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5 Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs on Twitter (With Sample Tweets)

Looking for freelance writing jobs on TwitterSo, you’ve taken the plunge, created a Twitter profile, and learned how to send a tweet. You’re getting some followers, even.

But you may be wondering — is there any real payoff for my freelance career here on Twitter?

It can be hard to see how these 140-character snippets of conversation could lead to actual freelance writing jobs…especially when half the people on Twitter seem to be posting food-porn Instagrams or comments about what train station they’re standing in.

But the funny thing is, you can find gigs via Twitter. Good ones, too.

It’s a little tricky, because you may know that it’s not considered cool to aggressively ask people to hire you on Twitter, or anywhere else in social media, for that matter.

That said, there are low-key, effective ways to connect with and approach editors, marketing managers, and other prime targets. There are also job listings floating around Twitter, too.

Here’s a rundown on some of the most basic ways you can use Twitter to find clients:

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How I Became a Productive Freelance Writer — After Failing in Year One

plan b strategy option alternative planning business symbol black board isolatedBy Kim Jansen

When I graduated from college, I knew a 9-to-5 position was not for me.

I had dreams of becoming a happy, productive freelance writer — working at my own pace, toting my laptop to my favorite coffee shop, paying my bills with my ideas…

But it turned out that I knew nothing about freelancing.

See, in college, I landed some pretty impressive internships. I thought “My luck will transfer over to post-grad life. I’ll never hurt for work.”

But I was wrong. The only places I knew to look for work were content mills.

Several months and $20 later, I realized the work was painstaking. And frankly not worth it. I had to pick up other jobs. A stint at Macy’s. Teaching music classes. A restaurant position.

All the while, I still tried to freelance, but time kept running away from me. A year flew by, and I’d earned basically nothing from writing.

Getting organized

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Stop Doing This Now to Explode Your Freelance Writing Income

freelance writer belittles herselfToday I’ve got a question: How’s your freelance marketing going?

Not so good?

I talk to a lot of writers who, when you press them, finally admit they’re not doing any marketing at all.

What’s happening is, writers go to market their services…but then they don’t. Something stops them.

Something inside their heads.

Talking yourself out of it

It seems that when many writers sit down to make a marketing plan and start sending those query letters or letters of introduction or making those cold calls — or whatever you do — a bunch of toxic thoughts crop up.

I’ve seen a real epidemic of these negative ideas from Freelance Writers Den members lately. For instance, one writer targeting universities for copywriting work wrote:

“I get ready to call, but then I assume they all have grad students or interns or a marketing staff.”

Or this one, from an experienced freelance writer whose income has been stymied by her lack of marketing:

“I talk myself out of looking for clients because I figure ‘no one will hire me,’ or ‘the market has changed.’”

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How I Find New Freelance Clients Weekly — With Minimal Marketing

Relaxed businesswomanBy Sharmeen Akbani Gangat

Are you looking to land new freelance clients?

I was, too. A year ago, I moved to Houston from New York City because of my husband’s job. I decided to take my business online. And I thought it would be really hard.

But I was wrong.

Yes, the online world is more crowded than Times Squares on New Year’s Eve. Everybody is a marketer, an entrepreneur, a blogger. And a millionaire!

It was intimidating, but I realized there was a method to this madness.

The bigger players know their X-factor — and they make it relevant for their audiences. Clients come as a result of it.

So, if I were to succeed, I couldn’t just be a marketer or a writer. I had to be something more, something different — without being someone else.

Create custom X-factors

First, I figured out what was salable about me and my work. Then, I married it with what my prospects were looking for.

I highlight different aspects of my education and experience for each of my prospect groups.

For instance, for freelancers, I stress the fact that I have never worked a 9-5 job, yet I consistently land high-paying clients. This instantly creates a bond.

I create a bond with my arty clients when they learn I am also a certified filmmaker and a trained short-story writer.

I customize my positioning every time I send out a pitch or meet people professionally. Especially in networking settings.

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Avoid Loser Writing Clients With This Quickie Checklist

freelance writer tries to find ideal client Bad clients are the bane of every freelance writer’s life.

Once we get one, we tend to feel stuck. It can take ages to find a better client and let that annoying, low-paying client go.

I actually heard recently from one writer who’d been writing for one underpaying client for 12 years. She wanted to know how she could get a raise out of them. After you’ve been their dormat for over a decade, that’s going to be tough.

Please, don’t do this!

Luckily, there is a fairly simple way to avoid getting stuck in long-term relationships with bad freelance writing clients. It has to do with getting in touch with how you feel when you’re offered a gig.

Call it your Martian antenna. Your spidey-sense. Your inner homing pigeon.

But whatever you call it, you have an instinct within you that can help you detect bad client situations — and I’m going to teach you how to use it right now. It’s one of four critical factors you want to see to feel confident this is a great client for you to take on.

1. Listen to your gut

Writers have instincts about whether a client is going to be good for them. Unfortunately, in our rush to book another dollar of income, we often ignore them.

Instead, I want you to focus on what your gut tells you about the client.

When you’re talking to them, do you feel relaxed? Are you having a good time? Or do you feel sort of nervous and sick to your stomach.

Do they seem sort of crazy? Like a big bullshitter?

Most importantly, could you imagine yourself working with this person over a prolonged period?

If the answer is ‘no,’ you want to pass.

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How to Land International Freelance Clients for 2015 — Now

Young successful woman looking at worldmap with profile photos oBy Amy Dunn Moscoso

Are you losing out on local freelance clients because they don’t have the budget for freelancers or because other writers work for less?

You don’t have to limit yourself to local clients. Start thinking globally.

You can build a rocking list of international freelance clients — and secure work for 2015 — with a few simple steps.

Generate leads with global trade shows

Want to break into a new industry? Beef up your client roster? Targeting global trade shows can help you land awesome clients.

My past experience as an agency trade show publicist taught me that companies have:

  • robust trade show marketing budgets
  • urgent need for written marketing materials and press kits
  • time-starved employees who can’t write and work

Recently, I generated red hot leads by pitching global trade shows. I found a Siemens site listing energy tradeshows, selected three and pitched blog articles, brochures, LinkedIn profiles, and media kits to:

  • show managers (the person who knows everyone)
  • sponsors (with juicy budgets)
  • exhibitors (who want to get the best return on their investment)

How I’m getting gigs for 2015: Tradeshows often run a fall and spring version. I offered to handle both. Two leads have emailed their fall and spring requirements, and one even asked if I’m able to write up an industry awards submission in February.

Act as a Local Contact

Does your city, region, or country dominate an industry?

Here’s your chance to activate your PR knowledge. Pitch yourself to international companies attending events, meetings, or conferences as a local contact who writes appropriate:

  • press kits
  • social media campaigns
  • marketing materials

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