I recently came across some of your posts after searching for new ways to find and pitch freelance writing clients. While I’ve been working as a freelancer for a few years now, it never hurts to look for ways to expand my business. There’s a lot of crap out there on the Web that offers the same old suggestions for locating writing clients (usually accompanied by a heavy sales pitch to sign up for an expensive workshop). This article offered fresh ideas and unique details about the standard job sources–I was really impressed! Thank you! I am going to put some of these ideas into my business plan this month.
Your article is helpful, and I plan to try some of these. Over the last couple years I’ve inadvertently picked up some writing jobs by good fortune that have paid .30 – .50/word, but writing was always a sideline. Now I want to do more of it – but searches are yielding abysmal and depressing results. My content is rarely and minimally edited (by professional editors)and I turn it in on time with solid grammar and syntax. I’ve been looking and finding gigs at .01/word or less. No wonder so much of the writing I read on the web is crap, including articles written by those who don’t know the difference between “less” and “fewer.” I hope your tips will help me find some quality gigs. After all, my name is attached to it even if there’s no byline.
I just discovered your blog and want to say how right on you are about the above. I’ve reached a dead end with freelance writing and after reading some of your posts, I have learned some of the reasons why, like not having an online presence for example! You’re also absolutely right about bidding sites (which was in another post). I’ve tried them before and they weren’t helpful. Anywho, I wanted to ask about #10. It seems like a great tip! But am wondering how open the web design companies are to providing writers with a list of people in need of web content? I definitely want to try this out.
As a university educated interior designer and with over 10 years very successful experience in high level international recruitment marketing and HR project management as well as over two years intensive online and social media experience I am now offering my work and expertise here on UPWORK. My upbringing as well as my education has been bilingual German/English, I consider myself a native German speaker and absolutely fluent in English. I was working with Fortune 500 companies consulting businesses in the retail, automotive and engineering sectors during my cooperate years as well as small business and start-up entrepreneurs. Quitting my successful cooperate world career two years ago and pursing freelancing full time has given me the freedom to combine my expertise in HR, Recruitment Marketing and Project Management with my strong passion for Social Media Marketing (and a design background is also always helpful in the “pretty” SM marketing world). I am proficient in Microsoft Office and familiar with Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs and Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest etc. In regards to frequently used systems in the social media world I have very good knowledge of squarespace, wix, leadpages, canva.com, picmonkey, mailchimp, filmora/wondershare, microsoft movie maker, webinarjam, zoom, digistore24 as well as scheduling softwares like hootsuite and buffer and course platforms like teachable or udemy. I have created copy for online ads, promotional e-mails, job ads, info brochures, CVs etc. I am experienced in writing appropriate content for blogs, fb ad, job ad, tweets, doing extensive online research as well as in designing attractive visual marketing posts, ebooks or presentations representing your brand as well supporting members in Facebook Groups. Trying to always learn more and to be up-to-date with the latest ideas and trends in the social media world I am strongly following the work of experts like Amy Porterfield, Rick Mulready, Michael A. Stelzner, Jon Morrow, Derek Halpern, Kimra Luna and many more. Services & support I offer include but are not limited to classic Social Media support and VA tasks to translations English/German, copy writing for social media or blog posts, project management, planning and set up recruitment strategies for small business, interview preps, candidate pre-screenings & support during interviews, full recruitment management as well as CV and job ad copy for the German speaking job market. I am pretty flexible with respect to working hours. Deadlines are sacred for me and I will work closely with you always trying to fulfill my client’s expectations. Many people would say that Germans are usually known for being reliable, professional, perfectionists and delivering work on time…and this German here is exactly one of these Germans. :) I do have to say that I also expect the same professional behavior and partnership from my clients. You have questions or queries? You have a business and plan to take it online to the social media world but do not know where to start? You want to get started on THAT project, that you had on your mind for so long but no time to do it all yourself? You are looking for a reliable partner to take care of your small business social media needs but do not want to hire a full time staff member yet? Then contact me NOW and let us get started!
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Thank you so much for replying, Elna! Thank you for all of the information you provide on here. Your advice and posts have given me a lot to work with during this time of dead ends instead of beating my head against the wall trying to figure out how to get more work. I’m at the point where I am down to one job while the other is communicating less and less with me so it’s making me nervous. Thank you, thank you, thank you for providing this resource!
My ideal writer is looking for an opportunity to get 5* feedback and steady work. I am looking for someone who is… * A Native English Speaker (USA or Great Britain) * Has writing experience amazon affiliate content ( most important condition ) * College educated * Experienced or Newer to freelancer and looking for experience/exposure * Returning to the workforce and hungry to prove th...
Need a professionally written article of 1000 words which illustrates the dark side of Bottled water in the USA. You should outline the dangers of bottled water in the USA. Please understand that my website tries to URGE people in the USA to buy water filters (which I sell from Amazon via my website) by invoking the real dangers in the TAP water...bottled water should not be the solution. Tap Wat...
Thank you for the post! I’m a bit overwhelmed at the wealth of content I am about to scour on your site. Hours of learning, here I come! I received my first two clients a month ago (one from my dad who is a web developer and the other upon referral from my first client). I am serious about gaining more clients and setting out as a full-time writer, but the process of finding new clients has always intimidated me. I am excited to apply your advice. Congratulations, you just won a new “stalker.” 😉
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Thank you so much for replying, Elna! Thank you for all of the information you provide on here. Your advice and posts have given me a lot to work with during this time of dead ends instead of beating my head against the wall trying to figure out how to get more work. I’m at the point where I am down to one job while the other is communicating less and less with me so it’s making me nervous. Thank you, thank you, thank you for providing this resource! #multilingual copywriting
By far this is the best and most informational site I have found thus far, I have trouble trying to narrow down my niche , I also read on another freelance writing blog, that knowing marketing strategies, and things like SEO is needed to be successful. I am pretty good at writing but I don’t know about online, especially for blogs and companies. I mostly like to write fiction story’s and academic papers. I have noticed that the better paying jobs are copywriting, writing or starting a blog and jobs like that. Do your course help to write better, as well as help with narrowing down a niche? Some of the information out here is so confusing. Thank you so much in advance!
I noticed that you suggested creating health content for a client. I am a retired medical practitioner with a secondary degree and experience in areas related to public health and safety. I believe I could be helpful by writing content for, or at least editing for, medical science or public health entities. I’m willing to cold-pitch but don’t know where to find these. I’m not even sure of whether cold- pitching is best for the sciences or public service. Please advise?
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I am totally new to this. I stumbled across a site on my facebook news feed for “freelance writers”. My curiosity led me to discover that such a thing exist. I enjoy writing mainly for my school assignments and topics that I am passionate about just leads to words flowing effortlessly from my head. I think I really want to learn more about this now that I have discovered it’s a thing! Glad your very informative post was the first I read. Now I am even more interested. I am also stunned by your dedication to respond to each person’s response. You really love what you do.

I have been interested in writing extensively since a very young age, writing either poetry, novels, short stories etc. Eventually I ended up in the corporate sector writing business plans, marketing plans and various other corporate documents. But freelance writing has been in my blood, just never really had the inspiration to follow this dream of mine. I will apply your guidelines and intend to forge a new career path in freelance writing. I don’t think it would be a problem that I am living in South Africa since the internet has created a global community…
As a university educated interior designer and with over 10 years very successful experience in high level international recruitment marketing and HR project management as well as over two years intensive online and social media experience I am now offering my work and expertise here on UPWORK. My upbringing as well as my education has been bilingual German/English, I consider myself a native German speaker and absolutely fluent in English. I was working with Fortune 500 companies consulting businesses in the retail, automotive and engineering sectors during my cooperate years as well as small business and start-up entrepreneurs. Quitting my successful cooperate world career two years ago and pursing freelancing full time has given me the freedom to combine my expertise in HR, Recruitment Marketing and Project Management with my strong passion for Social Media Marketing (and a design background is also always helpful in the “pretty” SM marketing world). I am proficient in Microsoft Office and familiar with Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs and Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest etc. In regards to frequently used systems in the social media world I have very good knowledge of squarespace, wix, leadpages, canva.com, picmonkey, mailchimp, filmora/wondershare, microsoft movie maker, webinarjam, zoom, digistore24 as well as scheduling softwares like hootsuite and buffer and course platforms like teachable or udemy. I have created copy for online ads, promotional e-mails, job ads, info brochures, CVs etc. I am experienced in writing appropriate content for blogs, fb ad, job ad, tweets, doing extensive online research as well as in designing attractive visual marketing posts, ebooks or presentations representing your brand as well supporting members in Facebook Groups. Trying to always learn more and to be up-to-date with the latest ideas and trends in the social media world I am strongly following the work of experts like Amy Porterfield, Rick Mulready, Michael A. Stelzner, Jon Morrow, Derek Halpern, Kimra Luna and many more. Services & support I offer include but are not limited to classic Social Media support and VA tasks to translations English/German, copy writing for social media or blog posts, project management, planning and set up recruitment strategies for small business, interview preps, candidate pre-screenings & support during interviews, full recruitment management as well as CV and job ad copy for the German speaking job market. I am pretty flexible with respect to working hours. Deadlines are sacred for me and I will work closely with you always trying to fulfill my client’s expectations. Many people would say that Germans are usually known for being reliable, professional, perfectionists and delivering work on time…and this German here is exactly one of these Germans. :) I do have to say that I also expect the same professional behavior and partnership from my clients. You have questions or queries? You have a business and plan to take it online to the social media world but do not know where to start? You want to get started on THAT project, that you had on your mind for so long but no time to do it all yourself? You are looking for a reliable partner to take care of your small business social media needs but do not want to hire a full time staff member yet? Then contact me NOW and let us get started!
How brilliant you are Elna. I went through your website and I could feel such positivity in your words. I really want to congratulate you on the kind of person you have turned out to be. There are very few people who sound as enlightened as you do. Your help through the words on this blog will definitely help me because if they don’t I don’t know what would. Keep it up Elna, go as far as the wind.
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