I use several different author bios depending on where I am guest posting. For example, for my guest post over on Successful Blogging , I wrote:. Elna Cain is a freelance writer. She works closely with B2C and B2B businesses providing blog writing, ghostwriting and copywriting services. Not quite sure freelance writing is for you? Why not try her totally free course, Get Paid to Write Online! You know, the best thing you can do for your new freelance writing biz is to network with other writers.
When I first started, I reached out to a few freelance writers that I was stalking at the time! While most said go with your gut, I was grateful for their interaction and their patience with my numerous questions. A few months later, I had freelance writers refer work to me! How amazing was that?
Hold up! What gives? Well, to maximize your chances at landing a quality writing gig, you need to work both ends — indirect and direct approaches. While cold pitching is a direct way to land work, warm pitching, on the other hand, is a more indirect and slower way. It all centers around creating relationships with brands and business.
For example, when I find a business in my niche, I follow them and Like their Facebook fan page. That way I can keep an eye on them and engage with their posts when I can. How easy is this? If you have a social media profile — which you should! Also, it lets other freelance writers know that you are available for writing work.
Early on when I first started freelance writing, I was lucky enough to land a writing job from simply saying I was for hire. A prospect messaged me on LinkedIn and told me another writer had referred me to him. I had no clue who this writer was, so I messaged her back and asked how my name came up in their conversation. Presto, landed a gig! Another great way to land consistent work is to contact your local printing and web design companies.
These businesses have a full roster of clients that need web content. For many print journalists and writers, when they decide to go online and freelance, they stick to writing for publications and selling their stories. All Freelance Writing has a library of publications that accept and pay for submissions. Many sites pay for your story too! Generally you have to cold pitch your story idea first and then pitch each additional time for subsequent stories.
There is a lot of potential for writing gigs on Facebook. If you know the groups to join then you should have no problem finding consistent work. But, this approach does take time as you are building relationships with potential leads. For me, I belong to several entrepreneurial Facebook groups and I do my best to join in on the conversation.
I might also throw out a question to see if there are entrepreneurs that need help and are overworked. It never hurts to give it a try and put yourself out there! If you put yourself out there in a Facebook group, you could very well end up with a gig that hour. I know, it can be scary! Using this tactic has generated me thousands of dollars in freelance writing income and when I have a spot open for another client, I always first approach my existing clients to see if they have someone in mind. And since most of my clients are quality clients, I know with confidence they will refer me to another quality client.
By the way, I did end up landing that client and love writing for them. Well, I know for a fact Craigslist can be a well of quality clients. You just have to know what cities to look in. Businesses in big cities often have big budgets. So do a quick search in each of these cities a couple times a week and get pitching! Besides publications and magazines, there are hundreds of blogs that pay for your guest post. Landing a paid guest spot is a bit more challenging then landing a free guest spot.
You can also go on Pinterest or search in Google for blogs that pay for guest posts. Then you do it all over again. Did you know LinkedIn has a job board? I never did until recently. I have no idea why because I do spend a considerable amount of time networking on LinkedIn.
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From here you can decide how you want to approach these businesses — use a warm pitch or a cold pitch. If you have the time to invest in building a relationship and you have clients already, I would use a warm pitch approach. But, if you are itching to land work now, go ahead and add these places to your list to cold pitch.
Guess what? Want to know what it is? Check out this video to see exactly what I mean and subscribe to my YouTube channel when you have a chance! Instead, you want to look for smaller content agencies. Did you know these exist? They do! So by guest posting, pitching, being on social media and in directories, you are everywhere at all times.
This increases your chances of a prospect finding you and hiring you! Jennifer Mattern of All Freelance Writing has a directory of freelance writers for hire. Reddit is another social media site where you can find potential writing gigs and post that you are a writer looking for gigs. I just showed you 20 legit ways to find freelance writing jobs. Not just any jobs, good paying jobs. Hi I'm Elna and I'm a freelance writer and mom blogger. I help people just like you become a profitable freelance writer.
Within 6 months of starting my freelance writing business from scratch I was able to earn a full-time living as a part-time freelance writer while taking care of my twin toddlers. Check out my free email course Get Paid to Write Online and learn the steps you need to take to be a freelance writer. HI Elna, Just finished reading your entire page and this message is — well, to connect — as you advice. Joined freelancer. But I need to earn my full-time living costs by working part time, so that I can write the books and articles I want to on the side.
