7 Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs — Quick!

The upside of being a freelance writer are discussed all the time – the ability to set your own hours; work as much or as little as you want; work in your jammies; spend more time with friends and family; etc.

For all of these reasons – and quite a few more – it’s why I love what I do day in and day out. However, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. One of the definite downsides of being a freelance writer is income fluctuations – like what can happen when you suddenly lose a client who takes a big chunk of your income with them.

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This post was inspired by an email I received from a freelancer a few days ago. She wrote:

Hi Yuwanda!  How are you doing?  Can you please help me with an issue that is coming up? At the end of this month, I will be losing income from one of my clients, which is about $1100 a month. Would you happen to know of some projects or ideas that I could implement right away so that I will be able to replace that income starting in November? Thanks so much for your help, I really appreciate it.

Freelance Writers: 7 Ways to Replace Lost Income – Fast!

I emailed her back, listing some things I’ve done in the past to drum up work quick. I’ve also added a couple that I‘ve never tried, but have heard from other freelancer writers that work pretty well.7 Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs Fast!

(i) Market on steroids

This is one of the first things I always do to drum up work quick, especially if I know I haven’t been consistently marketing.

However you find freelance writing gigs that work – double or triple your efforts in this area.

I remember when I first started writing SEO content in 2007. For the first year or so, my preferred marketing method was cold emailing (it still is).

After things started to cool down a bit, my normal outreach of 15 or 20 emails per day weren’t cutting it.

So some days when I was slow, I’d spend a day or two and send out 50, 75 or even 100 per day, doubling, tripling, quadrupling and even quintupling my marketing efforts. And it usually worked.

Sometimes the gigs that came in were for lower than my going rate, but my philosophy is low-paying work is better than no-paying work.

So, if it wasn’t something ridiculous and I could knock it out quickly, I took it and did my best to turn those clients into long-term, higher-paying clients.

Did it always work? Nope. But it did sometimes, and another client was added to the roster.

So if you find yourself twiddling your thumbs worrying about where your next gig is going to come from – stop it! Get busy marketing.

You’ll feel so much better about yourself at the end of the day, and just may find a gig or two in your Inbox the next time you log in.

Low-paying work is better than no-paying work. Click To Tweet

(ii) Reach out to past clients

It’s still amazes me how many of us – and I am so totally guilty of this – are constantly on the hunt for new clients, when old ones are your bread and butter.

An old marketing expression is that 80 percent of your business will come from 20 percent of your clients. It’s known as the Pareto Principle. And even if that’s off by some percentage points, the moral of that little ditty is that those who have given you business in the past are much more likely to give you business in the future than someone who’s not familiar with your work.

Many of us treat past clients like dead clients. Don’t make this mistake. Set up some kind of system where reaching out to past clients is a normal part of your marketing routine. You never know, they just may have something and your message lands in their Inbox at just the right time.

I can’t tell you how many times it’s happened to me where I’ll email a past client, and they’ll say something like, “I was just thinking about _________ when your email came through;” or

“I hadn’t thought of that, but now that you mention it, we do need _________” (if I pitch them on a proposed project, eg, doing a lead-generating ebook to add as a free download from their site).

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(iii) Bundle services and offer them at a special price

Based on my experience, the best services to package are two of the most popular your target market needs; OR one of the most popular, and one that “would be nice to have if we could afford it.” In this last one, you get clients to order a service they wouldn’t normally order, and if they like it, they may order it moving forward.

Usually, this is one that’s out of their price range and/or one they think they can do without, but once they try it, they’re like:

Man, I had no idea this would work so well. Otherwise, we’d have been ordering it sooner” (eg, a case study that’s a free download from their website that acts as a lead generator).

I once had a client who ordered weekly blog posts. Once I started offering social media account management, I pitched them on adding this service, as I talked about in this post.

I did my upfront homework, peeking at their account to see how often they tweeted. It was inconsistent. I offered to take that over since I already wrote the content for them. It was an easy service to bundle with the writing.

FYI, I emailed this suggestion to the freelancer who inspired this post, and following is what she wrote back:

I have skills in guest blog writing, basic social media management on Facebook (responding to posts, approving members, posting), and email customer service. I am pretty sure I could also write case studies and press releases, even though I haven’t actually done these yet.

Do you think I could package those?  How much do you think I could charge?

I replied:

Can you package the services you mention? Depends on the audience you’re targeting. Do they need those? And I ended with the other advice listed here in #3.

Regarding what to charge, I responded:

As for what to charge for your services, Google it. There’s so much disparity in rates, and it depends on a host of factors (niche, competition, experience), and then there’s what you need to pay your bills. So again, do some online research and come up with a pricing schedule that works for you.

