Leads for Freelancers, Made Easy

I'll be honest. I tried every marketing gimmick to find clients that came across my Twitter feed for years. Guess what? None of it worked better than just sitting down and contacting potential clients who needed my help. The problem is... who has time for that? I was already busy enough doing work for clients... I wasn't about to start spending my little remaining free time finding them too. That's why I started this site.

"Don't sit down. We're going to have to let you go..."

Not to be overly dramatic, but back in 2013, I realized that if I continued working my full-time day job, I would never have real control of my life.

I started freelancing on the side but soon was let go from my full-time job. Which turned out to be one of the best things that has happened to me. 

That year I made twice the amount I would have made at my full-time job. And spent twice as much time with my family than ever before. (Talk about altering the course of you and your family's destiny.)

Soon though, I fell into the same traps most freelancers / consultants deal with. 

Feast or famine. Insecurity. Dry spells.

These were the same feelings that made me START my freelancing business – wanting more control of my future – yet now I felt even less control. My business, it seemed, was built on quicksand – just one lucky referral after another.

And I'll cut to the chase. This was what led me to creating a system. A system for finding high-quality new clients. (And ultimately, this website.)

I built this system because I couldn't believe it didn't exist already. I wanted it. For my business. Not scammy "$100 for a twitter clone" job posts. I wanted to find realistic, high-paying organizations.

And I didn't mind putting in the work of cold-emailing, sending proposals, and following up – because I knew these actions gave ME back control.

Turns out control is a popular thing. Lots of freelancers and agencies wanted this too.

And soon I was finding so many leads I couldn't pursue them all. So I started publishing them for friends as a weekly email I called my Referral Newsletter. Over the years, this newsletter has helped thousands of people around the world add millions of dollars in client work to their business.

It has been so successful, in fact, that I boiled down the entire system into a specialty-agnostic training program I call Endless Clients. Anyone can use it, no matter what type of work they do. As long as you put in the work, this program will take you from stressed out and scrambling for work to calm, lead-generation on autopilot, zen master – all in just six weeks.

Now I know all of this sounds good but hard to believe...

If I were in your shoes (and I was) I would be thinking the exact same thing. That's why I created free versions of my products and content that anyone can sign up for, see results from immediately, and use to get started ending the feast or famine cycle in their business forever.

Below I'd love to show you exactly how we do it, so that you can find 10+ $10,0000 clients in less than 30 minutes whenever you want. I'll also tell you exactly how you can get started risk-free to see for yourself.

Folyo's approach is different than most freelancing sites out there because we actually go out and find millions of dollars in client work for real freelancers and agencies every year.

It's easy to talk about how to find clients ('just dial in your positioning!') when you don't actually have to do it. We do. We use everything we teach daily.

And the absolute best place to start if you're new here is by signing up for our free Referral Newsletter.

Go to this link and enter your email address and you will receive 10+ free leads from us each month – plus a free 1-hour training program on how to build a system that will find you clients for your specific company in almost no time per month.

You can control finding clients. It doesn't need to suck. 

– Robert

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get access to opportunities on Folyo?

The best way is to sign up for a free account using this page using this page. You’ll get instant access to our weekly newsletter and more info on getting started.

How does the Referral Newsletter work?

Simple! We seek out $10k+ design projects all day, everyday. When we come upon a particularly good one, we send it right to your inbox! You start conversations with strangers that can become great life-long clients. To sign up, join the waiting list using the link above.

About how many emails/projects should I expect if I sign up?

The exact number depends on how many great contract opportunities get shared on that day. We never post a project just to post it.

Will there be projects for my agency?

Most likely yes. We can’t control what type of projects we get but we look out for the best Marketing, Graphic, UX, front-end, and interaction design projects on the web. If your agency does design or development, there will plenty of chances to meet great clients.

Which countries do the projects come from?

We send projects from companies world-wide. Every project is looking for remote help. Most of them are open to freelancer/shops anywhere in the world, unless otherwise noted. Folyo works best if you’re based in the US.

Is my credit card info secure?

