6 Ways to Find Good Freelance Writing Jobs

jobsFinding freelance writing jobs that pay a decent rate can seem impossible, but it’s not.

It’s a matter of looking in the right places consistently, learning to avoid the jobs that pay pennies instead of dollars and refusing to fall for scams that you know are too good to be true.

Here are 6 ways to find good freelance writing jobs:

Tell your friends and family you’re looking for freelance writing work. Okay, your grandmother may not know anyone who is looking for a writer, but she might. Seriously, and even if she doesn’t, talking with her about it is good practice. The same is true for the rest of your family

Your friends may think you’re a bit strange. So what? Most will be supportive and you never know who knows someone who needs a writer. Yes, you’re not looking for a friend or family member who needs a writer, but someone they know who may.

Contact any company you’ve ever worked for. It really doen’t matter if you waited tables at the local breakfast place or drove trucks temporarily, or even as a career. Letting the owners, bosses, managers etc. of all the comanies and people you’ve ever worked for may surface a writing gig. Don’t forget former co-workers either.

You don’t have to tell them much unless they ask, but letting them know you’re now a writer and asking them who they know who might hire you can work.

Find job boards that help you find the better gigs. There are job boards out there that are worth spending some time on and lists that let you know which ones they are. I have just updated my job finding list over at AboutFreelanceWriting.

Send cold emails to selected companies and/or organizations. Find a list of an industry or two that appeals to you… finance, medicine, ergonomics, environment, etc. Google is a great way to do this. Send 10 or 20 weekly saying something like “I’m a freelance writer specializing in XXXX. I’d like to offer my services – I’ll give you a call next week. Thanks.”

Freelance writer David Rodeck is relatively new to the writing game and has boosted his income nicely doing this and cold calling. He’s written an instructive article called Cold Calling for Writing Clients over at Get Paid To Write Online. (Full disclosure, David is a coaching client of mine.)

Make cold call to selected companies and/or organizations. Generate a list from google or even your local yellow pages of organizations and companies you’d like to write for. Give them a call. I detail how to write a cold calling script here. Remember, you’re not calling homes at dinner time, but businesses, all of which need writers and many of them that actually hire freelancers.

Knock on business doors, literally. It’s amazing what can happen if you literally knock on the doors of businesses – in an office building, in a light industrial center (I love wandering around in these finding out what people do – good way to generate articles too) or even in and out of retail stores. Say something like “Hi, I’m a freelance writer looking for a good story or for people who need help writing.” Drop off your business card and if you get a moment to talk with an owner or manager you may land a gig.

Write well and often,

Anne Wayman

 

 

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4 Reasons Why You Probably Should Write A Book

yes, write a bookYesterday at AboutFreelanceWriting I wrote about 4 reasons you probably shouldn’t write a book. As always, at least with writing, there’s another side to the story.

Here are four reasons you really might want to write a book afterall.

You have a story you really want to tell

One of my favorite ghostwriting gigs was for a man who wanted to tell his sons how he grew up and how he came to make his fortune. We wrote the book mostly for an audience of two.

If you and/or your family has had a wow of an experience that can make a good book. Memoirs and other stories can make great books for either just your family or for the world. Or it might be the story of how you or a loved one overcame illness or some other setback.

While I’m quite sure not everyone has a story that’s worthy of a book, you very well may have one – and you may want to tell it in book form.

You have a new way of doing things you want to share

Have you invented something like my friend Chris Scott has? He has a way that could make a real contribution to saving forests and helping people get homes? Or maybe you’ve worked out a new approach to managing the work place like David Corbin has? All sorts of ideas have been turned into good books – maybe yours can too.

You’re passionate about your business and you know a book will help

You’re a life coach, or a chiropractor, or you raise goats, or you… well the list is endless. Whatever your business is, you’ve got a real passion for it and a book will help you build credibility. It also might amuse, or instruct or otherwise be valuable to your customers and clients. All good reasons to write a book.

You’re willing to make the time to get the book written

free content for writersYou know that writing a book will take a serious time commitment even if you hire someone else to write it. You’ve decided your committed and have a rough idea of how you’ll create the time to get it done and you’re willing to do just that. If this is true, it indeed may be time for you to get your book written.

There are, of course, other good reasons to write a book.

And you don’t have to do it alone. I’ve created Getting Your Book Written with Vision & Spirit to help folks actually get their book written with out giving up the rest of their lives. You can find out all about the class here.

Are you thinking about writing a book?

Write well and often,

Anne Wayman

 

 

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