6 clients in 72 hours! And lessons learned

by | Jan 21, 2014 | Blog Challenge, Experiments | 7 comments

6 new clients 72 hoursI wanted to tell you about what happened a last summer (not this past one) when I really needed to bring in extra income while figuring a few other things out.

And then I remembered I wrote a bit about it, in a blog post that summer. Yay me!

https://loraleehutton.com/3-new-clients-in-2-hours-do-you-have-an-intake-process/  (click through to grab the swipe file)

What I didn’t write about (and wanted to share with you today) is that I created 6 new client folders and had them sitting on my desk. Within 3 days, all 6 folders were full!  Plus, one hastily scribbled version, that didn’t pan out as a paying client.
new client folder
I didn’t advertize anywhere and I didn’t even tell people I was available to do VA work. I’m not sure how it happened, to be quite honest. It was as though the act of creating those folders brought in the work.

I used to do the same thing in my accounting practice, but it was harder to SEE, because new work came in fairly steady anyway… but I had no clients this time, and then 6 clients in 72 hours… pretty wild.

Okay, there’s more! I fired 5 of them before the autumn.

Want to know why?

I didn’t have a clear idea of who I wanted to work with. Big missing piece. I was receiving the money I wanted, and they were all conscious entrepreneurs (my target market) but they also had some qualities that were not a good match for me. And before I knew it I wanted/needed to end our working relationship.

Any chance you’re up for trying it as an experiment?

  • Create some beautiful folders, put them into a file rack on your desk, or in a filing cabinet
  • Keep the energy open to receiving new client work (if that’s what you’re wanting/needing right now)
  • Add some kind of note on that intake form that helps draw the “right” clients into your life.


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  1. Roseanna Franco

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    I’ve been trying for a while bbut I never seem to get there!
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    • Loralee Hutton

      Hey Roseanna,
      I haven’t done anything specific to reach Yahoo news. I use Yoast SEO plugin and try to write without really focusing on SEO. It’s a great question though…

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

  2. David Ryan

    6 clients in 72 hours. Wow. I don’t think I can handle that. I can only deal with one client at a time.

    • Loralee Hutton

      Focusing on one at a time is the best strategy for sure! But connecting with 6 new people in three days is something I’m sure you excel at!

  3. Monique

    I need to do this. I’m about to head to bed, but I’m going to pull out 3 folders right now. I just need to find a place for them on my (messy) desk.

  4. Marianne

    Wow that’s awesome Teri!
    I believe it. It’s all about putting your intentions out there.

  5. Teri

    Hi Loralee! Right after I read this I went to print out my process and make a few folders and before i could do that I got a message from someone wanting to work with me! Somehow I don’t think that’s a coincidence, Thank you for sharing! Awesome info:)

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