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    SitePoint Member tammyhart's Avatar
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    How can I find other professionals to refer clients to when I have too much work?

    Hey guys, I'm lacking an important thing in my business, and that is people that I can refer clients to. A lot of times I get overbooked, or just have a tight schedule, and I have to turn customers away. Sometimes they will wait, but most of the time they respond back with, "I understand, can you refer me to someone else?" I'm not a very social person, so most of the people out there that I know, are the ones that have hired me.

    How can I find people who do quality work in the following areas that I can refer clients to?

    • WordPress Plugin Developers
    • WordPress Theme Experts
    • Web and Graphic Designers
    • XHTML/CSS Coders
    • Logo Designers


    Sorry for seeming silly, but hopefully something good will come from it.
    Last edited by tammyhart; Mar 19, 2008 at 13:08.

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    In memoriam gold trophysilver trophybronze trophy Dan Schulz's Avatar
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    The short answer - network network network. Get to know other designers and developers that you can establish a professional working relationship with and feel you can trust.

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    Yeah, your gonna need to know some one personally before you refer client to them.

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    ^
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    Starting with Dan the Man. xhtml/css
    There are three kinds of men:
    The ones that learn by reading.
    The few who learn by observation.
    The rest of us have to pee on the electric fence.

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    Maybe you should consider building a team rather than refusing work and giving it to someone else, and that way you can work together and grow together.

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    @dan, jd, mobyme

    This a good place to get to know folks? Hello, My name is Tammy, I'm a front-end developer.

    I'm on Linked-In, but I've never really used it much. I have a few people I'm linked to, but I'm not really sure how it will help me reach out and touch other designers/coders. I guess I'm just going to have to make time each day to come and browse forums and blogs and start talking. I used to.. I mean, I didn't just become a successful freelancer for no reason. Work just keeps me busy. *sigh* It's always a catch-22.


    @dvduval

    I wouldn't even know where to start, but this isn't a bad thing to consider. Thanks.

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    linked in is great, try facebook and find user groups on yahoo,facebook,google etc that match what your doing. This will help you, and I myself and facing your same problem. I have taken these steps, and so far everything is panning out.

    Goodluck

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    Seems everyone is suggesting anything but sitepoint.com ???

    Weird.

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    In memoriam gold trophysilver trophybronze trophy Dan Schulz's Avatar
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    RJ, SitePont's a given.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Schulz View Post
    RJ, SitePont's a given.

    ...rodger that

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    I need an "Online Social Networking for Dummies" book I guess.

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    A good idea is to sub out or refer local talent. Try to work out relationships that can benefit everyone without simply handing over a client. For example I no longer work with Flash sites and found someone who is specialized, but they do no work with data driven sites so we have a symbiotic relationship and benefit from each other.

    It is not easy to refer someone since you may be passing over a potential long term client, if possible farm it out and maintain the client (and some money).
    "You can just hang outside in the sun all day tossing a ball around...
    Or you can sit at your computer and do something that matters."
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    Quote Originally Posted by tammyhart View Post
    I need an "Online Social Networking for Dummies" book I guess.
    I bet if you google that, you will get something.

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    subbing out is good, still requires me to know someone. But you are right, benefit everyone, not a bad idea.

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    Outsource design work onto 99designs.com and keep the profits for yourself.
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