Freelance Writing Jobs Blog – The Best of January

Every month, the bloggers at FWJ work hard to provide quality and helpful content. Hardworking freelance writers click through looking for great leads and info, but let’s face it, some posts may slip by in the daily hustle and bustle. Here’s some great posts you may have missed: Writing From Home: Warnings & Tips on How to Survive When You Have No Office by Robin Parrish Robin captures the writing from home experience perfectly. My favorite: Get Out of the House. As important as it is to guard your at-home work time, sometimes you just have to get away from [Read more…]

Connect With a Potential Client Through Your Cover Letter

Have you ever thought about why you would write a cover letter to someone? It’s not simply a way to let them know that you are forwarding your freelance writing resume and/or samples for their review. Your cover letter is a way to introduce yourself to the potential client and invite him or her to enter into a discussion about whether you can effectively work together. If your goal is to invite further discussion, you need to add something more than a simple laundry list of your qualifications. By all means tell the client something about your background, but share [Read more…]

Are You Busy?

I personally hate getting asked this question by clients. The truth is that I am busy. My family is probably a lot like yours – we enjoy eating and living indoors – so I make sure that I stay busy. When a client asks that question, they are really trying to find out whether you are too busy to talk to them about a project. That is an entirely different question. I’m never too busy to talk to a client or a prospective client about their writing needs. To tell someone that you are too busy to talk to them [Read more…]

The Job Pyramid and What it Means to You

The job market is shaped like a pyramid. Consider the pyramid shape for a minute. It’s broader at the base and gets narrower as it rises to the top. The same thing is true when you are looking at freelance writing jobs. If you are looking at entry-level opportunities, there are many of them out there. I’m just talking about numbers, not whether they would be a good fit for you or whether they pay a rate that you would feel comfortable accepting. One of the reasons that I like checking out leads on Indeed.com is that this job search [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for March 16, 2010

Happy Tuesday, Everyone! Deb is on her way back from SXSW, and I’m sure she found it a valuable and enjoyable experience. Did anyone else find that they were a bit “off” yesterday? I blame the time change. Here are your leads for today. Hope you find something interesting on the list. Do you follow FWJ on Facebook? New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Postcards from SXSW Freelance Writing Communities: 10 Questions to Ask Before You Join Is Your Freelance Marketing Message Clear? Recommended Reading Ray Bradbury on Writing Persistently at About Freelance Writing Elements of a Successful Project [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for March 15, 2010

Do you follow FWJ on Facebook? New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Using Numbers in Writing Three Tips for Killer Web Headlines WorkingNaked.net Announces Home Office Contest Recommended Reading Ray Bradbury on Writing Persistently at About Freelance Writing Open Thread: What Are Your Most Productive Hours? at Freelance Folder Thanks to Week 229 SOBs at Liz Strauss (SOB = Successful and Outstanding Bloggers) Navigating the Middle of Your Post – Without Getting Lost at ProBlogger Premium Featured Gig: Are you a wizard blogger, technical/creative writer or web designer? Can you tell bad web wizardry from good web wizardry? Can [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for March 12, 2010

Good morning FWJ Friends! It’s Friday and the last work day before March Break. Things are a bit quiet on the boards this morning – probably due to March Break plans – but I have some leads for you. Have a great weekend, and I’ll be back on Monday. Do you follow FWJ on Facebook? New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network oDesk: One Writer’s Experience and His Plea to Clients Didn’t Get the Gig? Keep in Touch Anyway Recommended Reading 3 Reasons Writing a Rough Draft is The First Step to A Completed Writing Project at About Freelance Writing [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for February 15, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year and happy belated Valentine’s Day. Welcome to another clean slate Monday where we forget any negativity or missteps of the past week and make a fresh start. What will you do for your positive beginning? Enjoy your daily lists: New around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Do Not as I Do: My Ten Most Embarrassing Freelance Writing Moments Freelance Writing Jobs You’re Not Feeling: 3 Tips for Getting Through the Clunkers Your Turn: What’s Your Definition of a “Good” Freelance Writing Job A Peek into My Freelance Writing Portfolio and a Few Valuable Lessons To Earn [Read more…]

Newspapers: A Source of Freelance Writing Jobs Leads

Did you know that your daily newspaper can be a good source of leads for freelance writing jobs? I’m not necessarily talking about the job ads, either, in case you are wondering. If you are looking for work from local clients, the newspaper is a good way to find out what’s happening with businesses and organizations in your community. Check out the business section to find out which companies are introducing new products or hiring more staff. A business that is launching a new product may be interested in your pitch to update their marketing materials or web site to [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Isn't Brain Surgery, But….

