I’m on various freelance websites such as elance.com odesk.com and ifreelance.com. I’m getting some work but the work I’m getting takes me forever to complete and it’s not very well paid. I know there are ways to make more money freelance writing, can you point me in the write direction?
You have many options available if you want to make more money as a freelance writer. There is some great information posted here on Freelance Writing Jobs, including the job leads we post on weekdays, that can help you move toward better-paying gigs.
Along with answering job ads, you can start approaching prospective clients directly. Before you do, take some time to learn something about the client’s business and how your skills could help the client improve his or her business or solve an issue they are having with it.
Avoid contacting someone and asking, “Do you need a writer?” This approach makes it very easy for your prospect to say, “No.” Be specific. If you are going to ask a question, ask if the client could use help from someone who can provide [X] service for them that will provide [Y] benefits for them.
Online message boards are a good place to find prospective clients as well. You can look for ones specifically for writers, as well as ones for the particular market you are trying to target.
Cold calling local businesses is another way that you can move into higher-paying work. You may find yourself making several calls before you get someone who wants to learn more about what you have to offer, but you may find someone who has just recognized that they need a writer and who hasn’t started look for one yet. If you present yourself well, the client may never place an ad, and you don’t have to compete against hundreds of other applicants for the gig.
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