Most, if not all, freelancers will tell you that they are always on the lookout hoping for really big freelancing clients. We’re talking about the type of client that will guarantee you several months of steady work, making it possible for you to enjoy the type of financial security otherwise found in steady, full-time employment. [Read more…]
If you’ve got a flair for writing and enjoy creating stimulating and informative articles, then you’re probably ready to start your own freelance writing business.
But, being good at writing isn’t enough. It’s a very competitive marketplace. You need your business to stand out from the crowd and to keep your present online; even when you’re not.
The best way of achieving this is to have an effective marketing strategy. [Read more…]
When you’re starting up a business or establishing yourself as a freelancer, it’s easy to think that all potential clients are good clients. The customer is always right, after all.
This isn’t always the case. Sometimes you may not be a fit for a project. All freelancers will run into that at some point, and that’s not a big deal. There are also clients that will make your life a living hell. [Read more…]
As of 2017, 3.9 million people in the US worked from home at least half the time.
Many of these people were freelancers.
For someone who has always worked for someone else, the freelance network can be scary. It requires confidence, skill, and persistence to be successful.
However, on the flip side — this can be one of the best and most important decisions you may ever make!
If you are looking to join the remote workforce, keep reading for some useful tips that can help propel your career and earnings past the competition.
Use Fear to Find Confidence
First things first.
You should know that confidence is not built in a vacuum. This means that trying something new and doing it well builds confidence.
The more familiar you are with a thing, the more comfortable you will be with the process of it. Also think about the many other ways that businesses are looking to find and hire freelancers as well. Not only will this help with better understanding the industry, you may also learn how to better stand out from the crowd and accommodate new clients as well.
Part of being a writer is isolating yourself in a blanket and coffee cocoon. You could literally go weeks without ever seeing another human being — should that be a main focus and goal of yours. Though it is recommended to make sure you break apart your day and writing/design work, so you don’t overwhelm yourself and your body in the process.
When you want to start freelance networking, this is a mistake. Your comfort zone is your enemy.
Start by reaching out to other freelancers and potential clients.
Do this using online forums and offline meetups. Face to face meetings build real relationships and can give you new leads.
Services like Meetup, Eventbrite, and Facebook regularly have public events centered around a topic. Also, platforms like Instagram are helpful for building your freelance career.
Find a Niche
Take stock of the knowledge you have accumulated thus far. Chances are you’ll find someone online in need of content around it.
Do you know a lot about fitness or personal development? These are jumping off blocks for you to begin reaching out to clients.
If you are unsure where to start, try picking a niche.
Specializing in a few areas will help you build a portfolio of content your clients can trust. While writing is a general skill, knowledge of a nuanced subject will land you the big bucks.
Choosing a popular niche will ensure that there will be ample work available.
If you don’t have a deep knowledge base in a particular subject, don’t worry. It is most important to show that you can provide quality work on a deadline.
The time has come to leave the research nest. Once you have an idea of what you want to write, start reaching out to people. There are many tools that can help with this process as well.
Pitching is usually the hardest part for entrepreneurs. They get into a constant loop of whether or not they are really good enough.
When this comes up, think about the worst-case scenario. The worst that will come of reaching out to a website is an ignored email. You may also get a letter that says “no thank you.”
Find a sustainable number and reach out to that many people a day. If you are in a niche, write a few sample articles and submit them to websites. Make it unique with an interesting headline to catch attention.
Be sure to set up an email for correspondence. Also, use a payment service so that you can send an invoice.
If you are hoping to go full-time as a freelancer, build up your client base first. You don’t want to leave your current job on a hunch with no prospects.
Self-talk is the voice that rolls over and over in our heads. It tells us, “I’m not good enough”, “I’m not ready”, “maybe they don’t need my input.”
Negative self-talk is unsupportive language that keeps us paralyzed by intangible possibilities. Fear of the unknown is the major driving force behind negative self-talk.
Positive self-talk can be trained and developed as you develop confidence.
Psychologists and self-improvement leaders like Craig Beck assist with developing positive self-talk.