Can you help me? Thank you for reading this! Check out the resources on this blog for more help with freelance writing jobs! Thank you for this list! I have been only looking at Job boards, and I will take a look at your suggestions. Job boards are a great beginner strategy or freelance writers, but yes, also try other ways to find freelance writing jobs! I for one like to write especially in the creative field also knew well now know a was not for me. So excited to start getting out there and nervous.
Thanks again Elna! Wow, thank you so much. I have been looking for ideas of how to go about freelance writing gigs etc. Your article was super helpful and informative. I love how you write as well. It was easy to understand. I will definitely be going to many of those points as reference. Thank you so much for your kind words! I love writing and helping others become freelance writers!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I am an aspiring romance novelist and am trying to find romance or creative writing related opportunities! Thanks again. Working down this list one by one! Thanks so much for creating this article! You go girl! You can do it. I saw your website and love that you took Writer Website in a Weekend and now have an amazing online presence!
Thank you and others similar for what you do! I am looking forward to finding a freelance job hopefully with a magazine. If you happen to know anyone looking for a writer who is insightful and specialized in supporting women through tough decisions in life keep me in mind. Best of luck moving forward and again, thank you! Elna, you are such a blessing. Your blog is my go-to website whenever I am stuck. You are so good with words. I love your writings, keep up the good work. Hey Elna, I love reading your works! After preparing those first few samples for a portfolio, what steps would you recommend following up with?
Looking forward to reading more of your work, Kathy. Hello Elna! Thank you so much for this resource. I hope to become a writer like you someday. Elna, thanks so much for all this info! Happy to hear you want to start some online writing and get paid for it. My complements on your refreshingly authentic, comprehensive, personable resource. Since retiring I made several inquiries about freelancing without success. If I do proceed, your guide will, no doubt, be indispensable. Greetings, Elna! Thank you!!! Thanks so much for referring my freelance writing blog to your sister!
I hope this helps her find a path into freelancing! Hi Elna Thanks for your tips. I am just starting out in my writing journey. I want to transition into writing from home and your tips on freelance writing are a great place to start. Looking forward to exploring your ideas further. So happy you want to work from home as a freelance writer! It really is the greatest job! Dear Elna, Great post!! So thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, I will look closely at all the advice you give and give this writing thing one more try!!
I got a felling this is it! What kind words you shared! Yes, the most successful people in the world, fail and try again instead of fail and give up! Kudos to you for sticking to this and trying again. You can do online writing and land some great freelance writing jobs! It was written in a very honest and heartfelt way. I truly want to help every person out there that wants to start freelance writing to do it right the first time and avoid all the mistakes I had to endure to get to where I am today!
Thank you so much for visiting my site! Am new in this but i know i will be used to if i get the chance to do this am very passionate thank you. Thanks Elna, I have stumbled upon many other articles about freelancing but yours is so clear and informative, thank you. This article is going to be my starting point. Writing has always been something i have just dipped my toes in mainly because i just had no idea where to begin. I have toyed with the idea of one day just taking the leap of faith and just giving it a go! I have helped many friends and family members over the years with various writing exercises and always got the thumbs up and the encouragement to take it further.
Aside from landing a non paying article writing gig on Freelancer — i was getting a little despondent but you have certainly ignited that fire again and i am so thankful for your helpful hints and honesty. Thanks Elna. In the beginning, it will be tough, but with the right tools you will succeed! Thanks for sharing your 20 ideas for freelance writing! They are awesome and very informative.
Appreciate your conversational style of writing and the easy flow. Request you to connect over LinkedIn! Hi Elna, Great tips here. I thought that I may have lost confidence. Thanks for sharing your expertise. Finding freelance jobs is different for sure! Good luck! Hi Elna! After reading through through the above, I gained an instant courage to start a blog and begin to utilize the various ideas you offered on starting out as a freelance writer.
Hi Elna, It is awesome to stumbled on your comprehensive and informative guide to becoming a freelance writer. For sometime now I have been looking for this information. I will like to know if you have any advice for Africans Nigeria in particular on how to go about it. Are there any specifics or peculiarities? Thank you for sharing. There might be places you can submit your stories!
Elna, you are a blessing! Thank you very much for a complete and informative piece. I recently started thinking of making a career out of writing because a few people have told me to consider this when I write a post or some poetry piece.
