This is the one question that I get almost daily from a lot of people around me. There are many good writers around but they just don’t know how to put their services in the right order to actually earn from it.
First and most importantly, you have to stay focused. If this is something you are trying to do just so you can cross it off your bucket list then just spare yourself the trouble and not do it
Here are some of my little tips to get clients when you are absolutely new to freelancing –
- Build your blog and show off your writing skills
If you are a writer and you still don’t have a blog then I suggest making one right now and then come back to read the rest of the article. Your blog is your portfolio and for your clients to know the other side of you.
I cannot even tell you how many assignments I got just because my clients liked my blog Indian Screw Up. Yes, every client has a different requirement and the kind of writing they might need could be completely different from what you write on your blog but what matters is them knowing that you are actually good at writing.
Also, it helps in proving your legitimacy.
- Invest your time – Do free work
So you are new and you do not have any samples with you? Instead of taking time and writing one yourself, why not find a client who needs work done and do it for free?
This will not only help you get your work analysed from the client’s side but it will help you build a good and healthy relationship with the client.
Do it because you love it, not for the money.
- Market yourself on Twitter and Linkedin
I cannot even begin to tell you how important this step is. Build a great profile on Linkedin and connect with the right people. Make sure you have enlisted in your bio on Twitter that you are a writer and you use the right hashtags.
You can also use these to check for any openening. Many websites tweet out the requirements on their Twitter page.
- Network and find clients locally
This was something that came as a surprise to me. Yes, the internet is a big medium and you can find anything on there but sometimes its also good to just talk to people directly and market your services face to face.
When I told some of my friends that I was quitting my job to become a full time writer, they connected me to people who had urgent requirements for a writer.
Network, talk to people and let them know how much you love writing. You don’t know when an opportunity might knock you door.
- Find websites that might need writers and send out emails
There are many websites out there that constantly push out content and need daily writers. Scan through each one of them and make a list of all those websites that you would be a perfect match for. And then send them a personalized proposal about it.
This might be shooting in the dark but it’s still better than sitting in front of your laptop and doing nothing. You might even face a lot of rejections but always remember why you are doing this and how much you love writing.
Have any doubts about freelance writing ? Let me know 🙂