Recently in my online travels, I came across a comment on a message board that got me thinking. The commenter stated that freelance writing is “an open door that invites anyone in.” This person goes on to say that well-educated and informed writers have to prove themselves. I agree that the Internet has opened up many possibilities for freelance writers. There are opportunities available online that simply weren’t offered a few years ago. And yes, many people think that they want to “get into” writing. It’s a situation of many being called, and few having what it takes to stick [Read more…]

6 Things Freelance Writers Can Learn from Professional Wrestlers

I look for inspiration in lots of places when I’m thinking about my blog posts. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the traits that make up a successful freelance writer and what it takes to get hired for freelance writing jobs. When I was pondering what kind of person exhibits the “write stuff,” (pun intended) it occurred to me that we can learn a lot from professional wrestlers. See if you agree with me after you read the list. 1. You need to stand out from the rest. Let’s face it, a professional wrestler does stand out from the crowd. This [Read more…]

Do You Need a Freelance Writer Resume?

Looking for freelance writing jobs is an interesting thing. As I’ve said before, when you work as a freelancer, you are your own boss. When you apply for work, you aren’t applying for a job, exactly. The person who hires you to work isn’t your employer; they are a client. You might work with a client on the different projects that you do, but you are your own boss. Some potential clients want to find out about a freelancer’s background and education before they hire them and may ask to see a resume. Although I will provide a potential client [Read more…]

Not Another End of the Year Blog Post

I know a lot of people enjoy the end of the year lists that are so popular online, in print and on television. I’m not one of them. It’s just not something that holds my interest. I’ve learned over the years that it’s probably not a good idea for me to make New Year’s resolutions. I tend to set the goal way too high, like resolving never to eat chocolate again when I have never been able to successfully give it up for Lent, without breaking the goal down into a plan to increase my chances of success. Since now [Read more…]

Attitude Counts When Looking for Freelance Work

Is looking for freelance work a necessary evil to you or something that you take in stride as part of the life of a freelancer? No matter how busy we may be at any particular point in time, we need to keep in mind that things can change very quickly. A client who was keeping us busy with steady work may not have much for us at a particular point in time. We may decide that it’s time to move on from a client or a type of work we have outgrown. The gig may be for a specific project [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for December 18, 2009

I’m having one of those “white rabbit” days today. You know the one from Alice in Wonderland, who was late, late, late?!? Yep, that’s it. I slept in this morning and everything I’ve done since then has been thrown off. I did have a brief moment of panic that threatened to escalate into a meltdown, but then I realized that I don’t have time for one right now. All I can do is present you with today’s leads and apologize for the fact that they are late. I hope you find something on the list that you consider worth the [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for December 16, 2009

Our good friend Jodee Redmond begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting has agreed to do leads until the end of the year. Thanks to Jodee for her help in getting these to you! New around the network: How to Write a Press Release Part 3: Distribution Tax Tips for Writers: When a Writer Needs to Hire a CPA Don’t Wait Until January 1st to Plan Your Freelance Writing Strategy for 2010 Let’s Get to the Action: Verbs Recommended Reading: Seven Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Outsource at Freelance Folder 9 Tips for Tracking Project Expenses at Freelance Switch Think You Know Entrepreneurs? Think Again [Read more…]

When is the Right Time to Become a Freelance Writer?

I admit that I lurk around on various message boards and the discussion that I see get me thinking. I’ve been following one discussion about when it’s a good time to launch a career as a freelance writer. These options have been suggested, and both of them have valid points: Save up enough money until you have several months’ worth of expenses and go full time. Start part time while working in a “day” job and build up a good client base and ease into freelancing. The idea here is to have some kind of a “fall back” position in [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for Friday, January 9, 2009

by Jodee Redmond Good morning FWJ Friends! Here are your leads for today. Leads…. Telecommute Freelance Business Writer Freelance Writers to Review Mobile Applications ($50 per accepted review) Grant Writer Speech Writer Needed (Bar Mitzvah) Grant Writer Needed Bio Writer for Web Site Call for Submissions – Pets Across America Freelance Writing Project for Furniture Writers or Interior Designers Chinese-English Freelance Translators Needed Writer Needed for Web Site Writer Needed for Forensic Stories Writers Needed for Dental Industry

