reports are very important in case your project is a multi-phase one.
    Replying to emails and IMs ASAP is critical for keeping your client assured.
    After completion of the project, asking the client if he/she is facing any trouble, is satisfied with the work and asking for suggestions makes your client happier than ever, and more often than not you are bound to get a returning client as well as free referrals.

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      There are more when we take the Freelancer Technical How to knowledge in consider:
      Most imp is problem solving approach and client communication. Even if you are great with your technical skills but not with client communication, client will run away.
      One have to make sure to keep the professional approach while dealing with client.

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  • geek

    Do you also offer services for migrating a blog from wordpress to blogspot?? I have domain and want to keep it, but I don’t like the current hosting. So I want to make use of this domain by adding some occasional posts. I think parking a domain is not a good idea. Waiting to hear from your side.

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      Geek I have never tried Wordpress to BlogSpot migration and one reason why I never did it is because of SEO point…
      Though if you just want to use it for occasional post, You can use posterous with that domain or host it on any free hosting.

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      • geek

        “Make use of” in the sense to earn some money. I think only blogspot allows you to place adsense ads. Do you know any other free service which allows to run own ads??

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  • Nabeel | Create Your First Website

    Great tips Harsh.

    I think it is important to keep the client really satisfied, so that they come back again. Offer our service and do excellent work. They are sure to come back.

    Kindest,
    Nabeel

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      Thanks for your comment Nabeel. :)

      Reply

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