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Some of the google search results literarily gave me a headache and then I find this for free! Thank you! Yes, writing for money as a freelance writer is awesome! Glad you found this post and want to be a freelance writer or do some freelance writing on the side! Overwhelmed by all this…and.. THANK you. I tried googling and ran into a lot of links that want to charge me to become one of their writers and got discouraged, until I found this article. It is exciting for sure. Btw, what are your thoughts on self publishing? And any thoughts on nano fiction, poetry, short stories?
Been writing since I was a child and have a LOT to write about, have high approvals on my social media comments, etc. SO, as you can tell, am ready to fasten my seatbelt and go for it! I do know that a lot of freelance writers use freelance writing as a way to make money so they can publish their fiction work! My goodness, what a lot of information! And I mean that in a good way. I am getting back into writing after taking time out from it, and things have changed a lot.
Thanks for the advice. Why thank you! So glad you found some great tactics to help you find a freelance writing job! Thank you so much! A Tiny House magazine published an article that I wrote about my new digs and a friend published my article on salsa dancing in Cuba in his online travel mag, so I can confidently say that opportunism has been my most successful strategy.
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Several months ago I really got going and looked up the pitch process for the Huffington Post. I sent them a few of my articles and waited for them to react just like my mom did. My point is that your direct-delivery go-ahead-and-do-it offerings might be just what I need to jump in. My horoscope did specifically mention an illness or setback being the catalyst for major creative output….
Anyway, thank you for creating this and good luck in all of your future creations! Congrats on being published!
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You seem passionate and motivated to make this work! This is a fantastic post, thank you! I came across your post while Googling randomly about freelance writing. So, have a huge dose of heartfelt thanks for this! Aww thanks so much! That means a lot for sure! If you want, check out my blog as I do have a lot of resources to help you navigate this journey as a freelance writer! Elna, Thank you for taking the time to post this. Your suggestions seem ideal for solving that issue. Congrats on your success. Yes, you can get some quick samples by guest posting or starting a blog.
From there you can pitch to freelance writing jobs. Thank You. I have a lot of blog posts to help you navigate being an online writer!
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Make sure to sign up to my free mini course to get started as a freelance writer! Happy New Year! I was totally disheartened after searching for months filled with rejections or no replies at all. I am striving to translate all my life experience as a Hospice Nurse and also have a Culinary Arts degree into a freelance writing career.
I feel some hope for the first time after finding this post. Thank you soooooooo much! Hello Elna, Thanks a lot for such an informative post. I was stucked in learning programming and designing stuff. Thanks a lot for that help. Great person you are Elna. So glad you found freelance writing the goal for you. Freelance writing jobs online is a great way to make money and stay at home. Your article is really helpful.
It would be nice if you gave me some advice on what to do. Hi Elna, thanks for your tips, they are very helpful indeed! I speak and write Spanish as well as French fluently, the latter being my first language; thus I often find the translations provided for all sorts of items fairly poor — sometimes of the Google Translate level!
I know from experience that when possible, writers should translate their own work, and I was wondering if you knew of any niche for which the writing gigs also require to be translated. Any suggestion is welcome! That seems like a great freelance writing tip for translators. Perhaps think of your ideal client and then think of the type of businesses they have to help you hone down your ideal client for freelancing!
Thanks for the feedback and Happy New Year! Hey Elna, Thanks for wonderful insight on how to get started as a freelance writer. I am a newbie with no experience on writing blogs but I am seriously considering it now. Grateful for you help. Bless you! I took a look at your blog and love your topics! You are helping everyone drive traffic to your blog! Have you looked at my other blog, twinsmommy.
Hi Elna, Thank you for this post. I am trying to start out as a writer but have been struggling with where my niche is. I desperately need to start making money and growing my skills but often I am not sure where to start. Do you have any suggestions for a struggling writer and person who wants to work fully from home? Thank you for any insight. Great post, Elna! Many article writers do find freelance jobs from fiverr but payout are ridiculously low. Hi Elna, Great post, so many great ideas!
I was so excited when I read your bio and saw that you are a mom of twins. I have 6 month old twins myself. Also, I am at the cusp of finishing my BA, wondering how I can work from home with what I have learned at my university. Thank you for all of the guidance and inspiration on your site. It definitely makes freelance writing a more tangible option for me! Another twin mama! It really is the best stay at home mom job!