Freelance Writing Jobs for Thursday, January 8, 2009

by Jodee Redmond Good morning FWJ Friends! I’ve got leads for marketing writers, dog experts, medical writers, women’s boardsport writers, math editors, copy writers and real estate writers for your consideration this morning. Some blogging jobs and several internships are also on the list. I try to share positive feedback when we get it here at FWJ and I have some for you this morning. A client who recently posted an ad here was kind enough to write in to share how impressed he was by the caliber of applicants he gets from this site and that it can be [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for Wednesday, January 7, 2009

by Jodee Redmond Good morning FWJ Friends! I’ve got leads for marketing writers, copy editors and translators for you this morning. A couple of blogging gigs and some internships are also included. Hope you find something interesting on today’s list! Leads… Telecommute Freelance Writer for Automobile Website ($0.04 per word) Freelance Marketing Writers Copy Editor for Long-Term Assignment Seeking Exceptional Creative Professionals Writers – Part Time ($15 per hour) Contract Medical Technical Writers – All Backgrounds Freelance French Translator Freelance Researcher ($100 per project) Freelance Writers @ The Real Deal Oregon Business Magazine Seeking Writers Freelance Greeting Card Writer for [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for Tuesday, January 6, 2009

by Jodee Redmond Good morning FWJ Friends! It’s Tuesday and I have leads for editors, greeting card writers, bloggers, and copy writers today. The text in one ad caught my eye this morning. It looked interesting until I got to the part where this prospective client wanted any writers hired to “pay some dues before they start reaping the benefits.” I chose not to include it on today’s list, since it sounded like a fancy way for someone to try to get people to work for free. And the last time I looked at my “dues” account, it was marked [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for Monday, January 5, 2009

by Jodee Redmond Good morning FWJ Friends! I’m going to skip the summary, since I’m running a little late today (alarm didn’t go off). I hope something on today’s list gets your week off to a great start! Leads… Telecommute Dog Oil Press Accepting Dark Humor Submissions Root & Sprout Seeks Parenting Writers ($25 per article) Freelance Writers for New National Magazine Magazine Article Writer – Student Related ($30-$180) Freelance Writer Wanted ($25-$75 per article) Freelance Finance Article Writer -US Applicants ($50-$75 per article) Professional Russian and Spanish Translators for Marketing Content Full Time Work From Home Copy Writer ($500-$750 [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for Friday, January 2, 2009

by Jodee Redmond Good morning FWJ Friends, and Happy New Year to everyone! I have leads for press release writers, translators, copy writers, white paper writers, and technical writers. Opps for news writers and proofreaders are also on today’s list. Hope something on today’s list gets 2009 off to a great start for you! Leads… Telecommute Need Someone to Write a White Paper Web Writer, Part Time Press Release/Press Kit Writer Wanted German Translators Wanted French to English Art Translation Large Japanese-English Translation Job ($8,000) Business Proposal Writer Needed Press Release Writer/Coordinator Technical Writer Editors/Writers for Gotfolks Magazine Research and [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs: The New Year’s Eve Edition

by Jodee Redmond Good morning FWJ Friends! It’s December 31 and the last day this year that I will have leads for you. It’s another relatively quiet day, but things will pick up after the New Year. Enjoy your New Year’s celebrations, everyone! Leads… Telecommute Freelance Writer (Multicultural Reports) Writers who Know California Politics Wedding Writer ($20 for 600 words) Health/Fitness Reporters and Writers Wanted Technical Writer – Casino Experience Need Writer for Press Release and SEO Writer/Editor for Martial Arts Magazine Copy Writing and SEO for my Web Site Entertainment Industry and Technology Columnist ($35 per story)

Freelance Writing Jobs for December 30, 2008

by Jodee Redmond Good morning FWJ Friends! There was a bit more activity on the boards this morning, and I’ve leads for content writers, business plan writers, fitness writers, translators, proofreaders, and copy writers. A few blogging opps and internships are included as well. Something on today’s list might get your new year started off with a new gig. Do let us know if you get hired for anything we post here. We love to hear about your success, and it is inspiring to other readers, too! Leads… Telecommute Custom Content Freelance Writers @ Associated Content Newsletter Editor/Reporter Italian Translator [Read more…]

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