When you’re just starting out looking for freelance writing jobs, it can be hard to know where to look. I mean, all these other writers seem to have more work than they can handle, right? So where do you start looking for freelance writing jobs?
1. Freelance Writing Job Boards
You probably already know about these, but it bears mentioning because it’s still the fastest way to find clients. They are actively searching freelance writing job boards looking for writers, so why not go to them. You will find some very low-paying jobs that may not be worth it, but you will also find some lucrative jobs there. It’s still my number one way to source new work! So, which freelance writing job boards should you use?
Here are a few places I trust to find legitimate freelance writing jobs:
2. Cold Pitching
Ick. I know. Cold pitching reminds us of cold calling sales which makes us break out in hives. But truly, typing up a letter and sending it out to mass numbers of blogs or website owners in your niche is one of the best ways to bring in the big bucks. You can find freelance writing jobs by using Limeleads, Facebook groups, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Google. Find sites in your niche and let them know what you can do for them. I’ve had the most success when I sent out letters with my basic rates. Try it! You might be surprised!
Yes, this still works and there are lots of ways to do it. Find Facebook groups with people in your niche. Network with other freelancers by signing up on their websites and commenting on their blogs. Use your other favorite social media site to connect with other influencers and people in your writing niche.
A great example of networking to get jobs is when I sent an email to a theme developer, praising their product. Because I have “freelance writer” and a link to my portfolio in my signature line, they offered me a job writing email copy.
Tell everyone what you do. You never know who might be searching!
4. Niche Down
Yep, you’ve probably heard this one at least 100 times. But if you want to charge a premium rate for your services, you are going to have to choose a niche. You can get jobs without a niche. I’ve actually done it a lot because I’ve changed my specialties, but the big bucks really do come from being the go-to guru in your field.
Niching down will help you network, cold pitch and find jobs much more easily.
5. Tweak Your Profiles
Once you’ve chosen your niche, be sure to customize your profiles to reflect it. Change your social media and website taglines and start adding others in that niche to your friend lists.
6. Your Website
Your writer website should identify your specialty as well as showcase your best work. It’s also terrific to have a blog targeted to your writing niche, but your portfolio and some well-placed guest posts will suffice until you feel you are up to the blogging challenge.
7. Guest Posting
Which brings us to the last best way to get writing gigs. Guest posting in your niche will make you stand out among your peers as an expert. Do some research and find out where your ideal client hangs out and interacts. For example, if your niche is personal finance, here are some popular personal finance blogs to try guest posting on:
Pinterest is a great platform to find out which blogs are popular in your niche. Just do a search for boards, people or pins in the niche you are specializing in and you will quickly find out which blogs receive the most repins. Or simply do a Google search for [your niche] blogs and see what comes up. There are blogs about just about everything!
Wrapping it Up
There you have it…7 of the very best ways to land your first, tenth or hundredth freelance writing gig. They’re not the only ways to find freelance writing jobs, but they’re the ones that have worked best for me and other writers I know. The most important thing is to set goals, keep pitching, and let everyone know you’re a writer for hire.
This is a guest post from Cheri Read, a single mom, entrepreneur and freelance writer for hire. You can find out more about her or her services over at cheriread.com.