Yes. This site is encrypted using a 256-bit secure connection and all payments are processed through Stripe, the same payment processor used by Shopify, Target, BestBuy, NPR, and over 100,000+ other online businesses.

I signed up. Why am I not receiving emails?

Sometimes our emails can end up in the spam folder, or in Gmail’s “Promotions” tab if you use Gmail.

Here are some instructions for many common email clients to keep our emails out of the spam folder.

If you can’t find our emails in Promotions or Spam, then email robert@folyo.me and we’ll be happy to help troubleshoot the issue with you!

What is your refund policy?

We offer a 60-day end the feast or famine or it’s free 100% money-back guarantee on any purchase.

Can I cancel/unsubscribe at anytime?

Yes, every email has an unsubscribe link at the bottom and you can cancel your premium subscription at any time.

When I win a project how much commission do I have to pay?

None. Any client you land on Folyo is 100% yours. We don’t get between you and your clients in anyway. Unlike many other freelancing sites, there’s no app, no commission, and no percentage fee. It runs on independence so you own the communication and keep 100% of your income.

What kind of projects will you send me?

Folyo is focused on clients looking to solve important design problems for their business. That means you’ll get graphic, frontend, and UX design gigs. Members say that they find on Folyo reply at a higher rate than any other type of lead generation they’ve done in the past. But they also have an unfair advantage. They’re better at contacting clients because Folyo makes it easy to focus on sending a really good first email.

I’m outside of the US, is that a problem?

Folyo works best if you’re based in the US because we’re based in the US and most companies that come to use are based in the US. That said, if you can design and have a solid grasp of the English language, you can – and will win – work from these projects. Folyo has top freelancers from all over the world, including places like Europe, Asia, and basically every other continent in the world who are loving the service. Unless otherwise noted, all projects are 100% remote and open to remote freelancers anywhere in the world, so I’d suggest you sign up and see if it’ll work for you.

Will this replace my sales funnel?

Probably not. This isn’t a replacement for an entire design business’ pipeline. This is a great way to supplement your existing pipeline and fill the gaps in your schedule by starting conversations and meeting people outside of your network with active gigs. Folyo’s new 30-40 monthly opportunities will work best with a healthy dose of inbound leads. Regardless, it will add thousands of dollars to your bottom line.

Can I just find these projects myself, for free?

No. A lot of the projects we send come straight to Folyo and are found nowhere else. Your time is too valuable for finding projects online. We believe you should be spending your time winning projects not finding them.

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Resource for designers: Referral Newsletter

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Folyo Reviews by Top Consultants

My clients were always my priority but when I had too much client work, I neglected sales activities and my pipeline suffered. Since starting with your Leads Newsletter, I've had an unbroken chain of daily lead generation activity no matter what. I use my inbox as a to-do list and every week that leads email is a convenient reminder to get selling.

Kurt Elster, Ethercyle

You sent me an email about a project on Tuesday and by the following day I had a back and forth conversation with the client. Thursday we had a call about the project and by Monday we started actually working together on it. It was a really fast process. I've been a freelancer for quite a while and most of the projects that I've had in the past, I've found through word of mouth or coworkers. But this newsletter has been really great, almost more like getting projects via word of mouth rather than applying to random jobs or working with recruiters. This is a really great community that you're starting and building up.

Jes Albro, Guidea

I like to focus on projects that are particularly interesting to me, and fit my skill set well so I was reluctant to sign up at first. But amongst the work I scored from the newsletter last year were two projects that have now blossomed into amazing client relationships and tens of thousands of dollars… with no end in sight. I was really on the fence about signing up (and freelancing in general), but I’ve gotten over my imposter-syndrome at this point and realize I can compete and score some of these great leads.

I can honestly say that being a customer of yours for the past year-ish has made me a much smarter (and better) freelancer. I’m crushing it – well into 6 figures in revenues this year, and exceeding my “projections” by like 50% (absurd!). I haven’t been doing this that long, but I’m very confident in my abilities as a businessman, client relationship manager (and of course, designer).

