How to Find Freelance Writing Jobs without a Website: 3 Things You Can Do TODAY

A student in the SEO copywriter training class I taught recently sent in the following question, which got me to thinking about ways to land freelance writing jobs without having a website. First, I’ll share my thoughts on this, then outline three methods you can start using – today – to find freelance writing jobs. And, they’re all free!

If Hi Yuwanda,

Thank you for the feedback. Oh my…I was slipping in some areas but I found your feedback extremely informative and helpful. Now I do have a few questions….1) Is it absolutely necessary to have a website to start..I see the need for one but I have little time or money right now..2) You said you knew someone who did them inexpensively..what is his information? Thanks

Freelance Writers: Why I Think It’s Absolutely Necessary to Have a Website

It’s simple, it’s your home on the web – where you list everything from your freelance writing rates to your writing samples. And, I’ve said this a million times before but it bears repeating – times have progressed to the point where clients expect you to have one. It is simply unprofessional NOT to have one.

With all of that being said, following are three ways to start finding freelance writing jobs without a website – today.

Get Busy Finding Freelance Writing Jobs Today with These 3 Tips

I. Facebook: It’s very easy to set up a Facebook account and set up a page for your business on it. A couple of freelancers have told me that they found it very easy to land writing gigs via Facebook.

Facebook Marketing Tip: One thing I’d advise is to use the search feature on Facebook to find prospects. For example, let’s say you want to specialize in writing content for bankruptcy lawyers. Who would you be looking for? These types of lawyers, right? So, I did a search for “bankruptcy attorneys” and following is some of what popped up.

bankruptcy-attorneysThen, it’s just a matter of going to their page, which probably has their contact info somewhere, and sending them a message about the type of writing you do. If you make enough contacts – and have good writing samples – I’m willing to be dollars to doughnuts that you’ll eventually start landing clients.

II. Go Local: So many of us as freelance writers concentrate our efforts online when looking for writing gigs.

But there are tons of businesses right in your local community who need your services. So get out the good ole Yellow Pages (you remember, that big, thick yellow book that many of us used to rely on to find everything from dentists to plumbers) and start contacting them.

You can call them, or print up some flyers and actually walk into their business and hand it to them. Many will be glad to know a “local writer,” because I’m willing to bet that NO other freelance writer has used this method.

Also post flyers on local boards. When I used to live in New York City, for example, there was a board in my local laundry mat; Chinese food restaurant; all-in-one copy, fax and shipping center; and the local diner where anyone could post flyers for everything from apartments to puppies for sale.

So stick your flyer up there offering your blogging, social media, freelance writing, etc. services.

Make sure you tout how you can make these businesses start getting more traffic and leads from their websites and blogs. Why? Because a lot of local businesses don’t know anything about how to market online.

So once you get in front of them, explain to them the concept of content marketing and how it helps to generate leads and sales (ie, get customers in the door). Create a sample page for their site (or recreate an existing one that’s poorly done). Do it for free for their review. Once they actually see the clear difference, you have a good shot of landing them as a client – if the price is right.

cover-medUsing this method, before you know it, you could be the local “web writing genius!”

III. Ask Friends and Family: Many times, we don’t use the resources that are right at our fingertips. I know I’m guilty of this.

Normally, I don’t like to mix business with pleasure (ie, friends and family). I don’t think I’ve ever asked a family member to refer clients or really told them about my business. Most of the time, they ask me, “What is it you do again? I know it’s something on the internet with writing, but what exactly is it again?

Nowadays though, I see many of my friends and family on Facebook, for example, have hundreds – sometimes a few thousand — “friends;” especially the younger ones.

If I were starting out from scratch as a freelance writer today, this would be a network I’d seriously consider taking advantage of. All you have to do is post a note telling everyone that you’re starting your freelance writing career and that if they know anyone who needs blog posts, social media account management for their business, web content, etc., to please refer you.

Even if you have just a few contacts – ostensibly because they know and literally already “Like” you (Facebook pun fully intended) – I’ll bet some referrals will come your way.

The Ways of Finding Freelance Writing Jobs Is Only Limited by Your Imagination

There are so many ways to find freelance writing jobs it’s ridiculous. I’m constantly amazed when people tell me that they’re struggling to find work. Yeah, we all have dry spells, but these can be so much shorter if you ACTIVELY market all the time. And I find that a lot of us (I so include myself in this), get lazy. We simply don’t want to do what it takes to succeed.

The Opportunities in Freelance Writing are There – Especially in Certain Niches

If there’s one type of work that’s readily available today, it’s online writing jobs. Proof? According to the U.S. Department of Labor website:

Employment of writers and authors is projected to grow 6 percent from 2010 to 2020 . . . online publications and services are growing in number and sophistication, spurring demand for writers and authors with Web and multimedia experience (emphasis added). . . .

Writers and authors who have adapted to online media and are comfortable writing for and working with a variety of electronic and digital tools (emphasis added) should have an advantage in finding work. The declining costs of self-publishing, the growing popularity of electronic books, and the increasing number of readers of electronic books will allow many freelancer writers to get their work published.

But again, you must be proactive about finding these jobs — whether you use online or offline methods.

Finally, I can’t stress enough how important I think it is to eventually get a website if you want to be taken seriously as a freelance writer (aka a BUSINESS owner). But if you have $0, it doesn’t mean you have to wait to start – as these tips show.

And FYI, I specifically listed these three ways of finding freelance writing jobs because they are routes that others aren’t taking – so it means little to no competition for you. This increases your chance of landing writing gigs that much sooner.

I hope this insight helps and FYI, once you do get your freelance writing website up, here’s what to put on it to attract clients.

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    1. Holly Hadsell says:

      With havin so much content do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright infringement? My website has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my agreement. Do you know any techniques to help reduce content from being stolen? I’d really appreciate it.

    2. Kel Mohror says:

      Perhaps people don’t “do the legwork” of marketing because of the fear of rejection; hearing more “No” replies than “Yes” creates uncertainty and dampens the spirit. Sure, it is easy to say you just gotta get back up after being knocked down, but that requires accepting the chance you might get knocked down yet again.

      Even though one might be in the fray for her / his health (financial, creative or whatever), We all reach that point where “enough is enough” and marketing, for the time being, just isn’t rewarding.

      • @Kel:

        RE “We all reach that point where “enough is enough” and marketing, for the time being, just isn’t rewarding.”

        And this is EXACTLY why so many fail at freelancing. It’s truly not how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up. THIS is what separates true entrepreneurs from others — and why so many look at them in such awe. But entrepreneurs are no different than anyone else — they’re just more stubborn, determined and pigheaded than most (b/c that’s what it takes).

        Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    3. setting up a wordpress blog is super easy. Hostgator can get you started fast with the quick install feature.

      • @Cory:

        I know; I passed that info along in the class. I use HostGator, for all the reasons outlined in that post (for any other freelancers who may be wondering about which web hosting company to go with).

        Thanks for sharing though; very thoughtful.