Looking for writing jobs can be a huge struggle, something that continues for weeks and months with little in the way of encouragement. If you are trying to start your freelance career, finding that one client to start you off can be downright painful. There are lots of things to cover every day to apply to and find work, and you may have to do this for the rest of your career if you don’t pick up regular clients.
Here’s how – as a relatively new freelance writer – I stayed motivated when looking for gigs, and how you can too.
One of the first things that I noticed when I would start looking for jobs is how easy it is for pessimism to take over. I began to think about how little experience I have and how there are probably lots of better candidates out there than me.
I had to learn to push all those thoughts aside because they are irrelevant at best, and downright harmful to my job search at worst.
Hold onto this: you don’t need a writing degree to be a freelance writer. You don’t even need experience. I had to remind myself that others have been where I’m trying to go, and they’ve succeeded. I can too!
So keep a positive mental attitude and focus on staying consistent in your search. If you keep applying (and have good writing samples and competitive rates), eventually, you will land a gig.
Set Up Searches
If you are looking for a specific type of writing job, you can set up targeted searches on sites like Gumtree and Indeed that you can check back on from your bookmarks. This can save you a ton of time day in and day out – especially if you are using a lot of different job sites to search.
You can also set up searches by the day/time the job was added, which means that you can browse only those entries you haven’t seen before.
Practice Your Passion
For a budding freelance writer, practicing your craft can be simple. Find a topic that you are passionate about, and write something. It’s that simple!
You could use this as a guest post or submit it to magazines to try to get some exposure, or just keep it as a practice piece. It’s up to you. The point is that actually getting to write something you care about is an amazing feeling. I know that I always feel more motivated and happy when I’m working on my passion.
Don’t Go It Alone
I love talking to other writers, and this is a really good way to keep yourself sane while you are looking for work. Chat to them about the craft and business of writing, and discuss the things you have in common. They might be going through a dry spell too, which will help you realise that you are not alone.
A Cardinal Rule to Never Break as a Freelance Writer
Don’t poach clients. You can, however, ask if they’ll share insights into how they landed certain clients. They might have good advice about a marketing method you’ve never heard of and/or tried.
FYI, don’t judge yourself too harshly if they are currently very successful and busy. After all, freelance careers take off at different levels. One day they could be busy while you’re suffering through a drought, and next month, the situation could be completely reversed.
Whenever things get tough, just remember your end goal and keep your head down. Once you lose your motivation, your chances of finding freelance writing work drops sharply. Use the insight here to stay focused and motivated.
Eventually, you will start landing gigs.
Learn more about the actual science behind motivation, and how it can help you achieve your freelance writing goals in the video below.
About the Author: Amelia Knott is a team member at AuBiz.net – a free online ABN lookup tool. She is passionate about writing and new branding strategies. She shares her insights through blogging.
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