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How to Find Great Writing Clients that Value Your Skills!

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!

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6 Ways to Nab Clients and Satisfy Them

This guest post was written by Elizabeth Cutten.  You can find more of her work at FindBizCards.com, a business blog helping entrepreneurs with tips, tricks and more.

I’ve been writing online for quite some time now, and while I’ve ventured off onto my own things, I still have some rather large clients on the side.  Today, I wanted to share some tips with you on how I gathered up clients online, and how I’ve been able to work from my home for almost four years now.

Attract clients virtually and keep them.

Now, I’m not the best writer in the world, but what you will find out is that so many business owners online just get sick of the outsourced garbage that is spewed out.  If you can follow these six tips below, I can assure you that you can find a few clients that will pay just about every bill that you have today.

#1 You will have to be consistent

If you receive a project, you must live up to their demands.  If they want 100 articles in 10 days, you will have to do this.  Don’t make broken promises, because not only will this hurt your reputation, you’re going to lose the job very fast, trust me.

#2 Know everything about the project

When you’re ready to bid on a project, or apply for a job, make sure that you know everything about the project.  Are you going to be able to do the work?  How much time do you have?  What kind of template do you need to follow?  The more you know, the happier they will be.  Never be afraid to ask questions about the work.

#3 Bid on projects online

Some of my favorite project sites are Elance.com, GetAFreeLancer.com, as well as oDesk.com.  These are all great sites where you can sign, bid on projects and find new work to do.  If you work hard, you will find that a lot of them will lead to full time gigs.

#4 Post your services online

Places like Elance allow you to advertise your services online, where people can find you.  The key here is to make sure that you have a page that sells, as well as a good feedback rating.  You may sometimes find that you’re going to have to work under what you usually make, in order to get some clients to leave feedback.

#5 Write on big sites and promote yourself

Places like EzineArticles, and HubPages allow you to publish your works, and in exchange, you can place a link at the end of your article, or even within it.  This is a great way to promote your own service.   What I have done is create an services based page explaining what I do, and what I can do for you.  The key here is to make sure that you’re writing articles that target your customers.

#6 Write for other people / blogs

Guest posting is a great way to reach out to other people.  As you can see, I’m doing that right now!  Just write something that is unique, creative, as well as something that they will want to post.  Link back to your site, and this is a great way to not only brand yourself, but get the word out to other readers that may be interested in your services.

While gaining some clients may take time, you will find that if you do a good enough job, the word of mouth will spread fast.  You will want to trust me on this one.  If you truly believe that you want to be a freelancer in anything out there, if you can picture it, you can do it!

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