Just like ‘haters’ and negative feedback can deter you from your end goal, positive feedback and self-talk can help you get to where you want to be.
If you truly feel your work isn’t strong enough this is a constructive truth. It simply means you can improve your writing skills.
How to Succeed in the World of Freelance
The freelance industry, like anything new, can feel overwhelming at first — but those who stick with it and build a profitable and trusted clientele, can find great success for years to come.
Like many other industries, success in it can be summed up in a few words: persistence, confidence, skill.
Building your skill will build confidence. Meeting others in your field will boost creativity, leads, and confidence.
From there, be persistent. Continue to reach out to clients and improve your work.
Of the many different things I can teach and tell you about running a business and making money online, it is that you are up against the world. There is no reason for anyone to find success online if they aren’t willing to put in the time, work, and effort.
The opportunities are there for those who are willing to fight for them. Now show the world of freelance what you have to offer!
There are thousands of people who launch beauty blogs each and every year. But unfortunately, most of them end up failing because they aren’t able to create enough content that people want.
Do you want to avoid having this happen to you? If so, you should make it a point to deliver the best possible beauty content to your blog readers — this applies to both bloggers, content creators, and freelancers alike.
As a beauty blogger or social media influencer, your goal should be to make those who come to your blog or online profile look and feel their best. You can do this by providing them with great beauty advice. If you’d like to see some real examples of the top players in this space, look no further than any of the top profiles in reference to fashion on Instagram.
Here are 9 tips that will help you come up with the right advice for those who trust you to be their beauty blogger.
1. Look at What Other Beauty Bloggers Are Doing Right Now
Before you launch your own beauty blog, you should look around at what all the other beauty bloggers that are out there are doing.
Set aside a weekend and spend it scrolling through the blog posts that other bloggers are creating. Write down what you like and what you don’t like about the different blogs that you come across.
This will provide you with plenty of inspiration for your own beauty blog. You can find a way to incorporate some of the things that you like into the mix on your blog while steering clear of making some of the mistakes that other bloggers are making.
It’s good to know what kind of competition you’re going to be up against, too. The only way you’re going to find out is by checking it out for yourself.
2. Find Your Own Unique Niche
Once you have a good idea of what other beauty bloggers are bringing to the table, your next step should be to find your own unique niche. You want to make sure you’re putting together a blog that will offer content people can’t find anywhere else.
Rather than focusing on the beauty industry as a whole, consider targeting a specific aspect of beauty that you want to cover. This will allow you to focus all your efforts on one thing rather than spreading yourself too thin.
3. Figure out Who You Want Your Audience to Be
Are you going to be blogging for teenage girls? Professional women who want to create the right look for the workplace? Men who need help grooming themselves without spending a fortune?
Instead of trying to write blogs that cater to everyone, it’s best to provide advice to a very specific group of people. You should figure out who your audience is sooner than later so that you can start writing blogs for them.
4. Make Sure Your Beauty Blog Looks Professional
People aren’t going to trust your beauty blog to provide them with beauty advice if it doesn’t look, well, beautiful.
If you’re serious about launching a successful beauty blog, find a website designer who can bring all of your many ideas to life. They should be able to create the perfect layout for your blog based on how you want it to look for your readers.
5. Invest in a High-Quality Camera
A high-quality camera is a beauty blogger’s best friend. Without a camera, beauty bloggers won’t be able to show off the latest beauty products and techniques.
You might not want to throw down a substantial amount of money for a pricy camera right away. It’s good to get your feet wet before you do.
But eventually, you’ll need a camera that’s capable of capturing the best images and videos possible for your blog. It’ll help set your blog apart from all the rest.
6. Test as Many Products and Services as You Can
The beauty industry is worth upwards of $450 billion. As a result, it’s filled with more products and services than you could ever count, let alone test.
But that shouldn’t stop you from trying to test out as many of them as you can. You could very well stumble upon a great product that no one else knows about for your blog. It’ll differentiate your blog from the rest when you’re showing your readers products and services they can’t find anywhere else.
