Are you struggling to find well-paying freelance work and good clients?
Maybe you’re panning for a nugget of gold on a bidding site for writers. Or you’re chipping away in the content mills hoping to find better-paying freelance work. Maybe you’ll strike it rich.
Prospecting this way usually ends up being a huge waste of time. You’ll get a bite. And then discover you’re negotiating with bottom-feeders who want to pay 90 percent less than your asking rates for freelance work.
If that sounds anything like your prospecting experience as a freelance writer, I’ve been there. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can change the way you look for clients.
Identifying and vetting prospects is one of the most important things you need to do as a freelance writer. You need quality clients who respect your skills and pay well. Right?
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If you want to land more freelance writing jobs, you want to try and throw strikes every time you pitch a market, a magazine, or a niche blog.
Think of it like you’re trying to win the World Series of freelance writing.
It’s a numbers game. The more you practice, the more consistent you’ll be at landing assignments. And the more money you’ll score for the home team.
What should you do before you pitch a story idea? Start with a warm-up.
Study the market. Read back issues. Check the site or publications for the writer’s guidelines playbook. Do a little research or even a pre-interview with a source.
Then wind up and throw a pitch in the strike zone with a great idea for a story or blog post.
Looking for freelance writing jobs? Pitch these 99 markets to move up and earn more:
Ever feeling like one failure after the next keeps you from finding good freelance writing jobs?
I know I did. When I first started looking for freelance writing jobs, I felt like a total failure. I even thought about quitting. It sucks when…
- You’re not getting any bites from query letters or letters of introduction
- All the freelance writing jobs you find on bid sites, job boards, and content mills pay pitiful rates, or
- Even after consuming countless podcasts, courses, and blog posts about freelance writing, you still doubt your skills.
Instead of giving up, I decided to take a step back and look at what I was doing wrong. I really wanted to find a way to turn things around and get back on track.
And I’m glad I did. It took me about five months to break down all the false ideas I had about freelancing writing and start landing better-paying gigs. It wasn’t easy, but I learned a lot from those failures.
Want to avoid making the same mistakes? Check out these five fast-track fixes to find more freelance writing jobs:
You dream of being a successful writer. But instead you’re stuck with freelance work writing for content mills and clients who pay you $20 or less per post.
Deep down, you know it’s time to drop these low-paying clients and find better-paying freelance work, but the thought terrifies you.
Isn’t it risky to just let your clients go? What if no one will pay your higher rates for freelance work?
If you’re struggling to keep up with deadlines and the volume or freelance work for low-paying clients, where are you going to find the time for marketing to get better ones?
I understand where you’re coming from. I was in this very situation less than six months ago. And then I did something that felt a little crazy and scary. I gave most of my clients a swift kick.
What would happen if you let all your clients go tomorrow?
It cleared the way for me to get higher-paying clients and triple my freelance work income. Here’s how it’s done:
Ever struggled to find an email address for a prospect?
You check the website for the business or magazine you want to pitch. You do an exhaustive online search. You even use software apps to try and find an email address for the right person. But all you get is frustration.
Do you settle for the blackhole of email addresses and send your pitch to info@ or editor@ and hope for the best? Don’t do that, OK. There’s a better way.
It’s time to put on your big-girl pants and be a little more clever and gutsy. If you have to work to find an email address, you might as well make it fun.
Using my brilliant tactic, I have never been denied the email address I want. Never!
You’ll need to pick up the phone and leverage the art of creative rhetoric to make it happen (some writer’s might need a personal pep-talk to get started).
But it’s worth it to find an email address for a prospect you can turn into a client. Here’s how I do it: