What is the secret of finding a world-class freelance writing job quickly?
This post will reveal the secret of finding freelance writing jobs without fail. I will walk you through the steps that every freelance writer could use to improve their chances of finding writing jobs.
I’ve come to realise that the main issue freelance writers are faced with at the beginning of their careers is not being able to find a steady stream of clients.
How does a writer earn a living?
Writers who choose the route to publish their books, earn their living from book sales and other publications they sell.
Freelance writing is another way writers can earn a living.
However, to find the right jobs is the main obstacle for many unless they know how to sell themselves.
Hopefully, by the time you finish reading this article, you will be able to write a bid that wins you a good contract.
This post is also a continuation of my earlier post, Writing Freelance Jobs.
Unlike a novelist whose primary focus is to get a book published, a freelance writer works on different projects and at times writing for different clients.
A freelance writer’s priority is to find great clients that sustain a steady flow of income but this does not come easy.
This leaves us with a question.
What does it take for a freelance writer to get a reliable pool of clients?
- You need to know where to search for jobs and who to send your application to.
- Do some digging – do some research to find the type of proposal or the type of CV that lands you the right clients. Most importantly, how much you will get paid.
- Write a good profile that stands out. Why would a freelance writer need a profile?
Benefits of a profile
The best secret for your career progression as a freelance writer is having a great profile.
A profile is that strategic place where you market yourself.
Write a profile summary.
A summary simply means a brief or short version of your profile. It does an excellent job to sells your key skills including your work experience.
How to write a winning proposal for freelance writing jobs?
Writing a winning proposal should not be taken lightly because it’s like refining your toolkit for personal branding.
Make a strong first impression. You can achieve that by including the following steps in your proposal.
- Introduce yourself
It’s easier to introduce yourself if you’ve already done so in your profile. Tell the client why you want to be allowed to work on the project.
- Are you qualified for the freelance writer job and do you understand what it involves?
It’s your opportunity to demonstrate that you understand the project at hand and that you are the best person (writer) to do it.
- Customise your profile to meet the customer’s needs.
To meet the customer’s needs pay attention to detail and show your client that you have read the fine threads to the proposal.
Pull things out, the minor details and explanations needed.
Take time to read the job specifications.
You may be asked to answer certain questions. To avoid missing any details, take time to read the job specifications to grasp what is required of you.
Give examples to support your answers to prove that you have done certain jobs.
If you haven’t done them, just say so. It’s equally good to give examples of something related to what you would have done.
If you feel you have no examples to give, the best way is to pick a different job.
Write a profile summary.
A summary simply means a brief or short version of your profile. It does an excellent job to sell your key skills including your work experience.
Don’t include everything in your profile summary.
A brief introduction.
It must be an introduction about yourself, your skills, qualifications and what you have to offer.
Give your potential clients the assurance that you are the real deal and you are capable to perform the job roles.
Specify your line of work.
Explain the type of work you specialise in as a professional freelance writer.
Feel free to use your work title, the areas of work you specialize in or your tagline.
You need to give examples of how well you have carried out similar tasks in the past using the STAR guide.
The Situation you were in, Tasks you accomplished, the Actions you took leading to the successful execution of duties and the Results (STAR).
4. Client Feedback
Highlight the feedback you have received from your clients as evidence to back up your achievements.
5. Engaging Video
To enhance your profile, you need to think outside the box.
For example, use an engaging video to build an engaging portfolio.
6. Ensure The Job You Do Matches Your Niche.
The job description and work history you give should be more targeted to the niche you specialise in.
In other words, craft your work history in such a way that it is targeted to the job that is advertised.
7. Learn How To Bid.
Make sure you bid the correct pricing by cross-checking with other freelance writers to find out what they are charging.
Figure out the number of hours you need and then double them. If you underbid, you end up not happy. So it is always better to overbid.
State your pay rate You should indicate your desired hourly pay rate.
Hopefully, this post ‘The Best 7 Tips For Freelance Jobs’ will help you to find jobs to sustain a steady inflow of income.