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    So major issue I"m having is when trying to bid on state contracts I see many of the are in need of at least 3 references. I'm into IT application development etc. I've been looking on Craigslist and I've started looking on "upwork". Issue is since these are state contracts I need to have references that have a company name, contact information and "type of work". I concerned that "fly-by-night" type of jobs will look weak?

    I'm a new company. Need to get my feet wet. I have 10+ years IT experience myself (app dev, database etc).

    Anybody knows the best way to get references in this type of situation.

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    While you have 10+ years of experience your new company is basically straight out of college. The only way I know of getting references for big jobs is to do smaller jobs and work your way up. Try joining the local BNI group. The group is devoted to passing referrals to each other. It is a great way for a small business to grow.
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    References are from people you've done work for. There is no shortcut, you have to get those kinds of jobs that look good on a resume' and give good references.

    Not sure what you're asking. Are you asking How do you get those kinds of jobs? Or are you asking is there another way to get references?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold Mansfield View Post
    References are from people you've done work for. There is no shortcut, you have to get those kinds of jobs that look good on a resume' and give good references.

    Not sure what you're asking. Are you asking How do you get those kinds of jobs? Or are you asking is there another way to get references?
    Yes, I think I understand the idea.

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