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The Stupidly Simple Way for Freelancers to Get Referrals

The Freelancer's Stupidly Simple Way to Get Referrals. Makealivingwriting.com

If you’re trying to get referrals to book more freelance writing work with little success, you might be going about it all wrong.

Yes, asking your existing contacts for referrals works.

So do testimonials, guest posting, volunteering, in-person networking, email marketing, and building your online presence. These are proven marketing activities that can help you get referrals.

But there’s an easier and stupidly simple way to get referrals that I’ve been using since I started freelancing a couple of years ago.

It takes very little time, costs little to no money, and can pay dividends far greater than a postage stamp or a few minutes of your time.

I’ve landed magazine assignments, writing gigs, and other types of freelance work with this strategy. And so can you.

Want to learn how to get referrals, more assignments, and be the first person someone thinks of when they need a writer?

Let me show you how easy it is to use this stupidly simple strategy to get referrals.

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Stay Fully Booked: Tips From a 6-Figure Freelancer

Be a fully booked freelancer. Makealivingwriting.com

True or false: It’s normal for a freelancer to have ‘down’ months with no money coming in. It’s feast or famine in the freelance life. Right?

Actually, no. Well, it’s not normal for me, anyway.

Don’t know if I’ve ever shared this before, but I never had a zero-income month, in over a decade of paying all my bills entirely from freelance writing gigs.

I didn’t have the option of having drought months, because for many years, I was the sole support of a family of five. Terror clawing at my gut at the idea that a month might come along with no money in it.

So I designed my freelance life so that I always had money coming in, every month. Because my mortgage was due every month, too. And my kids weren’t interested in taking a month off of eating.

How did I do it? Well, there are some fundamental steps that always-booked freelancers take that most writers don’t bother with. Now that I coach writers in my Den 2X Income Accelerator Program, I’ve seen how reliable and powerful these steps are for taking a writer from just scraping by to earning a major income.

If you’d like to banish ‘down’ months from your freelance life, here are the basic steps you need to take:

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Asking for Referrals for Fraidy-Cat Freelance Writers

Scared to ask for referrals? One Writer’s Essential Tips. Makealivingwriting.com

For some freelance writers, it seems like asking for referrals and selling comes easy. They have a huge network of people they’ve cultivated relationships with. Their network hooks them up with new clients. And it’s easy for the same freelance writers to talk about their business in any situation, and get referrals.

That’s what successful freelance writers do. And I wasn’t sure I was cut out to be one of them if asking for referrals was part of the gig.

If you’re afraid to ask for referrals, you’ve probably heard that fraidy-cat freelance writer voice inside your head. You know, the one trying to convince you that:

  • People will think you’re desperate
  • You’re running some kind of scam
  • You can’t possibly provide a service valuable enough to help in any meaningful way

That cat needs to go. It took me a long time to figure this out. But when I finally did, I got a response in 10 minutes, a potential project, and scored another referral for more work. Here’s how I did it:

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How One Freelance Writer Got $3,000 From a Simple Request

By Angie Mansfield I was a frustrated freelance writer. Late last year, I was finally starting to gain traction in my freelance writing business, but I still wasn’t as busy as I wanted to be. I was doing okay. But

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How Bloggers Can Attract Client Referrals on Autopilot

By Tom Ewer For the last two years, I have made a living from freelance blogging. I make a few thousands dollars a month from my freelancing efforts, but I haven’t sought out a client since 2011 — they have

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How to Get Freelance Clients Without Doing a Darn Thing

By Tiffany Jansen I was a brand-new full-time freelance writer. I had the passion. I had the drive. I had the skills. I did not have the clients. But, I did as any good freelancer should and built myself a

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