The life of a freelance can have some challenges despite the many benefits. If you are a freelance writer, chances are, finding steady gigs is not always easy. Especially if you are just getting started. Sometimes, freelance writers do not know where to look for clients or how exactly to approach them. As a freelancer, you will need to learn how to go after your clients until your network is large enough for people to bring the clients to you.
Here are 7 ways to help you find a job as a freelance writer:
Write as a guest writer
When you guest post on popular sites hundreds and thousands of people will see your writing. One of those viewers is probably a potential client. Pitching to job ads is great, but if you don’t have a good set of samples especially from pieces published on other people’s sites it will be hard to land a quality client. There are hundreds, if not thousands of popular bloggers ready to publish guest posts on their websites. Do your research and explore the possibilities. It can be the start of your writing career.
Start your own blog
Is there a topic you are particularly fascinated about? It might be a good idea to start writing about it. This is a great way to build a strong portfolio. Plus, it will show potential contractors that you take initiative!
Another way to attract high-paying clients is to have a professional looking website. Blogging platforms like WordPress or Bloglovin are very easy to use and allow you to set up very nice looking websites.
I cannot stretch the importance of networking enough. You probably heard the saying “If you want to be an eagle, you cannot fly with pigeons”. Your environment will have the power to open doors for you. So start getting in contact with other freelance writers, as they will be able to connect you with potential clients.
So, if you’ve been following a freelance writer, do not be afraid to reach out to them. They will also give you advice on how much you should charge for your work, what type of clients to avoid, the challenges and more!
Job search websites
Job search websites are an excellent way to find exactly what you need as a freelance writer. It is important to take your time and search the best cities.
Pitch to a job board add
If you’re new to freelance writing and you want to find quality jobs, responding to job ads is a great idea. It’s also the main way many new writers use for finding consistent work.
Approach web design companies
Web design companies are often looking for writers to create content. Visit web design companies and let them know there’s a writer available. These businesses have a full roster of clients that need web content. This will be a great way for you to find consistent clients and steady gigs.
Cold pitching is approaching a business and telling them how your work can benefit them. This requires research. Before approaching companies you wish to write for, you should really take the time to analyze how your writing will help them grow. Your pitch should be backed up with numbers: How many clients can you bring them? How many readers can you attract? By what percentage can your writing boost sales? – These are all examples of things you should bring up in order to convince them.
If you are a freelance writer trying to create your path, be patient and consistent. It might not be the easiest way but it sure rewards in the long run if you don’t give up.