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But every now and then, you just want to try something different. We've got your back for the next time you get adventurous with these 10 unconventional ways to get new clients.

1. Social media: Smart searching

This is a beginner-level technique that can still yield strong results. Using Twitter and tools like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck, you can set up searches for specific keywords such as "web designer" or "WordPress developer." Check in on it a few times a day and see what questions people have about your field of expertise or what discussions are going on about working with freelancers in your field. Chime in where you can, always with the goal of being helpful, not salesy.

Virtual assistant Amy Metherell says this is how she got her first three clients, and she's still working with them to this day. "Each day, I'd go through this stream and find anyone who tweeted looking for recommendations for VAs. I'd then respond to them in a conversational way and say something like, 'Hi, I'm a VA. Maybe I can help or know someone who can.'"

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