When it comes to creating content for your audience, you need to know what they are looking for, and how to provide them with the best content possible. For a clear example of how to accomplish this, look no further than Rockwell Razors, which have created an excellent article on “What Causes Razor Bumps And How Can You Stop Them”.
Not only does this apply to a large audience and ranks well in the search results, it also targets a lot of individuals who would likely go on to purchase from their site as well.
7. Take the Time to Create Great Blog Posts
If you’re going to be a beauty blogger or social media influencer, you can’t afford to slap together low-quality posts that don’t provide people with nearly enough information. You need your posts to be incredibly detailed while still being easy to understand.
Prepare to spend at least a couple of hours on each post that you do. Additionally, try to establish a unique tone and voice for your blog right from the very beginning so that people know what to expect when they come to it.
The same holds true for how top influencers are making money on Instagram. It all comes down to providing high-quality content for your audience, and then having a solution in place, while also monetizing the process as well. Beauty bloggers and social fashionistas are making millions of dollars through the use of their content, sponsored placements, and also providing value to their audience at the same time.
8. Stay Consistent with How Often You Post
If you’re spending a couple of hours on each of your posts, if not longer, you probably won’t be able to post to your blog every day. But you need to post regularly to maintain your readership.
Create a posting schedule for yourself and stick to it. Even if you only put up one blog post every week, people need to be able to count on you putting it up on time.
9. Ask Your Blog Readers for Feedback (And Put It to Good Use!)
As your beauty blog starts to take shape and develop, there are going to be things that your readers love as well as things that they hate.
Ask your readers for feedback every so often to gauge what they like about your blog best. You can provide them with better advice when you know what they want out of your blog.
Transform Yourself into a Successful Beauty Blogger
There are so many people making a living by blogging about beauty today. If your dream is to become one of them, you need to make sure you’re ready to dish out amazing beauty advice to your blog readers.
By following the tips provided here, you can get yourself off to a great start. You can also grow over time as long as you push yourself to provide people with the best advice that you can.
As always, feel free to check out the many other articles on this blog to further improve your writing, while becoming a better beauty blogger in the process.
Freelance writers have the world at their fingertips with more than 644 million websites online. While there are millions of sites it’s not always easy to find the right ones to write for or to know how to pitch your ideas to them.
Competition is fierce and it can be difficult to get your proverbial foot in the door with companies who outsource their content.
One way to simplify the search for work is to focus on specific business topics or industries and specialize in the subject matter of interest to them. Find a niche you are comfortable with and you’ll write better and enjoy what you do.
Many freelancers become frustrated spending the majority of their time searching for employers and getting little return for their efforts.
We’ve compiled a list of seven top niches of 2019 for freelancers and included tips for how to break into them.
1. Technology Websites
More than seventy-five percent of technology companies outsource at least some of their written content to other companies and freelance writers.
As this niche becomes more popular and widespread so do the opportunities for freelance writers to get their foot in the door and build a list of clients to write for.
This is a great area to delve into because while it’s a specialized niche it is also broad enough to give you hundreds of topics and categories to write in.
A few of the sites on technology that look to freelancers for their content:
SitePoint has several categories that they are looking for quality content about. In the near future, they want content on UX prototyping, Node, Angular, and Vue.
They pay above average rates for unique and informative content that meets their requirements. ($100-$159 per article).
With over 10 million readers you’re sure to get exposure and be able to add to your portfolio by contributing to this impressive site.
WordPress powers over 30% of the top ten million websites so it’s no surprise that a site about all things related to WordPress would make the list.
This site does require writers to have a solid knowledge of web design and WordPress in particular.
WPHUB pays well for your knowledge with article payouts between $100-$200.
2. Local Business Markets
No matter what type of business a company runs — whether it be online, or offline — there is a need for content, SEO, and reaching new audiences at all time. With so many people focusing their efforts on virtual and online companies, many freelancers are forgetting about the world of offline business as well.
Should anyone take the time to focus on these areas, they might actually find a wealth of opportunity in catering to their needs and helping them rank higher in Google.
Here are some ideas and business concepts to go after.
