finding clients

Freelance Writing for Beginners: 8 Jump-Start Tips to Get Clients

Jump-Start: Freelance Writing for Beginners. Makealivingwriting.com

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 just getting started, it’s easy to think freelance writing for beginners is 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?

There’s nothing wrong with dreaming big and sending a query letter to your favorite glossy consumer magazine or pitching a business that generates billions in revenue. Do it.

Just realize you might need to learn a few things about freelance writing, get some clients, and some writing samples first.

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:

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Find Emails (and See if Yours Got Read): 8 Tools for Writers

Tools to Help Writers Find Emails. Makealivingwriting.com

Find emails…when you’ve got the perfect story idea for a magazine or want to reach out to a marketing director, you need their email address.

That single piece of information is your lifeline to success if you want to pitch prospects, land assignments, and make a living writing.

Your first stop should always be the magazine masthead or the company website to find emails. But that doesn’t always pan out.

So do you throw in the towel, shake your fist at the sky, and spend the afternoon crying about how hard it is to find emails?

Stop. Right. There. Skip the pity party and follow Carol’s advice: “Take the attitude that you are an unstoppable force of nature, and you won’t give up…”

If you want to find emails for editors, marketing directors, or sources, you can. Wondering if your pitch email got read? There’s a way to find that out, too.

Check out these tools you can use as a freelance writer to dig up contact info and find emails:

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Writing Jobs From Hell Contest: Share Your Worst Client Horror Stories

Writing Jobs From Hell Contest. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever had one of those writing jobs that made you want to vomit, smash something with a hammer, or scream profanities into a pillow?

It happens. Just about every freelance writer has at least one horror story to tell about terrible clients, deranged editors, ever-changing demands, slave-labor wages, or maybe even no payment at all.

What’s one of your worst writing jobs?

If your blood pressure is on the rise just thinking about it, hopefully you learned a thing or two from the experience. You know what I mean: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

If you do your part to find great clients, you’re a lot less likely to work with the kind of crazy-making clients that give you nightmares months after you severed ties and swore off working for them ever again.

But before you cut up that worst-writing-job assignment into tiny little pieces, douse it in gasoline, and laugh maniacally as it burns to ashes, we want to hear about it.

Share your worst client horror story for a chance to win. Here’s what you need to know about the “writing jobs from hell” contest:

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Digital Marketing Agencies: 11 Places to Land Well-Paid Freelance Work

Digital Marketing Agencies for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Can you make money writing for digital marketing agencies?

Yes. How about easy $100 assignments, $400 blog posts, or $1,000 long-form projects, and plenty of ongoing work?

Find a good digital marketing agency to work with, and it’s totally possible.

In theory, here’s how it works:

  • A digital marketing agency does all the heavy lifting to find clients in your niche.
  • Then the digital marketing agency hires you to write content for their clients…blog posts, white papers, case studies, website content, marketing materials, etc.

Sounds pretty good, right? All you need to do is find some digital marketing agencies, and you’re set. Lots of work, less marketing, steady pay.

Hold onSome digital marketing agencies have a track record for paying writers respectable rates. But some are nothing more than low-paying content mills disguised as a digital marketing agency, and we want you to avoid those.

Want to write for a digital marketing agency? Check out these freelance writer recommendations:

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Hunting for Work? 15 Tips to Track Down Freelance Writing Jobs

How to Track Down Freelance Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you on the hunt for freelance writing jobs?

If you’re not looking in the right places, you might spend a lot of time chasing tracks that lead to nowhere.

Maybe you’re in a barren client landscape. Or you’re surrounded by hoards of other hunters looking for freelance writing jobs. Or maybe you took a wrong turn, and you’re completely lost.

It happens. But don’t panic. All you need to do is reorient yourself and get back on track.

If you haven’t seen any well-paying freelance writing jobs lately, it doesn’t mean they’re not out there. In fact, there’s more than enough to go around in almost every niche.

So how do you track down good freelance writing jobs? Use these tips to find work. Happy hunting.

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Writing Career Reboot: 5 Steps to Pick Yourself Up After Trauma

Reboot Your Writing Career After Trauma. Makealivingwriting.com

Is your life and writing career moving along in a linear fashion, continuously getting better?

Be honest. It’ doesn’t work that way for anyone.

The reality is bumpy.

Sometimes you have to abruptly take off work for personal reasons:

  • A major illness or death in the family
  • An accident
  • A baby born prematurely
  • Or any number of unexpected and traumatic reasons

I didn’t pick those examples randomly. They’ve all happened to me or my writing friends.

If you step away from your writing career to deal with major life events, hopefully you’ll reach a point where it makes sense to resume work.

But how do you get back on track?

If you’re restarting after taking a break because of trauma, illness the death of a loved one, or some other traumatic life event, here are five tips to reboot your writing career:

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