Corey Tiani, pointpxl

My subscription has been a god-send. When I first started, I had been working as a designer for some time, but only had a few off-hand freelance contracts. Because of the opportunities I found on the newsletter, I found the means and confidence to try freelancing full-time. Since then, I’ve been able to land two other contracts – one with a consumer-facing startup called BenchSentry trying to launch their first mobile app and another with Harvard Medical School. For the first time in my career, I feel like I’m doing the right type of work. I cannot thank you enough! I’ve been hesitant on subscribing to Folyo because it made freelancing all-too real and meant that I had to commit to freelancing for the long term. But I’m finally ready to dive deeper!

Kevin Chang, Freelancer

As an agency owner there are always going to be ebbs and flows. But landing this project helps us better plan for the future. This is a six-figure contract. It's by far the biggest project we’ve landed. And that’s really helped us calm the stress. I can definitely say without having access to this project we’d still be in the same place we were a few years ago. Pretty incredible.

The biggest part that I was surprised about was that they’d only received 6 proposals. I attribute that to your system. For a team of 3 this will allow us to grow. It’s going to pay our salaries and put money in the bank.

Joey Kirk, Made by Munsters

At first I was worried about the lead quality and quantity. If the leads weren’t a good match for my services or there wasn’t enough of them then the service wouldn’t have worked for me. Once I figured out my process it made it easy to compliment my own lead generation process. Every week there was a good chance that at least one lead in the newsletter could use my services. The best thing about the newsletter is that it runs on email so it’s easy to process, archive, or save. If I get busy I can leave it alone until I have time for it.

Leads grouped by type which lets me ignore the ones that don’t apply to me. The additional contact information makes it easier to find the actual people behind the project. The educational content around writing better emails and other topics help me improve my own process. It’s a great service to supplement other forms of marketing because it requires very little time. It’s especially valuable if someone is checking job boards by hand because there are a lot of full-time and non-remote leads that you’d have to filter out.

In less than a year I’ve won close to $65,000 in projects from this newsletter alone. All of them have become repeat clients who I expect would be buying additional services over the next few years.

Eric Davis, Little Stream Software

Being from outside the US, I was intimidated. I signed up for the newsletter because it sounded like a dream way to receive possible leads. I hesitated but ended up ordering within a week. Robert wrote in one of his first emails, that it takes time and practice to actually land a project, and that it can take weeks or even months. I had no problem with that. Nevertheless, I landed my first project after just 4 or 5 days. The monthly cost of the newsletter is covered already, and I still have weeks left from my first month. I’ll keep being a subscriber, thanks Robert!

Gabor Szurdoki, Freelancer

In seven months, I’ve closed 3 deals that total a little over $20,000 – directly from the leads in the newsletter. All three of these projects have led to long-term clients that continue to come back to me, so the value of these contracts continues to grow. One of the clients wanted a front-end developer, and now I am helping him build a travel booking engine. It has been a small but on-going project worth about $2,000 every month. Another client runs a successful e-Learning web application. I wrapped up the work that was in the scope of the project a few weeks ago, and just the other day, the client contacted me to see if I was available to take on some more work.

The discussions I've had on the community have proven incredibly valuable, and have done a lot to improve my response-rate when emailing leads, my technique for following up, as well as my business in general. Truth be told, I probably could have gotten even more work through the newsletter, but when I am very busy, I am selective about which leads I contact. It’s possible to actually wind up with more work than I can handle through this! :-)

Update: BTW, I just closed another lead from the newsletter, a deal to subcontract for a design agency. Its really great what you’re doing!

Elliot Betancourt, Hip Dot Media

I’m starting to build an on-going relationship with clients. The day I took the Newsletter for a test drive, here’s how it went down: 8:30 am – signed up. 9:21 am - sent first email to lead. 10:22 am - had phone interview with lead. 10:40 am - received W-9 and project contract. If this sounds ridiculous, it’s because it is. And it actually happened. Because of this newsletter I’m starting to build an on-going relationship with a client, which is beyond worth the cost. I typically don’t do reviews, rate things, etc, but this has to be said: this newsletter is an incredibly EFFECTIVE tool, and a must-have for freelancers. Thanks so much!