With so many people using the internet for everything these days, it’s tough to think of businesses that still are 100% offline. Car services like oil changes and repair are one of them. This is a very competitive space, and when it comes to local search and SEO, they all need new content. Need some ideas on quality content for these types of clients? It’s simple… just think anything automative + local marketing. “Where to get an oil change in New York City, NY” is a great example.
Axe Throwing Businesses
Axe throwing is one of the latest new crazes making it’s way across the country. This local attraction is a big money maker too… but only if their locations can reach new audiences. Many of these businesses aren’t yet set up with a blog, and really only have local and axe throwing directory listings. Look through directories like the ones mentioned in this article, see which don’t have premium and full listings, then reach out to them and provide these services at a premium. This means there is a lot of money left on the table for freelances to come in and complete this work.
Wedding and Event Planning
Millions of people are getting married every month. At the same time, millions of others are celebrating birthday, big events, and throwing various other parties daily. With so many businesses catering to these needs, they all have a demand for more content to reach these audiences. With paid advertising being a huge factor for all of these businesses, target content to local audiences and demographics is also ideal.
We will also cover more tips on how to cater to these local businesses in the social media points further down.
3. Cooking, Food, and Recipes
Expressing yourself in the kitchen and cooking an impressive meal has become a favorite hobby for all ages.
There are Masterchef shows and competitions in almost every country for every age. Everyone wants to be Gordon Ramsay so they turn to the internet for inspiration and direction on how to get there.
Whether it’s about the food we eat, how to prepare it or the appliances and gadgets we use there’s a website looking for content to meet their visitors’ needs.
Cooking Detective will pay between $120-$160 for an ultimate guide (of 3000 to 4000 words) and $75 for an article (of 2000+ words) that will satisfy the tastes of their readers.
Nutri Inspector is another cooking, kitchen and nutrition site that pays above average rates for articles in this niche. You can make anywhere from $60 for a 1000 word product review to $120-$180 for a 2000-4000 word article or guide.
4. Travel and Adventure
Everyone dreams of being paid to take a vacation and more people than ever are finding a way to do just that. Writing for the travel and adventure niche is more popular and in demand than ever before.
You may not want to quit your day job, sell your home and hit the road forever to become a travel writer and you don’t have to.
You can submit blog posts about your latest family vacation, how to save on booking travel and the best activities, food and cultural events in your area and still make it in this niche.
If you do decide to live abroad you’ll want to check out Transitions Abroad for writing opportunities. They pay between $75-$150 for articles on how to survive and adapt to a new environment.
6. Online Marketing and Social Media
Content creation is always going to serve a huge value for marketing and reaching new audiences, but if you are only focusing on offering paid writing services, you are likely leaving a lot of money on the same.
Most brands are looking to expand their growth in SEO, visual marketing, social media, and mobile as well. By exploring the different opportunities available, this could lead to additional sales and recurring income for freelancers as well.
In reference to visual content, infographics and gifographics could prove to be extremely useful for your clients. In addition to offering text content creation, see if they would like to have visual marketing added into their monthly orders as well. If you aren’t sure how to create such items, you could outsource the process and charge a premium to make sure the work comes out nicely.
Throw social media into the mix, and there are plenty of areas for improvement and further monetization on your earnings as well. Here are just a few ideas:
- Creating custom social profile images and covers
- Increasing social followers and setting up remarketing campaigns
- Scheduling in evergreen content across all platforms
- Designing visual content just for social media
As you can see, all of these are relevant to every business out there — and are all a requirement in addition to written text content.
7. Look to the Skies with Astronomy and Astrology
Many people think that dreaming of a job freelance writing means you have your head in the clouds but why not make the skies your niche and prove the naysayers wrong.
There are several sites on Astronomy that accept and pay for articles written by freelancers. Each has their own set of guidelines and pay rates. It may take a little research and discussion with site editors to figure out the right topics and forum for your work in this niche.
If you’re more interested in the influence the universe has on us than the universe itself you may prefer to write about astrology than astronomy. There is definitely a market in this area as well.
A recent study by Blackwell showed that 100% of people surveyed knew their astrological sign and more than 25% of individuals read their horoscope every day.
