If you’re a new freelance writer, you’re worried about finding writing gigs. You probably spend hours searching for them every day, and more hours applying for them. The best gigs however are never advertised. When you understand this you’ve made a huge step forward in your career.
Here’s a simple process which will help you to find the best (unadvertised) writing gigs for you.
1. The Outsourcing Sites Were Created Just for You
The outsourcing sites tend to have a dubious reputation with beginning writers. They feel that there’s a rush to the bottom on these sites, and that buyers are simply looking for the best quality work at the cheapest rate.
This is true. It’s the way business works.
Once you familiarize yourself with these sites however, you’ll come to appreciate their worth. Use the sites to learn: you’re getting an education, and you’re being paid to learn.
This is because firstly, you’re getting to know what kinds of writing people pay for, and also what those kinds of gigs are worth on these sites.
Once you know this, you’ll be experienced, and you’ll know what your time and money are worth. At that stage, you can advertise your services with confidence.
2. Establish Your Own Network of Personal Contacts
No, I’m not talking about the social networking sites. These sites work best for established writers who already have an audience. They don’t work for beginning writers.
As a beginner, you need to establish your own network, which will include your family, business friends, friends of friends, your clients, and your clients’ contacts.
Your personal network consists of the people who know you personally, either as a friend, or because you have a business relationship.
3. Collect Testimonials: Every Testimonial Counts
Collect testimonials from your clients. In your first year or two, your main aim is to collect testimonials when you complete each writing job. Post the testimonials on your site. Your site will become a powerful sales tool, which will work for you 24×7.
4. Stay in Touch With Your Clients
Befriend your clients. If they hired you once, they will need you again. And in addition, they have contacts who also hire writers.
Explain to your clients that you’re trying to expand your network, and that you appreciate the names of their contacts who may want to hire a writer.
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