May be you just made up your mind to kick-off an online freelance writing career, but the first question you should ask yourself is “where do I find freelance writing jobs online”. No matter how good you are in writing great content, you won’t earn a dime if you don’t know where to find the right clients who are willing to pay handsomely for your work.
Most of the times, you need to be cautious of fake employers who are just online to scam the hell out of you. There are many ways you can spot a fake client, some of which we would discuss here in the nearest future. In recent years, fraudulent employers have been on the increase. They have infiltrated even the freelance websites with their fraudulent activities. So, you need to be extremely cautious in finding clients, as you need to be prudent in your research, and select only the right job from the right people.
Well, below are several ways you can find online writing jobs, some of which are free while others are paid. However, all of them can help you land a good writing job.
• Freelance websites/marketplace – This is actually my favorite, as it requires no stinky requirements. All you need to do is sign up on one of these freelance websites out there, create your profile, set-up your services, and then begin selling. As simple as that! Some of these websites include Freelancer.com, Upwork.com, Fiverr.com, Guru.com, ifreelance.com, and so on. These websites serve as a marketplace; they connect ready-made clients to freelancers like you. You don’t need to do any promotion, as these websites are already stuffed with targeted clients that are ready to buy from you as long as you are offering an awesome service.
• Job listing sites – Many people underestimate the powers of the so-called job listing sites. A popular one you can use to find high paying and genuine clients is Craiglist.com. It is one of the best places to find high paying writing jobs for free, without any percentage share. Yes! I forgot to tell you that the above freelance websites do take a share (about 20% or so) out of your revenue for every sale you make. However, on job listing sites like Craiglist, you get to meet the client without any third party, and all payments are made to you directly. You can visit such websites, browse through their jobs categories, find writing jobs that entice you, and then contact the client. Simple!
• Social media sites – Yes! The Facebook and Twitter you use every day can actually help land you an awesome online writing job. This is especially more possible if you have strong relationship with your social media contacts. You can use your wall to let them know of your writing prowesses, and how you intend to sell them off for some money. It works! It may surprise you that the high paying client you have been looking for is right there in your contact. Other sites such as LinkedIn, can also hook you up with people willing to pay for your writing skills. However, the reliability of using social media in landing clients is questionable. So, you can use it as an additional source of clients only.
• Email marketing – This is one of the most effective ways of getting clients. However, it might need some resources, especially if you are just starting out. You can check online for good email marketing sites where you can create a good professional email to send to prospective clients, where you seek for a writing job. You might be amazed how this method works. Out of hundred emails you send, up to 15 people can get back to you requesting for your writing services. That’s a lifetime clients with just a single click. If you are relatively old into the system, then you must have email addresses of your past clients. Try to compile these emails, and send them a promotional mail once in a while. You should not focus only on getting the job while writing your mails, try to ask of your client’s well-being, how his/her business is doing, and so on. Just be a little bit emotional. If you do these correctly, then you are bound to get returning clients on and on, and you might even reach a stage that you won’t need any more client.
• Create your personal website/blog – I feel this is very important for every freelance writer wishing to build a successful career. Creating a blog or website doesn’t only get you target clients, but also serve as a hub to showcase the level of expertise you have. You can use your blog to share your writing skills, solicit for writing jobs, and make it your virtual office. Like this, potential clients know where to find you. They see you as a published writer, and won’t hesitate to offer you a writing job.
Well, those are just some of the ways you can find writing jobs online. I feel all of them can get you a cool job, one way or the other. It all depends on you. While some freelancers are novice, others are professionals, some see freelance writing as a second/additional source of income, others see it as a full-time job. It just depends on how you take freelancing and which method of finding writing jobs bests suits you. But the fact is that, freelance market is full of writing job opportunities, it’s left for you to uncover them.
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