When you just start out freelancing, one of the things you’re gonna be focused on is in finding clients. You’re also going to be focused on getting the work done. Pretty soon, you’ll be finding it increasingly difficult to pitch for work and keep on top of the already steady stream you already have.

So why would you need to invest in finding more clients?

In this fun post, I’ll show you why!

1. You haven’t seen the light of day in forever…

Who said freelancing would be easy?!

2. Your current client pool is driving you cray-cray!

When clients go bad...

3. Clients? What do they look like...


4. Your email inbox looks like a barren wasteland...

You've got mail... not

You've got (no) mail

5. You accidentally gave your clients your mobile (cell) number!

When you're phone won't stop ringing...

6. You haven’t been paid for your last 3 jobs

When client's don't pay...

7. Did you say you hadn’t seen the light of day in forever?!

Working to the bone...

8. It's been a week since you sent your last 'pitch' email out

When was the last time you pitched a client?

9. Your friends no longer remember what you look like

What, you're alive?!

10. You just fired ALL your clients!

Firing all your clients

In all seriousness though, if any of the above resonates with you, then taking a look at your business and the way that you deal with clients is important—if only for your own sanity.

Working with clients doesn't have to be hard, you just have to set boundaries in the beginning and ensure you use contracts that outline EVERYTHING, including when and how you'll be paid.

Freelancing is a great way to test the waters on new skills you're developing and is also a great way to decide whether it's something you want to do long term.

Set yourself up for success from day dot and you'll continue down this path with a skip and a hop and a big smile on your face, because you did everything the right way!

Comments, thoughts, feedback? I'd love to hear from you!


Lise Cartwright
Lise Cartwright

Founder of Hustle & Groove and your creative business strategist. If you want to get notified of new posts just like the ones you see here, then make sure you join the awesome H & G community — Join Now!

    4 replies to "10 Signs You Should Invest In Finding Better Clients"

    • Josh

      Number 7 is a constant for me. Sadly it’s sometimes more than a week for number 8. Sometimes I act like number 3 even though I have work that needs to go out. Thanks Lise, love the post.

    • Lise Cartwright

      Hey Josh, I can totally relate to all of those. Being a freelancer is not an easy path, but it is worth it once you get past all this stuff!

    • Aleksandra

      Hey Lise, I totally dig this memes you’ve found! And as Josh said, sadly, number 7 is inevitable for all of us freelancers.

      • Lise Cartwright

        It’s a given I think, that number 7 just happens! Which is why it’s always good to be aware of it so you can plan for it…

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