If you are into horoscopes, tarot cards, tea leaves or numerology you’ll want to consider adding these topics to your writing portfolio. People pay big bucks to know what the future has in store for them and they could be paying those bucks to you.
Family and Parenting
It takes a village to raise a child and these days that village is in cyberspace. There are thousands of sites that offer parenting tips, resources, and budgeting suggestions for families of all shapes and sizes.
Many of these sites are looking for content to attract, entertain and educate their visitors.
FreelanceMom accepts guest posts on topics around parenting and pays between $75-$100 through PayPal.
As the name suggests DollarStretcher helps families and individuals learn how to stretch their dollar and live on a budget. They will pay $0.10 per word for the right article to meet their needs.
The Top Niches of 2019 Are Just a Click Away
These are just some of the top niches of 2018 where you can begin making a profit writing as a freelancer.
Being a freelance writer can be an incredibly fulfilling job, especially if you enjoy what you do. Yet it means more than just writing, so it can often be overly demanding too.
You will be expected to also take on a little bit of everything, from being your own agent and developing a marketing strategy, to knowing your accounting basics and keeping up to speed with new software. But above all, you will be asked to manage your clients’ expectations on a daily basis. Here are some qualities clients always look for in freelance writers.What are the qualities clients look for in freelance writers? #freelancing #freelancewriting Click To Tweet
When you’re a freelance writer, you need to make the leap from starving artist to gainfully employed. There are countless ways to build your freelance writing income so that you can not only pay your bills but thrive. This is something I’m quite familiar with, as I’ve built up my own internet marketing from scratch and now have a flourishing business today. This is quite similar to the path of a freelance writer in that it will be tough in the beginning, but if you are willing to put in the time, work and effort — you can end up with something pretty amazing a few months or years down the road.
With more than a billion active sites on the internet today, there are opportunities available but you also need to become savvier. Every website and blogs need to have new content, and if they aren’t creating it themselves, they are using freelance writers or premium content platforms to get the job done. This also means that there are millions of dollars being spent and paid out to those who can provide quality writing services.
To this end, read on so that you can become a better freelance writer, and allow your earnings to reflect that.
Set Up Your Own Blog to Display Your Work
Having your own blog is great for a few different reasons. For one, it’s a great way for you to get better at writing by penning entries a few times per week. This keeps your skills sharp so that you can keep providing for your customers.
It will also act as a portfolio so that you’re able to show the public what you’re capable of. Since they’re able to stop by your blog and check out your posts, it acts as a calling card for your brand.
Today, people are building blogs that pay, and this gives even more leverage to sell products, ad space or guest posts.
Of course, owning a blog is also great for search engine optimization, making your brand more recognizable and easy to find. This opens you up to more freelance writing income and helps you find gigs that pay well.
Write Gigs That Pay Residuals
Your first thought might be to get paid by the hour or per project. However, with Amazon and other outlets, you can write ebooks that sell like hotcakes and pay you every month. The same is true for other freelance writing platforms like iWriter, TextBroker and FreelanceMyWay. While each of these is great to picking up new writing jobs, it’s also important for freelance writers to communicate with whoever might be buying content writing from them as well. This back and forth engagement can dramatically increase the likelihood of more articles to be ordered, while also building a long-term relationship as well.
It’s not just about engagement, it’s also about making sure your client is happy and that they are getting their money worth. Whether you’re writing about topics that you are passionate about or ghostwriting content for other people, you’ll be in a great position to expand your income by leaps and bounds.
Charge What You’re Worth
You’re already a great writer, now it’s time to start thinking like a businessperson.
Many writers undercut themselves and end up robbing themselves of valuable income. Instead of setting your rates to get quick gigs that pay the bills, have the patience to only work with clients that pay you what you are worth.
Check the going rate for freelance writing gigs so that you can set your rates and build a nice client base. This way, you won’t have to do as much work to get the same rate.
Also, be sure to start with a higher premium rate so that you can also go lower if the client would like a discount with any bulk orders. This is something I always look for when working with a premium writer that continually produces great content.
