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Write and Get Paid

Earn a living doing what you love!

How to Find Great Writing Clients that Value Your Skills!

on April 7, 2014

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Yes, these people are out there– but you will not find them by scouring Freelancer; many people there are looking for writers to put together masterpiece articles for a dollar or two apiece. There are some great clients, but it takes a lot of weeding through junk offers to find good ones. I should qualify these statements by saying that if you do happen to luck upon a good client on a site like Freelancer, ODesk, or ELance, they are likely to be quite loyal if you write great content for them!

Remember: Writing and online marketing skills are in extreme demand , and there is no reason to settle for pennies.

mighty mouseYou have to get outside your comfort zone and go after the work and the clients you want! The alternative to online sites  is to get busy marketing your business.  I can hear the groans now, and I know the comments I will get. “I’m a writer! I don’t do marketing!”  Really, what you are is a business owner– and you must wear a number of different hats.  The good news is, as writers we make great marketing professionals because we already have such awesome super writing powers!

Here are a few good places to look for awesome clients:

Linkedin:  If you have been ignoring the business and career site since you are a freelancer, you are making a big mistake! After all, Linkedin is all about business; none of the other superfluous “stuff” that is all over Facebook and other social networks– and that is what makes it a great place to do business! Be sure to fill your profile out fully and use those keywords that people in need of a writer would use. Interact on groups and answer questions pertaining to writing and freelancing. Check out the people who view your profile and contact them if they seem like  potential prospects. Check out the jobs list too, and contact those companies— they obviously need a writer! Linkedin also just launched a micro-site for small businesses that helps with info on business pages and other questions you might have about it, so you can more effectively market your business on the platform.

ProBlogger: Darren Rowse has been writing for over a decade about how to make money with writing skills. I have learned a lot from the great articles he writes for all of us. What is more, he also offers a job board where writers and companies that need writers and bloggers can hook up.

MediaBistro: Media Bistro offers lots of information about writing, marketing, and social media, and they also provide training courses in the different areas. Aside from that awesome content, they offer a job board filled with awesome and relevant jobs in the writing niche.

Locally

Many writers totally neglect their natural market that is all around them, and this is a big mistake. If you help a local business gain traffic, revenue and sales, not only will it make you feel great, but it will bring you loads of referral business! It is well worth $10 to get some business cards that you can pass to people you meet on a daily basis that need your services.

Restaurants/stores: Ever been to a restaurant or shop that was really awesome, but did not have much business? Look them up online– chances are they don’t have a website or a Facebook page– or if they do, it has not been updated since 2011! Ask to speak with the owner or manager and offer your services right then and there.

Chamber of Commerce: There are many, many more businesses in your town than you will ever come in contact networkingwith. The Chamber of Commerce is a good place to find some (but not all, only those who have joined) of those businesses so that you can contact them and offer your services.

Newspapers/Magazines: Print publications still need writers all the time, so get in touch and see if you can help. Likewise, if you happen to be reading one and notice errors (this happens ALL the time lately, it seems!) send them a gently worded letter or email mentioning that you can provide writing, proofreading and editing services.

Networking groups: Join local business networking groups and get involved. Do not do a hard sell in these places, but mention what you do and offer free advice when someone is struggling with their content writing or marketing. You will soon find people asking for further assistance and help. Remember, most people are busy running their business, and writing and online marketing is outside their realm, plus they just often don’t have the time to do it! Step up and step in! They will love you for it.

What other tips do you have for finding amazing clients? Please share so that we can all benefit!

 

 

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  1. Shared it here too, great article Denise!

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  2. becca says:

    Awesome article i didn’t realize any of this. Oh and i had to share it.

  3. Those are great tips. I don’t accept guest posts on my site, but I know a lot of others do and it’s a great way to get published.

  4. Gingermommy says:

    Great list you have here. I bet it will be handy for many new and seasoned bloggers (Kim)

  5. Hilary says:

    Great article. Since email marketing is so important to businesses, I found that more are hiring writers for that alone–at least to start. That and web copy. If you can start with a niche to establish clients and references, then it tends to be easier to expand from there.

  6. I used to be a freelance writer until my special needs kid was born. Now I’ve turned to blogging…. the hustle for clients was just too much for me.

  7. Kandi says:

    So true! If you want your work noticed you have to market yourself! I will be sharing this article.

  8. Thanks for posting this. It’ll come in very handy!

  9. Amanda @ Erickson and Co. says:

    Thanks for the ideas! I love the tips to find local clients.

  10. It’s so important to know your worth when it comes to accepting writing gigs. You are right that online writers are greatly in demand.

