If you are offering audio related services or thinking of starting doing something like this, you know that you need clients.
If you don’t offer any services but you have some skills and some good gear, you might want to consider starting to offer services.
Put those studio monitors to work with a mixing service or use that nice mic to work with some voice overs. There are lots of things you can offer so think about it.
In this article, we’re going to look at a few options in terms of taking clients online and a few places where you could find these clients.
With some of these websites, I will also take a look at how many estimated visitors they have and for that, I’m going to use the data provided by SimilarWeb. I want to mention that now so I don’t repeat this with every website.
This is a general purpose freelancing platform with jobs and projects spanning across multiple industries. Among them, there are a lot of audio jobs like mixing, production, voice recording, podcast editing and many others.
The site has around 38 million visitors each month so there are lots of people both working and needing services there with is both a blessing and a curse.
The problem with websites like these, in general, are the pretty big competition and generally low prices for the services. As a lot of people fight for the same projects they tend to lower prices in hope to win said projects.
That being said, I still suggest giving it a try. I would also advise looking for tips and guides on how to write proposals and to give you some tips of my own, keep them short and make sure to address what is mentioned in the project details.
More or less in a similar vein are also, PeoplePerHour.com and Freelancer.com and you can probably also find a lot more of these types of websites.
There is really no point in making different entries for these two as they are pretty much the same as Upwork.
You might have heard of Fiverr for its ‘do anything with $5’ spiel.
Well, if you didn’t know, things have evolved a bit and you can do a lot more, including charging a lot more and creating tiers of services for different prices.
Other than being able to create different tiers of services you can also create up-sells, a common one, for example, to speed up delivery for an extra $10.
Prices are still on the lower end of things but you have more room to play with.
The website has around 33 million visitors per month and they do have a full section specifically for music and audio. Looking at the profiles showing up you can see for yourself the crazy amount of reviews some of the service providers there have.
However, in the beginning, when you don’t have ratings and reviews the site will not help you much. You’ll have to try and bring your own customers to get some initial reviews and after that, as you grow, you can expect Fiverr to actually send eyeballs over your services.
The strength of Fiverr relies on its ability to bring people to you instead of you going to other people but you’ll still have to do that for a while so it’s not really a platform to help you quickly get your next client.
This is somewhat similar to other freelancing websites but it focuses on voice-overs.
It’s not going to be for everybody but if you are into selling your voice as a service this could be a great place to find clients.
The website has around 1 million visitors per month so you can imagine there are plenty of projects to try and get.
Before you jump in, make sure you have a proper setup for this type of work, a good microphone, good sound treatment and so on.
If you don’t have or you can’t sound treat your whole room, consider getting a portable sound booth.
These contraptions wrap around your microphone and they a bit cheaper than a full room treatment and you don’t have to stick anything to your walls.
Alternatively, if you are on a thigh budget experimenting with your closet, as clothes can isolate pretty well, curtains, pillows, basically anything that has a soft surface and a lot of air inside. A bit of a ghetto solution but hey, if it works, it works.
A similar website you could also check out is Voicebunny.com, you’ll have to pass their screening but after that, they match you with available projects.
This is again a freelancing website where people needing services post their project and providers submit their proposals.
The focus of the website is anything related to music, production, writing, mixing, mastering, the whole process.
The website has around 400k visitors per month so you can expect a decent amount of project being posted there.
Like with any freelancing website make sure you’re proposals stand out by being professional, keeping the proposal relatively short and making sure to address the project.
Also, make sure you have both the skills and the gear to support the services you are providing. If something is missing, start with what you can offer at good quality and maybe expand in the future.
You don’t have to offer all the services at once, start small, grow big.
If you are in a band or a DJ and looking for gigs this is a platform you might want to be on. Not only it’s a full social media platform on its own but it also has a gig finder tool.
The site has over 9 million visitors each month so you can tell it’s a big player, if not the biggest in the space. If you are not there already, I don’t know what you’re doing.
If you are also looking for alternatives, Sonicbids.com and gigmasters.com are decent options but they are more expensive to join, so keep that in mind.
Of, course, it’s not a dedicated platform but you can use it to advertise your services, or your studio if you sell studio time.
Also, every now and then you’ll find people requesting services or looking for audio engineers, vocalists and so on,
It doesn’t take much time so why not post your services there and check every once in a while to see in someone is requesting a service you can provide.
These websites should cover most of the services you can provide as a musician and/or home studio owner. Figure out what you are going to offer and join the websites that are best suited for those types of services.
I would also recommend you create your own website, social media accounts, and all the usual stuff and use these to further promote your service.
I wouldn’t suggest you rely fully on any of these platforms as they are out of your control and there is always a risk associated with that.
The point is to try and diversify your sources of clients. It doesn’t’ mean its something to figure out day one but rather to keep in mind for the future.
I hope you found this useful and good luck with your adventures.