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How does everyone keep in touch with old clients? When my schedule opens up, I feel weird emailing ppl out of the blue just because I need a favor : P
clients only come to me when they need work done, if im "not available" i make myself available and double time it.
Favor = money/work?
Old clients = clients that don't give you work anymore?
seasonal greeting. Easter, thanks giving, Chinese New Year, Jewish new year, Persian new year whichever they're from.
invite them to parties and social event.
send them something, wine, a month later after the project thanking(ass kissing) them for working with you.
In my twisted world there's a few month's turnaround from contacting ppl to maybe getting work. I think it's best to avoid contacting them just asking for a job, use another reason - news, client/work updates, to collect a testimonial, etc etc.
^ Yes! don't just straight up ask for a job. give them a "gentle" reminder that you are still there.
Clients are the ones that ask you for work, unless you're looking for a in-house job.
i hope you say hey guys... "i need a favor" ;)
I look at it like this. They use you because you're an expert at what you do. So why not put some of that expertise into a newsletter, email, blog or whatever format and once a month, just send them out something creative.
That way you are on their radar and helping them out at the same time so you don't look like you're desperate for work.
I have had clients call me and ask if I can do some work and I haven't spoken to them for over four years, but they've been getting regular emails from me for that period of time.
Also, like pango says, send the occasional seasonal card if you can. If you want to really please them though, make a note of their birthdays and send personal cards.
Once you get into the rythm of doing this, you'll notice more people coming back to you (hopefully).
Just ask them how the last job you did for them is working out. It shows that you're interested in how your work might have helped their business and might nudge them into wanting more.