I was fascinated to see this week that Pinterest has removed the limit on the number of “secret” boards you can create. The limit started at three, went to six, and now it’s unlimited. You can create as many secret boards as you like – you have a 350-board upper limit on the number of boards you can create in total. That’s enough to satisfy even the most enthusiastic pinner.
Important: if you’re invited to clients’ boards, so that you can contribute to them or manage them, these invitations don’t count to your 350 board limit.
This is great news for freelance writers.
Freelance writing jobs: how to offer Pinterest services to your clients
I’ve discussed using Pinterest to build your platform here.
Pinterest can help you to land freelance gigs, and can even help you to get a book deal:
Within a week or two I received an unsolicited email asking if I’d like to submit a book proposal to GHF Press, the organization’s upstart publishing arm, about working homeschool parents.
Create your Pinterest account, if you haven’t already done so, then create a “writing services I offer” board. Add some pins, linking to the appropriate pages on your website or blog. Be sure to add a “Pinterest services” pin.
Promote your writing services board as you do everything else. You can add the board to your website with a widget.
Contact past and current clients, giving them a little information about Pinterest, and telling them that you offer Pinterest services.
If your clients serve industries in the fashion, health and fitness, and travel areas, Pinterest is pretty much a no-brainer.
Your B2B clients may find Pinterest a bit of a stretch, but try them anyway. Many marketing and advertising companies are using Pinterest.
Several of my students offer Pinterest marketing services to businesses; they manage their clients’ accounts, charging from $150 to $250 per hour. Tip: you won’t share your hourly rate with your clients. That’s meaningless. You market yourself as a Pinterest pro, and charge a monthly fee. If you’re spending an hour a week on a client’s account, you can charge $1,050 per month for basic account management and reporting.
If you haven’t considered using Pinterest to get writing jobs, get creative – top paying gigs are waiting for you.
You can find Angela on Pinterest, too.