So, you’ve decided to take up freelance writing. You’ve researched the perks, such as working at home or in your favourite café in town, the money is decent if you work hard and yeah, the hours may be time-consuming at first but get that experience in and you’ll be well on your way!
However, before any of this, you need to secure those jobs in the first place. Not sure where to begin? Here’s how!
Cold Pitch Businesses
One of the most old-fashioned ways to secure your job is by actively seeking out businesses that you’d think you’d like to write for and then basically emailing them stating that you’re a freelance writer and you’re available for work.
This is a great method since you can find some really awesome contracts for companies that you’re interested and really want to work for if you get lucky. “Nine times out of ten, you probably won’t hear back, but there’s still a chance, and it’s free to send the email in the first place!” – says Charlie Nelson, a business writer and a Huffingtonpost contributor.
Create a Website
As a freelance writer, your website is your portfolio, your resume and your business card. By setting yourself up with a nice and easy-to-use website, businesses searching for freelance writers online can come across and get in touch with you.
Build Up Your Experience
The chances are that a business will not want to take on a writer whose new and has no experience. So, you need to build this up. You can do this by guest posting on blogs, initially for free. If you can get yourself featured on a couple of blogs, this is a great way to show future employers what you’re made of.
Find Work on Online Job Boards
Freelancing jobs boards have taken off dramatically in the last few years, and some now hosts over 17 million jobs a year. There’s sure to be some work for you on one of these sites. Here’s a few to get you started.
The leader of the pack when it comes to freelance job boards. The website is full of clients and freelancers from all over the world, and you’ll find all kinds of writing work from all kinds of niches and industry. Free and premium accounts available.
A leading online writing service that handles a tonne of writing work for academic and business users. The website is constantly on the lookout for freelance writers to work for them.
Similar to Upwork, People Per Hour, more commonly known as PPH is a cutting-edge job board with a competitive ranking system, putting you up against other freelancers in the writing industry. The best naturally get more work!
An online writing community that’s always on the lookout for new bloggers and writers who can contribute to their forums and services.
An academic writing service that’s constantly on the lookout for new writers who can complete their client work. There’s writing, proofreading and editing tasks available.
A website dedicated to finding work for bloggers. The website is all about enhancing your writing skills with nearly 8,000 unique posts as well as information on where to find work.
State of Writing
A free online blog that’s dedicated to writing about writing. Inside, there’s also a number of articles and pages dedicated to finding you work as a freelance writer, as well as tips and tricks on securing your next role.
An online editing and proofreading service that’s always on the lookout for freelance writers who can help them handle their influx of work.
A business writing service that specialises in creating content for websites, businesses and companies around the world who employ freelancers like yourself to help with their service.
Network with Other Writers
This doesn’t mean you’re liaising with the competition but many writers out there will be more than happy to help you out when it comes to finding work.
Whether you’re using any of the links in the list above, through social media or through other writing forums, get in touch, and they’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the industry.
Use Social Media
Of course, this point was going to come up but for a good reason. Social media is your best friend. Whether you’re connecting with clients, other writers, businesses or joining freelancing groups, pages and job boards, using social media as a tool, not just a device for finding the best cat videos.
Search Your Local Area
Just because you’re trying to find work online, it doesn’t mean that you can’t use the internet to find jobs in your local area.
Search businesses in your local area, call them up on the phone or send them an email. If you live in a small town, you’ll probably be surprised how many businesses don’t even know what a freelance writer is and what you can do for them.
As mentioned in the introduction, freelance writing will be difficult to start off with, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make it. By harnessing the internet as a tool for work, a concept that many of us have never done before, you can live your dreams any way you please!
Gloria Kopp is a digital marketing consultant and a business writer at Big Assignments. She enjoy sharing professional advice in her posts at Microsoft and Resumention blog. Besides, Gloria is an author of Studydemic blog where she writes her guides and reviews for students and educators.