In honor of 2013, let’s look at 13 ways to get writing jobs in 2013.
1. Go local. The best writing jobs (in the sense of the easiest to get, and most profitable) are usually the ones closest to home.
2. Focus on building your platform. Yes, I know, this sounds completely counter-intuitive. But think about it for a moment. If you build your name and readership, more people get a chance to learn who you are. This is a good thing.
3. Content creation was big in 2012, it will get bigger in 2013. There are many companies in this area: they’re providing content to clients. Get onto the books of one of these companies. If you have the credits (yes, you need credits to get hired by a large company), you can get a full-time gig. Generally speaking, you’ll make more money as a freelancer, BUT the experience you gain will be invaluable.
4. Become active on social media. (See #12.) However, make sure you have a PLAN when you do, otherwise you’ll waste too much time.
5. Talk to people. Yes, I mean pick up the phone. Whenever I ask freelancers how they promote their services, the response is usually silence. Talk to anyone and everyone. You’re not asking anyone to hire you. You’re just making contact.
6. Find a favorite forum. Promote your website URL in your signature. Yes, you can join writers’ forums if you wish. Join any forum you like. Just become a little more visible than you are at the moment.
7. And speaking of website URLs. Tinker with your website. Your website is a writing sample. Use it to get gigs — write on the topics for which you want to get hired to write (if that makes sense. :-))
8. Build an email list of clients and prospects. I use aweber to create lists. You need a way to stay in touch with people.
9. Guest blog.
10. Start writing, and keep writing, Kindle ebooks. If you’ve written enough ebooks (they can be short) Amazon will promote you. It’s a way of getting your skills in front of a wider audience.
11. ASK. ASK. Ask… Be a nag. If you’re not booked solid, with all the opportunities around today, you’re not asking.
12. Join Google+ communities.
13. Advertise. You can advertise your services anywhere you like. Do it for free on Craigslist. Pay for advertising anywhere you like. Here’s a tip: advertise in your chosen venue for THREE MONTHS. People need a chance to see your ad over and over again. A one-time shot is a waste of time and money.