Continuously Hone Your Craft and Build Your Credentials
No matter what, you have to keep getting better at your craft. This way, you’re better able to bring in new clients and keep those that you have.
This can be as simple as creating a website or blog to show off your best work, history within the industry, and also any certification or rewards that you might have received. Testimonials from previous paying clients can also go a long way as well.
Travel to networking seminars and do all that you can to build your credentials, and the work will begin taking care of itself.
Build Your Visibility To Improve Your Freelance Writing Income
Finally, do all you can to build your brand and connect with the public. People need to be able to find you whenever they’re looking for a credible writer. At the same time, it’s a huge benefit for your pricing and value to clients if you have a good understanding of how SEO and social media works.
Being able to throw in some extra SEO research, on-site and off-site SEO tips, and social media shares within your content writing services is also a great bonus. You can learn more about this by reading through this link building and social media strategy guide. As you can imagine, with so much competition in the world of content writing and freelance services, if you can offer any type of bonus material or promotion in reference to SEO, social media, and improved branding for your clients, that could really seal the deal when being compared with other freelancers bidding on the same work.
While all of this is happening, you can also build your band through photos and videos and learning more about marketing. Build your presence on social media as well so that you are always connecting with customers.
Always Strive to Get Better While Increasing Earnings Monthly
When you run a business on the internet, there are many way to further optimize and scale your business. The same holds true for anyone looking to make money with freelance writing services. Following these tips helps you build your freelance writing income by leaps and bounds. You are now on a neverending journey of learning and becoming the best professional you can be.
To get the most out of your career, keep learning the tips that will help you out. Be sure to check out my other articles on Freelance Writing Gigs to learn more about how to make more money as a freelancer, while also branding yourself as a premium writer and expert in the process.
You love your day job, but you sometimes wish that it paid more.
You’re in the process of saving up a little extra cash to go on a dream vacation, plan your wedding, or even finally make it out of debt.
So, what’s the perfect side gig?
Taking on high paying freelance writing jobs is a great opportunity for anyone willing to put in the time, work and effort. But how do you make it happen, and how can you improve your writing skills when it comes to commercial writing.
In this post, we’ll tell you all about how to find writing jobs that aren’t only fun, but lucrative.
Read on to learn how to find out about opportunities before anyone else does, and how to establish your own web presence as a writer for hire.
We’ll even tell you how to write the perfect pitch, which often comes down to finding the right idea and purpose for your content, coming up with a reporting plan to document it all, and also knowing how much time to spend on the project.
Once you have a better understanding of how to focus your time and effort, and also where to look for new writing jobs, you may soon find that the world of freelance writing is a lot more lucrative than you originally thought.
1. Follow Social Media Writing Groups
If you’re looking for freelance writing jobs, social media is one of the best places to begin.
Make a list of magazines, blogs, online journals, and even businesses that you love. Also, do a search on social media for accounts related to the writing lifestyle, freelancing, and even commercial writing.
You might be surprised by just how many people post about high paying writing jobs — before these opportunities hit the rest of the market.
At the same time, also don’t discount the power of knowing how different websites, brands, and companies are putting their content to work for them on social media. Take a look at any effective social media strategy, and you will find that it starts with content. Once you start to notice what brands are continually pushing out new content, you may want to approach them directly to see if they are looking for new writers to add to their outsource team.
The great thing about working with big brands that need a lot of content is that they are likely to keep ordering more written work from you for the next several weeks, months, and even years to come.
2. Create a Writing Website
Especially if you’re ready to get into freelance writing for beginners, you’ll need to work to establish your web presence.
Companies are always looking for bloggers — and you want to make sure you show up in their search results. You also want to establish yourself as an experienced professional in the commercial writing world.
Start by including clips to your past published pieces — beginning with the most recently published first. Include your CV with information about your education, any scholarships or fellowships you’ve received, and other accomplishments within the writing world.
Don’t forget to set up a blog on your website dedicated to showing off your writing.
You can also see an example below of how an author bio with a real photo and detailed description can bring your content to life, while also putting a real face and person behind the writing.
