Are you new to freelance writing and wondering how to find writing projects?
It’s common for new freelance writers to be unsure of how to find work. Having trouble finding work is even common for a seasoned writer.
Here are five ways to find freelance writing jobs that may help you.
Methods for Finding Writing Jobs
Here are five common methods that freelance writers use to look for work:
- Apply for jobs at a blog that lists gigs. There are a number of great blogs that go out of their way to find new freelance writing opportunities on a regular basis. Two of these are Freelance Writing Jobs and About Freelance Writing. When you apply to a gig listed on one of these sites remember that many other freelance writers are probably doing the same thing.
- Bid at a bidding site. Bidding have the reputation of driving down freelancer rates, and in many cases they do. However, many freelance writers get a good start at one of these sites. Two popular bidding sites are Guru.com and Elance.
- Querying a magazine. Is writing a magazine article your ambition? With the write querying skills and some persistence you can get an article published. Here are some tips from James Adams, How to Write for Print Magazines: 10 Tips.
- Get active in social networking. As I wrote here, social networking works! Not immediately, but in the long-term. But, you have to do it with intent and purpose.
- Target businesses with your copywriting skills. Last week I shared a great resource that can help nearly anyone learn copywriting. As I explained then, writing for businesses really does offer some of the highest paying writing opportunities.
What Works for Most
Most writers use a combination of the methods listed above to find work. The best way to get started is to pick several methods that appeal to you and use one of them for an hour (or so) every day. You may need to spend more time looking for work if you are between projects or just starting out.
Finally, if one way of looking for work doesn’t seem to be working for you, try something different. Go back to this list and pick another method or try something else you’ve learned. Flexibility is part of freelance writing!
How do you find your writing projects?