Dave Matheson, Bitly

I feels absolutely amazing not having to check job boards. Wading through all the crappy jobs to find the good ones was tough enough. I'm no longer stressed about what comes next. The leads in the newsletter are amazing and I look forward to your email every week. Thanks for a wonderful project.

Patrick O’dwyer, Turtledome

You did all the legwork. Great job filtering down to just the people who really met the detailed requirements. The icing on the cake was the interview recordings – which made it a really efficient process for us.

Theresa Neil, Guidea

On the first day I used this, I contacted 3 prospective clients and got three emails back. One of those turned into a solid gig. It's totally worth it so far. A big reason why is that I know they'll be 100% freelance-friendly frontend leads and I don't have to do any thinking about whether it makes sense for me to apply or not. Thanks for creating this Newsletter!

Jason Swett, Meadows Eye

Man you are really kicking (butt). I feel like you're doing all of the work and I just get to be all la-tee-da over picking who I reach out to. Keep up the good work! I've been super pleased with my choice to invest in this Newsletter. You've proven to be a low-risk way to get more leads to my door and as a busy owner, you're exactly the type of person I want to work with for a long time. Please don't stop!

Nick Hance, Reenhanced

Up until now I’ve been relying on word-of-mouth for work and this has been a nice easy way to start up the lead generation process without wasting time filtering through all the junk I was worried about.

Curtis Herbert, Breakpoint Studio

I signed up about 2 months ago when I decided to move away from my full time job and transition into freelancing. I put together a simple portfolio and replied to 2-3 ads per day consistently. After a month I had made over $3000 off of the leads and also got offered a full-time contract ($100,000/year roughly). That’s a bigger return than I ever expected. It’s brought a ridiculous return and if I ever move to freelancing again, first thing I’ll do is sign up for this newsletter again.

Milosz Falinksi, Lumi Design

At first I was unsure about whether the ROI would be worth the monthly cost. But after joining I realized the “potential” ROI is enormous and worth the cost. I like that while I get leads covering various types of work, they are grouped by those types of work making it easier to find the leads for the type of work I focus on. I’ve also been about to practice emailing people, get out of my head and realize that I am just sending an email and the worse thing that can happen is that it will go unread. It’s opened my eyes to the amount of work that is actually available, and not just what was represented by recruiter. This realization that networking events and referrals aren’t the only ways to get leads and work has been huge for my mindset. It is vital to teaching people that they can find work for themselves, especially those who have relied on others, like friends and recruiters, for so many years.

Mark Brown, GameSim

On the first day I contacted three prospective clients and got three emails back. One of those communications turned into a solid gig. It's totally worth it so far. A big part of why it's worth it to me to pay $97/mo for leads is that I know they'll be 100% freelance-friendly leads and I don't have to think about whether it makes sense for me to apply or not. Again, I'm really loving the Leads Newsletter so far, and thanks for creating it. I look forward to continuing to use it for a long time.

Jamie Syke, Syke Co

Since using the newsletter I have seen excellent results toward bringing in new business. I was able to start a connection with a lead that has brought in over $2700 in projects, with more planned in the near future. I'm also in talks with another great organization that may result in ongoing projects as well. I read through every newsletter and typically follow up with one each day. It lets me put to rest how I get clients so that I'm able to focus on automating this part of my business.

Joshua Wold, XWP

At first I was unsure about whether the ROI would be worth the monthly cost. But after joining I realized the “potential” ROI is enormous and worth the cost. I like that while I get leads covering various types of work, they are grouped by those types of work making it easier to find the leads for the type of work I focus on. I’ve also been about to practice emailing people, get out of my head and realize that I am just sending an email and the worse thing that can happen is that it will go unread. It’s opened my eyes to the amount of work that is actually available, and not just what was represented by recruiter. This realization that networking events and referrals aren’t the only ways to get leads and work has been huge for my mindset. It is vital to teaching people that they can find work for themselves, especially those who have relied on others, like friends and recruiters, for so many years.

Dan Barrett, AdWords Nerds

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