Finding 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,