I know this may seem like a cop out on answering the rate question, but my long-standing policy is not to dictate to freelancers what to charge. To me, it’s such a personal decision because every freelancer’s financial situation is unique to them.

If I’d listened to the majority of advice given on what to charge as a freelance writer over the years, I wouldn’t be where I am today. So I always tell freelancers to do their research. Be sure to compare apples, eg, niche, experience, services offered, etc.

With all of this being said, what services do you think you can effectively bundle?

Freelance Writing Rate Charts

FYI, here are some rate charts by some noted editorial organizations.

(iv) Offer discounts on services ordered in bulk

This is a different twist on the suggestion just above. If your normal rate is $100/article, how about offering four for $425. Pitch it as:

  • Get a month’s worth of content for one low price; or
  • Get 15% off a month’s worth of content ordered at one time; or
  • Save $15 on each article when you order 5 or more at once.

This may seem old and boring, but there’s a reason certain marketing tactics have been around forever. They work, so don’t go trying to reinvent the wheel.

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For example, I make money in the following ways, in addition to writing for clients:

Diversifying your income streams is one of the easiest ways to combat dry spells. Thanks to advances made in marketplaces like self-publishing and online education, the ways to make money writing are more diverse than ever. Learn more.

(v) Get on LinkedIn

I have a LinkedIn profile, but I’ve never been very active on the site. However, I’ve heard from so many freelance writers over the years about how well it’s worked for them that I listed it here.

And, it makes sense, when you consider that almost half of LinkedIn users are decisionmakers (48%), which is exactly who you want to get in front of when you’re trying to drum up business fast, and:

B2B buyers are looking to LinkedIn for the content they need to move forward in their journey. … They’re looking for content that helps them solve a professional problem—and if your content fits the bill, the results can be remarkable. Studies show that 80% of B2B leads come from LinkedIn, and 94% of B2B marketers use LinkedIn to distribute content.

How to Use LinkedIn to Find Freelance Writing Jobs: A Tutorial

This was written by a freelancer who has used the social media site to get gigs. Apparently, it’s a great way to network, especially if you cater to the B2B market.

(vi) Join Facebook writing groups

In my opinion, Facebook is becoming another Amazon in the sense that, you can find a group dedicated to almost anything you want on the site. Freelance writing is no different.

39 Freelance Writing Facebook Groups That Can Help You Land Gigs

There are tons of copywriting groups on the site where job leads flow freely. Following are 39 groups vetted by prominent freelance writers you can start with; more than enough to keep you busy.

Pick a few to join; I advise no more than three or four. Stay active in them, and eventually you can start landing gigs.

I know this is not the quickest way to get writing jobs, but it can be one of the most effective over time for keeping your pipeline full — with minimal effort.

(vii) Get on Upwork

Upwork is the largest freelance marketplace online. Literally thousands of freelance writing jobs are posted there daily. And they run the gamut – from freelance writing jobs for beginners to gigs for more experienced freelancers.

Types of Gigs You’ll find on Freelance Writing Sites Like Upwork

  • Ebook writing
  • Article & blog writing
  • SEO content writing
  • Academic writing
  • Grant writing
  • Creative writing
  • Technical writing
  • And more

A valid knock against this “content mill-like” site is that many of the writing gigs are low-paying. However, as freelancer after freelancer has proven, there are high-paying gigs there too – plenty of them. You just have to know how to weed out the bad ones and hone in on the good ones.

And that’s exactly what freelancer Laura Pennington’s course teaches you how to do. She’s made hundreds of thousands of dollars from clients she found on the site, and even had a $20,000 month! Yeah, you read right.

Freelance Writers Wanted: Many are Making Lots of Money on Upwork

Laura’s experience is not unique. Many other freelance writers have built thriving careers from clients found on Upwork. I did a quick Google search, and following are five more.

And this is why I don’t listen to the controversy surrounding paid online writing jobs and content mills as far as rate goes. The demand for online content has changed not only how freelance writers get work and the types of gigs offered, but it’s changed where the so-called “good paying” jobs are.

Sure, many of them are still in the “old world,” eg, magazines. But many of them can be found on freelance marketplaces like Upwork because it’s so easy for companies to recruit talent there.

The demand for online content has changed how freelance writers find and get work. Click To Tweet

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In freelance writing, there are going to be dry spells; it’s just the nature of the beast. But, they don’t have to be long, and they don’t have to be frequent – if you market consistently. And that’s the key — the main way to keep jobs flowing in; don’t fall prey to inconsisent marketing habits to beging with.

Marketing should be one of your top duties each and every day, even if it’s just sending out one cold email.

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    1. Thanks for mentioning my post!

      These are great ways to find gigs fast 🙂

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