There is not a day that goes by when I am not asked where to find freelance work. I sympathize- if you don’t know where to start looking you can feel extremely lost. But the fact is, you probably know exactly where to find work. It’s not a secret. It’s much more likely that you’re not getting the work you go after. Your problem probably isn’t ‘not enough leads’, it’s much more likely a ‘poor conversion rate’.
Marketers call this the ‘leaky bucket’ effect. The leak is not fixed by dumping more water in the bucket. Developers encounter the same issue with poorly optimized websites. You can’t fix bad sales by simply adding more traffic. Similarly, you can’t fix a poor conversion rate by seeking out more and more leads.
Ultimately your job search should strive for efficiency. Even if a conversion problem could be solved or improved by adding more leads, this adds time, effort, and potentially even cost to your search for work. These are the things you want to minimize when building your freelance business.
You should give at least as much attention to your marketing as you do to finding leads. Is your positioning appropriate for your service? Is your targeting narrow enough? Is your messaging compelling? Until these things are sorted there is no benefit to finding additional leads.