Facebook can be a very cluttered place filled with vacation photos and your crazy Uncle's political rants but did you know it can also be one of the best places to find freelance development clients?
Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit can actually be a great source for project leads because you can directly reach out to your prospective clients. Freelance marketplaces like Freelancer or Upwork act as middlemen to take a cut from your profits as well as create a 'race to the bottom' on hourly rates. You can avoid all of that by going to where your clients hang out online and pitching them directly.
In this post I'm going to show you the best Facebook groups where you can land your next freelance development job.
1. Remote Tech Jobs
This is a very targeted group with only around 3,000 members. This is one of the best facebook groups to participate in for freelance leads because the vast majority of posts are actionable project leads. The group may only have a couple posts per day but they are much more focused on quality than quantity. This is probably the best group to join to add a small amount of prospecting to your normal Facebook scrolling.
2. Remote Work & Jobs for Digital Nomads
Remote Work & Jobs for Digital Nomads is the largest group on this list at almost 60,000 users. The group features a wide mix of posts with everything from various remote work postings to articles about travel. The competition on the group can be stiff for web development projects but you never know when a project will be posted that matches your skillset perfectly so it's always better to keep your ear to the ground.
3. Digital Nomad Jobs: Remote Job Opportunities
This digital nomad group is sponsored by letsworkremotely and currently has around 32,000 members. This group has a good community vibe to it with many people asking for advice and tips as well as remote job posts. Many digital nomads run online businesses so it can be a great place to talk to founders and business owners who need websites and apps built. Interacting with the community and answering tech questions can be a great way to network and find new opportunities.
4. Guavabean Freelancer Group
Guavabean Freelancer Group features a tight-knight 4,500 users. This group has a very active moderator who posts remote freelance jobs multiple times a day. While not specific to development jobs this group can be a high quality place to find new projects as well as interact with a wonderful community of fellow freelancers. Keep in mind that offering your expertise and networking with fellow freelancers can be a great way to get referral business.
5. Freelance Web Design & Development
This group is on the larger side at 36,000 members and consists of job leads as well as resources for freelancers and web devs. Unfortunately this groups gets way more freelancers spamming their offerings than clients posting interesting jobs. This can lead to a lot of frustration when scrolling through the group but I can confirm that there ARE good clients to be found in the noise as long as you're paying attention. Its amazing how a well crafted pitch via Facebook messenger can land you ongoing business for years to come.
In summary, joining some of these groups is a great way to find new clients and interact with other freelancers
Unfortunately, keeping up with these groups and their posts every day can be a lot of work for a busy freelancer. If you want to make sure you never miss a juicy development project being posted on Facebook(or anywhere else) you should check out our lead gen service built specifically for freelance developers. We spend hours sifting through all of these posts and deliver only the best development projects that fit our strict criteria: $5k+ budget, open to remote freelancers, and contains a personal email address for contact.