Every week I receive emails from those in desperate need of more work from home and quickly. So many of you have the skills necessary to get a few freelance writing jobs, you may just need a little push out of your comfort zone or a little reminder of some of the honey holes that exist.
I reached out to several of my successful colleagues in this industry for a few tips and words of wisdom. You can take these five ladies’ advice to the bank when it comes to getting freelance writing jobs online.
My top tip for someone in desperate need of landing more freelance writing projects is to dig deep and identify exactly what kind of freelance work you most want to do, who your ideal client is and where you can find them, and then go to those places. Gaining new freelance clients is so much about building relationships and trust between you and the client! Also, by providing little thoughtful “extras” with your work — everything from submitting your project ahead of the deadline or adding a title to the piece even if that wasn’t requested — your client will grow to appreciate you and your work that much more so you will increase the chance of getting repeat work with them.
We get into great detail on this subject in my 7-week e-course, Set Yourself Up For Freelancing Success, but you can get a sneak peek of it (plus additional helpful tips for freelancers!) in the free version at SaganMorrow.com/set-yourself-up-for-freelancing-success.
Don’t Get Desperate, Get Excited
Erin Lindstrom, Your Hot Copy
Let’s be real, there’s nothing sexy about desperation. Desperation sends “I need you vibes” into the big U. My top tip, is a big ole mindset shift.
Reframe: You’re SO READY/EXCITED/PUMPED/INSPIRED to help people using your gift. You’re a strong writer and you’re here to help other’s express themselves. Once you believe that, it’s just logistics. Find the people who need your support. Reach out from a place of service. Continue to develop your skills as a writer. Learn how to close a sale. Make sure you’re not wasting money while trying to build your biz. Millions of people (seriously, millions) need help expressing themselves in written word. Believe that you can then go get ’em, tiger.
Have You Tried Everything? Really?
When someone tells me they’re desperate for freelance work, my first question is usually, “Have you connected on LinkedIn with every past editor and writer who knows you, and let them know you’d appreciate their referrals?”
This is one of the easiest ways to get new business quickly, but often the answer is ‘No, I haven’t!’
Marketing will never get any easier than asking people who already know and like you to keep an ear out for you. Often, editors will say, “I have something.”
But the bigger question is, “Why are you desperate?”
Do regular, proactive marketing to quality clients, and you won’t be. Cut your expenses, if you can, while you build your business. Being a desperate freelancer is a ticket to starving, because you keep feeling compelled to take low-paying gigs. Successful freelancers approach clients from a position of power — from being fully booked, from upsetting existing clients better projects, proactively asking for raises, and with lots of prospective client nibbles to choose from.
Natalie Bacon, The Finance Girl
My advice to someone who is desperate to land more freelance gigs is twofold. First, master the art of pitching by making your emails professional and including the right information (see my post for a template). Second, set a goal to apply for a certain amount of gigs every day. It’s not enough to pitch once a week because you will get rejected a lot (everyone does, including the pros). Keep pitching as much as possible. Do it every day.
Don’t Be Desperate
Gina Horkey, Horkey Handbook
Don’t be desperate.
Sorry if that sounds harsh, but freelance writing (or any other sustainable business) isn’t built overnight. It takes constant planting, tending, watering, etc. before you can harvest.
Here’s the thing, when you’re desperate, you don’t make the best long-term decisions. You focus on immediate results, not what’s best for your business six months or a year from now. For example, you might ignore red flags and take on difficult clients, or negotiate against yourself to land the gig and resent the low pay later on. And the negative spiral doesn’t end there.
Instead, go into building your business with a long-term mindset. Give yourself at least two years to build a sustainable business (you want it to support you for years to come, right?) and figure out your individual success metrics. Then consistently expend the effort to achieve those success metrics week in, week out.
Not sure what this might look like? Check out this post/plan/challenge I put together precisely for this purpose. You got this – why not you, why not now?