I knew I had to figure out the marketing piece if I hoped to be a successful freelancer, but networking for introverts and self-promotion isn’t exactly my favorite thing to do.
Before throwing myself into a crowd of people to drum up business, I thought I’d take a “class” at a local community college on networking to learn how it’s done.
There was just one problem.
The “class” turned out to be a roomful of professionals who all seemed to know each other… well. When I walked in, my mind started spinning and my heart pounding. “If I could just find a seat…”
Finally I did, and that’s when the director looked straight at me: “Stand up and tell us who you are and what your business is…”
“Who, me?” I thought. Cue the sweaty palms, queasy stomach, noodle legs, hands trembling with fear, and an intense desire to pull a bag over my head.
If you’re a fellow introvert and freelance writer, what would you do? Here’s what happened next:
Are you taking advantage of in-person networking opportunities to find freelance writing clients?
When I wrapped up a phone call with an agency that hires freelancers writers for Nike, Adidas, Columbia Sportswear, and other Portland-based sports and athletic companies, I got an invite to a meet-and-greet with people from these companies.
The after-hours meeting fit my schedule, so I decided to go and see if networking opportunities like this could help me find more prospects and clients.
If you’re already thinking about your introverted tendencies that tell you to avoid in-person networking opportunities like this, take some advice from Linda Formichelli. Punch fear in the face and do it anyway.
You don’t have to be an extrovert, gifted sales pro or marketer, to benefit from in-person networking opportunities that can connect you with potential prospects and clients.
I’m an introvert. But I still I walked away from this networking meeting with some new contacts, and scored a few referrals from the effort since attending.
And that got me thinking about the many free in-person networking opportunities available for freelance writers.
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It’s confession time. This past week, I made a tragic error. I washed a pair of my husband’s pants.
Inside a small side pocket of the pants, it turned out, were about 30 business cards my hubby had collected at a big networking event several days before.
What if there were some magical words you could utter as a freelance writer and earn more money?
You’d probably chant those words in front of the mirror, calling on the Money Fairy to grant your freelance writer wish.
But in reality, it probably sounds too good to be true. Right?
That’s what I thought when I quit my job as a business reporter to be a full-time freelance writer. It seemed like every day was a hustle, and earning more money meant working more hours.
But then something happened.
A prospect called to see if I could do some writing work for them. I took a deep breath, and then I uttered three magical words that unlock the key to making more money as a freelance writer.
Do you know what those words are?
“I’m fully booked.”
This might not be on your radar as a freelance writing goal. But trust me, when you can start telling prospects this, you’re on the edge of a major breakthrough as a freelance writer.
Here’s what happens to your business when you’re fully booked: