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Self-Publishing to Get More Freelance Clients: Use This Writer’s Strategy

Get More Freelance Writing Clients with Self-Publishing. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever thought about self-publishing a book? With all the tools available now, it’s relatively easy to do. It might not be your ticket to fame and fortune, but self-publishing can be a great way to help you get more freelance clients.

I’ve been a freelance writer since 2007. When I transitioned to ghostwriting in 2014, I quickly learned that I needed a better marketing strategy. The problem with ghostwriting is that you can’t exactly tell anyone what you have written. This is especially true when you sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Has a prospect ever asked you for writing samples, but you don’t have anything in your portfolio to show off your skills?

That’s what happened to me. When a potential client would ask if I’d ever written a book, for example, my answer would be, “Yes, but I can’t tell you what I’ve written.”

Not exactly the response to turn a prospect into a client. That’s when I started to think about self-publishing. I decided to write books of my own, under my own name, simply to have something to show to help me find more clients.

Here’s the self-publishing strategy I developed to land more freelance work:

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2 New Content Mills That Suck + 3 Promising Freelance Websites

Promising Freelance Websites for Writers + New Content Mills That Suck. Makealivingwriting.com

If you’re a writer who spends time looking for freelance websites where you can find work, you’re not alone.

Job boards, move-up mills, and agencies can be places to find good clients. But freelance websites for writers can also be a cesspool of low-paying gigs.

How do you know what freelance sites are worth your time, and which ones to avoid?

Do your homework and read this blog. We like to check out freelance websites for potential opportunities and let you know where to find great gigs and what sites totally suck. And believe me, there are a lot of freelance sites for writers out there that suck.

While doing your own marketing by sending LOIs (letters of introduction) and query letters is one of the most effective ways to grow your freelancing business, picking up work on freelance websites is a great way to help you move up and earn more.

We recently vetted five new freelance sites for writers. Three turned out to be good places to find clients that pay decent rates. But two new content mills we haven’t featured before didn’t measure up to Make a Living Writing standards.

Here’s the scoop on two new mills that suck and three promising freelance sites for writers.

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Get Paid to Write: 26 Sites That Pay Freelancers $100+

Sites that pay freelancers $100 and up. Makealivingwriting.com

What would your income look like if every assignment paid $100 and up? Sites that pay writers that much or more are out there. Seriously.

But you’re not going to find them on Craiglist or low-rate content mills that pay pennies per word, or worse. And even a large number of job boards that promise well-paying writing gigs turn out to only have gigs that pay enough per assignment to fill your gas tank.

Skip those gigs, and move on to sites that pay better rates.

Sites that pay freelance writers $100 and up

In this list of 27 sites that pay freelance writers, we’ve identified new markets we haven’t featured before. And even though these sites represent a variety of different niches (e.g. finance, parenting, health, technology, travel, etc.) they all have one thing in common.

These are sites that pay $100 or more for blog posts, articles, essays, tutorials, and other types of writing assignments.

The way you’re going to land a gig with one of these sites that pay $100-plus, is by writing a solid query letter, pitching a well-thought out blog post, or sending a customized LOI (letter of introduction).

Have you been looking for sites that pay better rates? Check out this list. Squeeze your marketing muscles, and start pitching to earn $100 or more per assignment.

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30 Free In-Person Networking Opportunities For Freelance Writers

In-person networking opportunities for freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com

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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Online Writing Portfolio: 5 Ways to Design Yours to Dazzle Clients

5 ways to design a dazzling online writing portfolio. Makealivingwriting.com

What would you do if a prospect asked to see your writing portfolio right now?

In the perfect world, you’d point them to a link that shows off your best work. Why? Every potential client wants to see samples of your writing to find out if you’re the right fit.

You’ve got an online writing portfolio, right?

If you’re laughing nervously now because you don’t, or you have one but you know it needs help, that’s OK. I’m going to show you how to create one.

Your writing portfolio is one of your most important marketing tools to attract and impress potential clients.

Point a prospect to your portfolio, and you want to capture their attention with an attractive and appealing design and great writing so they hire you.

If your writing portfolio is confusing or uninviting, the prospect might click away and never return. And it doesn’t have to be that way.

Here are some ways to design a dazzling online writing portfolio:

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The Unusual Business Writing Niche That Pays $500 an Hour

Earn more in this unusual business writing niche. Makealivingwriting.com

My freelance career was off to a dismal start. It was nothing but low-paying gigs, flaky clients, and race-to-the-bottom bidding on content mill sites. Then I discovered an unusual business writing niche that changed everything.

Two small business start-up clients asked me to write content designed to attract investors to help fund their business ideas.

But these entrepreneurs weren’t looking for angel investors with millions of dollars. They were going to get funding in a different way. And they needed someone who could blend copywriting and business writing to ramp up.

It didn’t take long to discover that I liked this unusual business writing niche. Write copy to promote a business idea, help entrepreneurs, and see an idea turn into a physical product or service.

And the pay? It’s been two years since I discovered this unusual business writing niche. It took a little work to understand it, but now I regularly earn $500 per hour.

Curious? I’ve carved out a niche writing crowdfunding campaigns. And so can you. Here’s what you need to know.

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