What one piece of advice can you share that’s helped you the most in your career as a freelance writer?
The goal with this series is to dispense advice to new/aspiring freelancers, and/or to those who may be struggling. So if you don’t have time to submit a guest post or become a regular guest poster, this is a great way to still help others and get your name out there.
Length: 100-250 Words
Bio: 25-50 words; a link to your freelance writing website/blog and a link to one of your social media profiles.
How to Submit: Send in the body of an email (info*at*InkwellEditorial*dot*com). Put “Freelance Quick Tip” in Subject Line.
You’ll be sent a link when/if it’s published.
Here’s the first installment . . .
My “Quick Tip” for Freelance Writing Success
Market consistently — even when you’re crazy busy, and especially when times are slow.
Years ago, I owned an editorial staffing agency in New York City. I had a business mentor who had owned one too. He was retired; he’d sold his business for a few million dollars and spent part of his time volunteering; helping new/struggling entrepreneurs.
One of the many great pieces of advice he gave me over the year and a half or so he acted as my mentor was to make marketing a habit. I never forgot this. It can be particularly discouraging when you’re marketing your butt off but no writing jobs are materializing. But, think what’ll happen if you don’t market.
I promise you (if all other things are in place like your writing skill, pricing, etc.), if you make it a habit to make a certain number of touches per day, week and/or month, you WILL land freelancing writing jobs.
I advise doing so daily or weekly. If you’re slow, double what you may normally be doing, eg, if you normally send out 5 marketing emails per day, double it or triple it, ie, contact 10 or 15 (or 20 or 30) prospects per day. If you’re busy, don’t slack off (which is a bad habit many freelancers get into); still reach out to new prospects and/or stay in touch with existing clients — something many freelancers forget to do. Don’t!
Good luck out there.
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I’ve been blessed with the “mind of a marketer,” so to speak. It’s what’s accounted for my freelance writing success over the years. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told somebody about a marketing technique I use and I’ll get a response like, “I never would have thought to do that.”
I just purchased your ebook on 7 ways to market your freelance writing business. I’m only on page 19 – the second idea – and I must say that my writing business will never be the same again! (emphasis added) After reading only 2 of the 7 ideas you mention, I can’t believe I didn’t think of these before! Nobody mentions them in freelance writing discussions, and it’s no wonder that so many are hurting for clients. I am truly blown away!
Thank you for revolutionizing my business with this information.