Hi, Elna. I am glad to find your blog. You provide a lot of useful information. I want to create my own blog, I have a few essays prewritten, could be fine blog posts to my mind.
To be honest I am not sure from where to start. I think I will follow your advice about cold pitching and maybe practice in writing a little. Who knows, maybe I will be lucky to find some freelance writing jobs. Recently I was surfing the internet and found this site writorial. They say they always have available freelance writing jobs. Have you heard anything about them? Thanks so much! Yes, I think learning more about freelance writing and then starting a blog or writer website should be your path.
From there you can start creating samples in your niche and then pitch either via cold pitching or from job boards! Elna, You wrote a book here. A lot of effort and information. And very helpful for new freelancer like me. Thank you. Just one question Elna, does this all work from Ethiopia? I want guidance mam………pls call me and guide me once.. Thanks…Need ur support in build up of my career….. Hi Elna Thanks a lot for the article. Am a journalist by profession. I was writing for major print newspapers in Kenya East Africa plus online news agencies before I moved and settled in the US in Seattle together with my family.
Your article comes at the appropriate time for me since I have been looking for ways to break into fulltime freelance; copy writing, web content, editing and proofing. Back in Kenya I was writing about climate change, environment, agriculture and other related topics. Now I want more of a niche area and that is why I will look at your course to start.
Sounds awesome! You have a wonderful experience with copywriting and writing for brands. You can definitely leverage this experience for online writing gigs!
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I suggest you take my free course to get you started! I mentioned it to my friend but she said that I should be thinking about a job that is a bit more stable. I still live the idea of free lance writing though as writing has always come very naturally to me. Do you have any ideas about what kind of degree I could do at university or useful stuff I could do in a gap year, or even right now? Thanks you! I would probably find a job to help you figure out what you want to do later on.
You can also try freelance writing as s side hustle after high school! This is some awesome material! Hi Elna, This was all very helpful. Do you have any feedback about what type of contract I might be expected to sign. I interviewed over the phone for a non-science editing position yesterday and they expressed interest in hiring me as an independent contractor. So my question is, Is a contract pretty standard for independent contract writing jobs, in your experience? For big agencies, probably yes! I personally work with small businesses and rely on writing service agreements than contracts!
Thanks very much, Elna! Thanks again for the useful blog postings on writing. Hi Elna, this was really helpful. I wanted to ask a couple questions. My degree is in politics. After uni I had a baby and have decided I want to be a stay-at -home mum. However, I am and have always been interested in writing as a career. I also feel pretty overwhelmed thinking about where to actually start. I feel I would like it to be parent related as opposed to politics. Does it need to focused on one area? You should your expertise and credibility by starting a blog and guest posting!
As for your topics, you can explore that over time! Elna, This post has been SO helpful! I love it! Thank you for all your insightful tips and tricks! I am currently in the process of starting up my own website for blogging, and when I learned about freelance writing I knew I had to try it out! So I just have one question for you, would you suggest having a blog while freelance writing? Maybe as a way to provide a little extra work for clients to refer to as sample work from me?
I was originally going to blog and go the advertising route to provide an income off the blog, but freelance writing seems much more interesting to me. So glad you found some tips to help you get started freelance writing! You can sell your services on it, showcase your work and start a blog as a way to have samples to begin with!
Thank you for the valuable information! I work as a court reporter and I would love to start doing some freelance work on the side. The information you provided will be a big help! Thoroughly enjoyed this delightful, informative article. I am a full time paralegal with a B. How would you reccomend I transition to freelancing. I would find a way to scan those articles and upload them to Contently or some portfolio platform as proof you are a writer and have byline content.
If not, maybe transcribe the article and link to the online version of the newspaper! From there you can have a freelance writer website that promotes your business or you can just get to pitching businesses or go to job boards. I hope this helps! This past year has been a roller coaster ride for me. I want to give freelance writing a try. I did get accepted to a content mill site, but the jobs on there go so fast I can never get a chance to grab one to work on. I also do not blog anymore.
So, how can I get into freelance writing? How do I build up a portfolio or show my writing? Any tips would be great. WHSR receives referral fees from some of the companies listed on this website. The first thing you need to consider is your audience. You can certainly review every product that comes your way, but make sure your products pass all three of these points:. An example is gift guide I created for my readers last Christmas see right image. Gift guides are great because when you grow, you can charge companies to participate in your guide.
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