4 Ways to Get
Freelance Writing Jobs
©Cheryl Wright– All rights reserved
When the economy is in a downturn, contract
workers (or freelancers, if you prefer) usually freak out about where they’ll get their next pay
The truth is that since the ‘global recession’ began, my writing income has nearly
As a freelancer, you’re not
compelled to stick to just one form of writing; you can do copywriting, magazine writing, content writing and
Because I want you to increase your writing income, I’ve listed four different ways for you to
get writing jobs.
1. Register on
This is not my first choice, but it’s usually a good way to get some quick income – provided
you’re prepared to lower your prices a little.
Job boards are
notorious for having clients that want writers to work for peanuts. If you can, stick it out and stand by your regular prices. I’ve had several copywriting jobs via Guru.com but I’m yet to lower my prices (and I
won’t do it!). While I was a ‘free’ member, I secured no work
whatsoever, but once I became a premium member, I got heaps of work. (This must be a budgetary decision – don’t go the premium route unless you feel it’s for you,
and your budget can withstand the $130 plus cost each year.)
In fact, my best client
was found via Guru. Or I should say he found me via Guru. We did
one job only through Guru, and the remaining jobs I’ve done for him (more than six) have been done away from
You can find a wide range of work via Guru and similar sites, such as copywriting,
magazine work, SEO and content articles, editing, ebook writing, and more.
I use job sites as a back-up when work is quiet – I don’t use them as my every day source
for finding clients.
Forums can be a great way to find clients, but you need to be mindful of the time you
spend ‘hanging out’ on them.
I have spent a lot of time on one particular forum ( www.warriorforum.com
) and after several months, was able to build a good
reputation there. I’ve
secured quite a bit of copywriting work because of that forum; work I would never had secured
But don’t go on forums
and blatantly advertise your services. It could get you banned
Instead help people out
where possible, give advice, give suggestions from your own experience. This will give your reputation a boost and when someone needs work that you’re qualified
to do, you may just be their first choice.
If you’ve been involved with offline networking groups, you may have heard this term
They are usually called
‘strategic alliances’ and work very simply: you refer your own
clients to other professionals who can help your clients in ways you can’t.
Here’s one way this has
worked for me. I have an offline client who needed letters of
introductory written. (These are simply letters introducing the
client’s business to businesses they’ve not previously worked with.) As part of the work I was doing, I suggested the client include a brochure or flyer that
featured his best products when he sent out the letters I wrote for him.
To do that he needed
his products photographed. He wanted to use a portrait
photographer to get the job done. I suggested someone I knew who
specifically worked in the area of product marketing; this is a specialised area and not something a portrait
photographer would know how to properly handle.
So... I suggested this
photographer, and he secured the job. In turn, he refers his
clients to me for their writing needs. Win/Win. He gets extra work, I get extra work. And both our clients don’t have to work with
Your Freelancing Website
Have you set up a
website for your freelance work? I certainly hope
Just like any other
online business, you need to advertise your work. If you do your research, clients will find you instead of you
having to chase work up. Keyword research is imperative to any
writer who wants to spend their time writing instead of chasing clients.
I have around 300
unique visitors go to my business website every month. Those 300 visitors don’t all turn
into paying clients of course, but a percentage of them do. I don’t
advertise, and haven’t done for well over a year. I spent a lot of time on keyword research when I set up my
website because I knew having the right keywords attached to my website would mean clients would find me instead
of the other way around.
In addition to these
suggestions, writers need to be super organised. The more work you
can fit into your busy day, the more income can potentially earn. Ensure your skills are up to date by taking classes or reading up on a form of writing
you’ve not done before.
Expanding your writing horizons is a great way to earn more income!
Wright is an award-winning Australian author and freelance journalist. In addition to an array of other
projects, she is the owner of the Writer2Writer.com website and the Writer to Writer monthly ezine for writers.
Her publications include novels, non-fiction books, short stories, and articles. To keep up to date with her
publications and new releases, visit Cheryl’s website www.cheryl-wright.com