If you’ve just stepped into the “freelance writing for beginners” adventure, you’re probably wondering where to find all the action.
You know…clients in your niche ready and willing to pay you money for writing articles, blog posts, case studies, white papers…anything really. Right?
Here’s the thing when you’re new at this…Freelance writing for beginners can feel kind of like stepping into total darkness without a flashlight, flaming torch, or even a tiny wooden match to light the way.
Where do you go and what should you do to find freelance writing clients?
It’s kind of like Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride uttering the words: “I need you to guide my sword, please.”
You need a little help. You’re willing to do the work, even chase down the Six-Fingered Man if you have to. But you need to know where to look.
Wondering how to jump-start your freelance writing career and get clients? Check out these tips to shine some light on how it’s done:
1. Leverage your work experience
If you don’t have a portfolio of work to show a potential client, leverage your work experience.
Maybe you’ve worked in retail, the insurance industry, healthcare, education, the restaurant business, or construction. Pitch a prospect in your niche by letting them know you already understand their industry.
“Find something that allows you to leverage pre-existing experience,” says freelance writer and Den 2X member Emily Omier.
“Like my first real client was an immigration tech company that was impressed by the fact that I had worked as a paralegal for an immigration firm…10 years prior.”
Is there a regional or community magazine in your area? That’s a great place to start.
“If I was just starting out, I’d approach marketing folks at companies in the industry that I previously worked with,” says freelance writer Sherri Ledbetter.
If you’re part of the “freelance writing for beginners” club, you might wonder how long it’s going to take to ramp up, land your first client, and get paid to write. It’s different for everybody. But the sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll be on your way. Put these tips to the test, and go find your first assignment. You can do this.
Need help getting freelance writing clients? Let’s discuss in the comments below.
Evan Jensen is the blog editor for Make a Living Writing. When he’s not on a writing deadline or catching up on emails, he’s training to run another 100-mile ultra-marathon.