Make sure that you include a brief author bio and headshot on your website so that people can get to know the person behind the words you’re writing. For tips on what to include in (and what to leave out of!) your author bio, check out this post. You can see a preview of each of their ten recommended tips below for improving your reach, authority, and success as an online freelance writing or author.
- You will need up to three versions of your bio.
- Go ahead — brag!
- Leave your demographics for the end and keep it brief.
- When listing book publications, should you have any, italicize the title and do not put in quotation marks.
- Refer to yourself in the third person.
- The credibility an award gives a book can change the life of it!
- BS? BA? BIS? MBA? Ph.D.?
- Your bio will change dramatically as your career advances.
- If you can, have a professional (or at least a really good) photographer take a quality author photo of you.
- Browse the Internet and look in the books on your bookshelves for ideas.
Also, include links to your social media profiles — in short, give companies that want to hire you to write for them as many ways to contact you as possible.
3. Check out Writing Job Boards
Knowing where to find writing jobs online is the bread and butter of a successful freelance career or even side hustle.
When you’re just starting out, companies aren’t exactly going to be approaching you with writing opportunities (but hopefully they will in the future!) Luckily for you, there are several well-known and reputable writing job boards that you can scroll through.
In addition to the awesome job board on Freelance Writing Gigs, you will also come across other great ones at ProBlogger Job Board, Dice, MediaBistro and Craigslist.
This makes it much easier for you to find the types of writing gigs that are the best fit for your skill set. Many of these job boards also have an email list. Make sure that you sign up for it so that you’ll get alerts the moment a potential job posting goes up.
Writing job boards will break down the opportunities by category, so it’s easy to find what you’re interested in.
For example, you can choose from copywriting jobs, editing jobs, blogging jobs, and even broader content writing gigs.
While some of these opportunities will be a “one and done” situation? In other cases, you’ll be able to build lasting relationships with these clients. That’s an awesome way to build up your client book for the future!
4. When in Doubt, Just Pitch
So, you’ve followed all of the above tips on how to find writing jobs — but you’re just not getting any results.
In addition to feeling the pain of rejection, you’re also concerned that all of your writing efforts might be in vain. However, just like any profession or opportunity in the world today, it all comes down to those who are willing to put in more work and stand above the crowd.
A perfect example of how to best accomplish this can be seen in finance writing articles. Let’s specifically take a look at the loans with bad credit article and how it breaks down different data points throughout the article.
With the title being “Loans for Bad Credit”, it’s important to actually provide the end user with value, and not just a lot of written text in large paragraphs. We can see this article is actually very well written and laid out nicely as it has bold headlines (the red arrows) through the content, while also further breaking down each point into sub-paragraphs and will bullet points (the green arrows).
This is not brain surgery here, but it makes the world of a difference to the end user, the site owner, and the freelance writer. Way too many freelance writers just want to create 500 or 1000 word articles and move onto the next job. This is great for them, but not so much for the end user and brand publishing the content.
To see more examples like these, be sure to read through some of the top personal websites you want to write for, and see if their content is laid out in this same way. This will allow you to get to know their overall writing style better, and understand the kinds of topics they’re interested in publishing. And again, put in the time to not only write the best content possible but to also provide the right outreach and opportunity for each site as well.
Send out a cold pitch email to a bunch of sites, but make sure they are somewhat personalized and offer real value. Explain the article you’d like to write for them, and discuss why you’re qualified to write it. Include a potential length, as well as the date you’ll provide the first draft for them to edit.
Make sure you include your contact information and a short “author bio” so they can get to know your work.
Above all, don’t forget to include the amount that you’re looking to be paid for this gig. If you don’t bring up payment in your first pitch email, many blogs will try to get you to work for free.
Aim higher than you’re OK with making. This will give the company a bit of room for negotiating with you.
How to Find Writing Jobs: Wrapping Up
We hope this post has helped you to understand how to find writing jobs that connect with your interests, skill set, and your creative side.
As long as you’re willing to stay persistent and to follow up with leads, you’ll be able to build a nice client book in no time.
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