Looking for freelance writing gigs? Pick up the phone. Seriously.
Call large companies. Call advertising and Web development companies. Call anyone and everyone who MIGHT just hire you to write whatever it is that you write. The more calls you make, the better — it’s all about the numbers.
Here’s a simple script:
Hi, my name is Fred Jones, I’m a freelance writer in _________ (wherever you live). I’m calling to see whether you need a writer to handle ___________ (blogging, marketing communications, Web content, etc — whatever it is you write.)
Make a list of phone numbers, and read your script.
It’s just a chat… but it gets results.
Cold calling to get freelance writing gigs (yes, that’s what you’re doing) freaks out many writers. They just won’t do it.
Consider this. What’s the worst that can happen?
I’ll tell you. Someone will say NO. Big deal. Expect them to say no. However, you should also know this: you will get someone who says YES — eventually, depending on how many calls you make. Make 100 calls, you may get a couple of jobs. If you don’t, make 100 more. Cold Call Madness made 461 calls and launched her successful writing business.
461 calls isn’t a lot. Think about it. If you could be guaranteed to make $100,000 a year, and all it takes is 461 phone calls, what the heck are you doing futzing around wishing someone would call you and ask you to write for them?
Yes, social media works, but you have no control, sadly.
I’m a huge fan of social media, BUT… It’s not fast, and you can futz around for months without so much as a nibble. You need supporting materials to turn social media into a gig-getting machine. (And even once you’ve done it, you can’t guarantee regular gigs from it if you’re just starting out, and don’t have a lot of followers.)
As Diana Schneidman says on this blog post, Freelancing and consulting: 5 reasons to postpone intensive social networking:
“If you have no connections on the big three or you are not already commenting on at least one LinkedIn group, it will take weeks to build up connections to receive your messages. Furthermore, if you will establish yourself as an expert worthy to be hired, you must demonstrate your expertise with content. It takes time to prepare content and push it out there. In summary, there’s a lot of work ahead of you.”
If you’re desperate for freelance writing gigs, the last thing you want to do is write huge amounts of content to establish your expertise. When the wolf’s at the door, you just don’t have the time.
If you want writing jobs, pick up the phone.
The easiest writing jobs to get: copywriting gigs
Businesses need copywriters. If you can sell with words, you’ll never have to hunt for writing jobs. You can set up your own copywriting services business fast. Copywriting has been the foundation of my own writing business for over 30 years. Start your own copywriting business today.
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