  11. MediaBistro is one of my top websites when it comes to job hunting! Great tips!

  12. […] Yes, these people are out there– but you will not find them by scouring Freelancer; many people there are looking for writers to put together masterpiece articles for a dollar or two apiece. There…  […]

  13. Michelle F. says:

    I haven’t heard of those site. I will definitely be looking into them.

  14. Tiffany says:

    This is such a great article!! Thanks so much for putting this list together!

  15. This is a great post, lot’s of useful information that I didn’t know about

  16. Terry says:

    What great tips. I only wish I could write and writing my blog I sure can tell I am not a writer… but I don’t care. I am having a blast.

  17. Great article. The reminder not to ignore the local market is an excellent point that many don’t think of.

  18. Lady Lilith says:

    Thanks for all the amazing tips. As a photographer I know how hard it is to make a profit I cannot image how hard it is to wright. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Ashley Gill says:

    Networking and Marketing are the only way small businesses can survive. You have to get your name out there, because no one else is going to!

  20. Wow thanks for the information! I’m going to be checking these sites out!

  21. Pam says:

    I know many people who have gotten great jobs and opportunities through LinkedIn. Thanks for sharing this info!

  22. These are great tips. I’m no longer writing professionally but I did most all of these things when looking for clients while I did.

  23. Sarah Bailey says:

    What a great article – to be honest I am no good at this sort of thing, I have some friends who are great at finding and keeping opps. x

  24. Thanks for sharing these tips. It can often be hard to find good clients who don’t expect miracles to happen. You need a client who has realistic expectations and who understands you’re the expert.

  25. lawna says:

    I have a Linkedin account, but never respond, nor use it. I am definitely going to have to start using it more.

  26. Annie says:

    Great tips! Guest posts are a great way to getting closer to being published :)

  27. Triplezmom says:

    Those are excellent suggestions. I keep meaning to go around to some local places, but I keep putting it off!

  28. I would really like to do more “serious” writing but didn’t know how and where to look. Thanks for these tips. Will use as a guide.

  29. Veronica says:

    There seems to be a lot of writing opportunities out there these days

  30. Liz Mays says:

    I’ve actually never looked to find places like that. However, the sources you quoted are really good.

  31. Nicole Brady says:

    Great tips. My husband and I were just talking about this yesterday. I would be happy to trade work with local businesses but haven’t reached out since I’ve had other projects. As I expand, I plan to do that!

  32. toni says:

    These are great tips. There are so many opps out there now a days..I am fiding linked in a great resource

  33. Maria says:

    Great information!! Very useful to many writers looking to create content!

  34. Back again just to let you know I’ve bookmarked this post and plan to use your info! Thanks again!

  35. Amanda @ Erickson and Co. says:

    I always enjoy reading your tips about writing. Thanks for sharing, they definitely help me!

  36. Emily says:

    WOW! Great resources here. I think that people often overlook what is immediately around them – partnering with local businesses can be a great way to build your portfolio AND wallet!

  37. Great information, very useful for writers and bloggers trying to get their name out their

  38. This is a fantastic post! Thank you for sharing all of these resources! You rock!!!

  39. Veronica says:

    This is a great post. There are so many hungry writers out there so this will be a great resource for them

  40. I have a couple friends that will love this article. I will definitely share it with them.

  41. Melanie says:

    I know most the sites not one of them though. I’ll check it out! THanks for sharing

  42. Pam says:

    This is great information and I know it will be helpful to many of us. I will have to check out ProBlogger.

  43. Erica says:

    Thanks for sharing these excellent tips. I love to hear about various organizations and companies that truly appreciate a writer’s time!

  44. These are some good tips for writers looking to make some connections. Great job!

  45. Amber NElson says:

    This is a very good article. Great tips.

  46. Amber NElson says:

    Great tips. It is hard to find a good reliable client!

  47. Alison says:

    Those are some great ideas for finding writing work. I’ve been considering freelancing, but I wasn’t entirely sure where to start looking for clients – this definitely gives me some options to consider!

  48. Amanda Her says:

    What a great list of resources. I’m sure this list will come in handy one day.

  49. LisaLisa says:

    Great article, you have shared some very valuable resources. I’m going to bookmark your site. Thanks!

  50. Michelle F. says:

    Those are some great tips. I have to really look into those sites.

  51. THANK YOU for this post! It was my 2014 resolution to turn my love of writing into a freelance CAREER. You have given me some excellent resources here.

  52. Thanks for this information. I am on my way to a few of these sites now.

  53. Veronica Lee says:

    This is such a great article!! Thanks for all the helpful tips. I am bookmarking this – I’m certain this list will come in handy one day.

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