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Today I want to write a quick post on how you can land freelance writing jobs without using job boards.
Now I know that I have told you before that paid job boards have been my #1 way of landing freelance writing jobs and that’s true..
However, pitching on job boards is a lot of freakin’ work and as soon as you stop pitching, the work dries up.
I found this amazing article by Carrie Smith of Careful Cents and she has a #nomorejobboards series going on where she teaches freelance writers how to get high-quality, high paying writing leads without using job boards.
Seeing as my entire freelance writing biz depends on job boards, I was intrigued!
In one of her latest blog posts, How to Get Clients: 7 Best Alternatives to Traditional Freelance Job Boards, Carrie talks about ways people can get writing clients without pitching every day.
Here are some of my fav strategies:
Craigslist is an easy way to get freelance writing clients and is something that I currently use to land gigs.
What makes Craigslist so easy to use is the fact that you can post ads advertising your writing services.
All you have to do is go to your local Craigslist, go to services at the bottom of the screen, then go to “write/ed/tr8”.
Here you can post your own ad for writing services. If you are diligent and re-post daily, you will have people in your inbox inquiring about your services in no time.
Also, be aware that you don’t have to post in your city–you can post in whatever city you like.
Just make sure that you’re posting in only one city because if Craigslist sees that you’re posting in two different locations, they will “ghost” your ad which means they’ll tell you that they posted your ad but no one else can see it but you.
For whatever reason, I post in Chicago even though I live in Atlanta and I get all of my Craigslist writing clients from there. I’ve also heard that cities like Los Angeles and New York City have higher paying writing clients on Craigslist. I guess it makes sense–these are bigger cities!
Carrie suggests that you sift through the ads to find gigs but if you do that then you’re essentially using a job board and this post is about finding writing gigs without using job boards.
However, if you do want to look through all of the writing gigs on Craigslist, use a tool like Search Tempest
Here are the tabs that I use to search for freelance writing gigs all over the country:
Preferences – Searching by US state or region
Category – Services
Sub-Category – write/edit/trans
Go back up to the first section to “where” and press “Ctrl + A” to select all, then click the little blue arrow to add them to the next side. Do the same with cities.
What – Put “writer wanted” or any variation of writing, writing jobs, etc.
This will pull up all of the writers wanted ads on all of the craigslist sites all over the country. Pretty cool huh?
I think that filling out your LinkedIn profile is an excellent idea for attracting new writing clients to you without having to pitch people.
However, the key to doing this is to fill out your profile in it’s entirety. If you already have a professional profile for your job, create a separate account just for your writing.
Carrie says that whenever she works with a new client, she puts it on her LinkedIn profile and as a result, has 1-2 new potential clients emailing her.
Here are some examples of freelance writers who display their talent on their LinkedIn Profiles:
Carrie Smith Nicholson
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Facebook groups are an awesome way to find clients for any type of service. However, you really have to be an active member of certain groups and be on the lookout for these opportunities in order to snag them.
To begin, I would suggest that you let people know that you are a freelance writer or that you’re looking for clients.
One thing I’ve noticed in Facebook groups is that everyone generally wants to help. So if you post in Facebook groups that you’re trying to get clients and you would appreciate any referrals, you’ll be amazed at the response an authentic post like that would get.
Also, when you let people know what you do in these groups on a consistent basis, when they do have a friend or know someone who is looking for a writer, your name will be one of the first to come to mind!
I will say that I’ve never seen a need for freelance writers in the Facebook groups I’m a part of but I do see a need for VAs quite often.
I’m in a bunch of blogger groups so they don’t need any help with writing 🙂 .
Quick Tip: Make sure to niche yourself as a writer. Take an industry that you’ve been a part of for years and begin to write articles for that industry on your own website or writing portfolio.
You can even cold pitch companies in your professional industry or an industry you were once a part of and offer them your writing services.
Why is this cool? Because you already have experience in that industry. You know the lingo and you have the writing skills. If you’re a blogger, you probably have more digital media experience than anyone at that company. Use these skills to your advantage!
Tell me in the comments below, what are your experiences with getting new freelance writing clients?
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