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How to Get More Work as a Freelance Writer: 4 Easy Things to Try Today

Updated on June 14, 2014

Yes, You Can Really Make a Full-Time Income Working From Home as a Writer

If you are new to the unpredictable world of freelance writing, you probably want to know how to get more work. Freelance writers often find that they either have too much or too little to do, and not having enough cash to pay your rapidly approaching mortgage payment can make any writer nervous.

Stop worrying. There are plenty of ways to ensure that you never run out of eggs in your basket, but you have to make an effort to find new gigs. Work will fall in your lap - or your inbox - occasionally, but you usually have to hunt it down yourself.

You control your own destiny when it comes to freelance working. The work is there, and it won't run out any time soon. All you have to do is go get it. If you like to spend your free time crying about how you're broke instead of hunting down new clients, I can't help you. If you want to learn a few simple tips to help you get more writing jobs, I've got your back.

Network

Most successful writers realize that social networking is an absolute necessity these days. If you haven't already, it's time to join Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and every writing forum that you can find. Don't just sign up, though - make sure that you actually interact with others. Your new writer friends might have extra work and ask for your help after they get to know you. Being active online also increases the chance that companies will find your information and contact you for freelance projects.

Networking isn't limited to the internet. You can attempt to meet local writers by joining clubs and classes geared toward writers. Network with other business professionals by finding events on MeetUp or asking your city's Chamber of Commerce about upcoming meetings. Look for signs at the library advertising writing clubs in your area. If there are no signs, put up one of your own. It's time to get this party started.

Promote Yourself

Nobody is "just a writer" these days. You have to know how to market your services if you want to get the attention of the people who hire folks just like you to write their stuff. Look at it this way: Writing is a want, not a need. Yes, writing helps businesses make more money, but they won't know that unless you tell them. There are many different ways to do this, and to be honest, most writers won't admit which methods work best for them. Writing is a cut-throat field at times, and you have to learn to fend for yourself to an extent.

My advice? Experiment with common techniques at first, like sending emails to different businesses or mentioning your awesome writing skills on Twitter. After you start feeling more comfortable with marketing yourself, get creative. I once landed a gig by jokingly sending pictures of the delicious desserts I'd make if I got the job.

You know what you're good at doing. You just have to make sure everybody else knows, too.

Shameless Self Promotion Will Get You More Clients - ...Just don't get too crazy with it

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Avery 8371 Printable Microperf Business Cards, Inkjet, 2 x 3 1/2, White, Matte (Pack of 250)

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Create a Website

Every writer needs a website, whether your current portfolio includes 1000 words or 1000 articles. You can create a free website on sites like WordPress or Blogger, and it's super easy. I've made a few sites myself and then bought the domains through Go Daddy. Go Daddy is not my favorite, and I've heard that other companies are much better. You might want to read a few reviews before you choose a host.

Your website should include the basics, such as your name and how much experience you have, as well as your rates and payment options. I think it's a good idea to include a picture of yourself because it shows potential clients that you're a real person and not some spambot hidden away in cyberspace, but this is just my personal opinion. Write your site the way you'd write your articles if you want to land projects that match your style. I've learned that many new clients spend quite a bit of time on my site before they hire me, and yours will probably do the same.

Apply for Every Writing Job That You Can Find

Never get too comfortable with one client or company. I know people who went from making $5000 a month to $20 a week at Demand Studios. It's still a decent company to work for, but not every section has work available at the moment. Keep yourself from ending up at the local food bank by applying for every gig you come across. You never know when one of them might run dry.

Some sites have monthly minimums that you have to meet if you wish to continue working there. Pay close attention to the requirements for each writing website to ensure that you don't unexpectedly lose one of your gigs. Also, make sure that your resume and cover letter totally rock. Nobody will hire you if they don't.

Writing Books on Amazon

88 Money-Making Writing Jobs
88 Money-Making Writing Jobs

This book lists places where you can make money as a writer.

 
Secrets of a Freelance Writer: How to Make $100,000 a Year or More
Secrets of a Freelance Writer: How to Make $100,000 a Year or More

I haven't personally read this book, but I have several friends who swear by it. That's why I recommend it to new writers.

 
Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer: How To Win Top Writing Assignments
Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer: How To Win Top Writing Assignments

Earn big bucks as a freelance writer after reading this book.

 

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Great tips! So far, my accounts are with Squidoo and oDesk. My earnings are meager. I have yet to make them grow.

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      Mommy 4 years ago from The Fabulous Midwest

      @BLemley: CloudCrowd recently merged with another company, so now you have to apply via CrowdSource.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      CloudCrowd sounds awesome...I would love to apply! But they say they aren't taking applications, so I'll check back. I appreciate being introduced to the potential for earning income by writing on the internet. My real job of transcription work is always up and down, leaving too many holes lately! I will have to check out Bubblews and your other info...Thanks for the great resource! Bev

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      Mommy 4 years ago from The Fabulous Midwest

      @Woodsusa: Thank you, Woodsusa! You can do it!

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      Woodsusa 5 years ago

      These are some great tips! I needed a little motivation...it's been a rough few weeks for some reason work wise. I read your Bubblews posts and followed you here...great lenses! Keep up the awesome work!

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      Mommy 5 years ago from The Fabulous Midwest

      Thank you, Digory! Good luck to you as well.

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      Digory LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas and good luck with your writing.

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