9 Ways to Find Freelance Writing Clients Who Will Actually Pay You

how to get freelance writing clients

This guest article is written by veteran freelance writer Sarah Russell.

Over the past month, Onibalusi has shared a ton of great information about working as a freelance writer – including everything from writer productivity tips to freelance writing challenges to some of the lessons he’s learned working as a freelance writer.

(And seriously – if you haven’t read those posts yet, go do so right away. Oni’s got some good advice to share if you’re serious about earning money online as a freelance writer!)

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But his recent post titled, “Why You Might Never EVER Make Money as a Freelance Writer,” got me thinking. While I think there’s a lot of merit to the factors he included that might prevent someone from earning a living as a freelance writer, I think he’s missing one of the most obvious reasons. Simply put – you won’t ever make money as a freelance writer if you don’t have any clients!

So today, I want to share with you some of the resources that have helped me make money as a freelance writer. I’ve been getting paid to write since 2007 in various capacities, from writing as a part-time job to supplement my day job all the way up to running my own content agency with a staff of 7 writers. I hope you find them useful as you begin your journey to making money as a freelance writer!

Finding Freelance Writing Jobs Online

Let me start out this section by saying that one of the worst things I think you could do as a beginning freelance writer is to go out and start bidding for jobs on sites like Guru or Elance. Your results may vary, but after experimenting with them several times over the past few years, here’s what I’ve found:

  • You’ll spend less time writing and more time bidding for jobs (which you won’t even get noticed for if you don’t upgrade to the expensive premium profiles on these sites). Don’t forget – you don’t get paid to draft and submit job proposals…
  • You’ll get beat up on price. If you’re comfortable getting paid $.01/word or less, go for it. But if you’re worth more than that, stick to your guns and stay away from these “race to the bottom” sites.
  • You’ll wind up being asked to do more than the original scope of your bid. Whether it’s adding a few extra rounds of revisions or writing longer articles than originally requested, it’s incredibly common for employers on these sites to ask you to do more than the original contract without extra pay.

I’m also not going to use this section to tell you about revenue sharing sites that’ll give you a portion of the ad income generated by the articles you post (I’m looking at you – Associated Content…). Although there’s certainly a time and a place for that, I’d rather focus on sites that guarantee a payment for the work I’ve done.

So where can you find good freelance writing jobs online from clients who will actually pay? The following are some of the resources that have yielded the best results for me:

Problogger Job Board – Over the last few months, I’ve been ramping up my freelance writing business again after taking some time off to focus on affiliate marketing, and the Problogger Job Board has been the single resource that’s contributed the most to the $2,000-$3,000/month I’m now bringing in as a part-time freelance writer. Seriously, I think I owe Darren Rowse a pretty big fruit basket…

To get started, simply click over to the board and look for posts that interest you and meet your income criteria. Each listing will specify how the poster wants you to apply, but most of the jobs listed here will involve sending a resume and writing samples for consideration. Simply follow the instructions in each posting in order to be considered for these writing positions.

Warrior Forum Warriors for Hire Board – The thing I love about this particular WF board is that it gives you a chance to interact directly with content marketers – my favorite type of writing clients. These people always have a need for fresh articles, and the true professionals know how much a good article can be worth (which means no writing for a few bucks per article…).

By putting up a listing here (or by responding to posts in the Warrior Forum “Wanted” board), you’re putting yourself directly in front of the content marketers, increasing your odds of finding online freelance writing work that pays.

(On a side note, if you’re active with the Warrior Forum, I don’t recommend running WSOs for your writing services. The people looking for WSOs are looking for immediate gratification, and I’ve found that posting article writing specials – which require follow-up and waiting – don’t perform as well as product download WSOs.)

Flippa – Yes, that Flippa – the place where you can buy and sell websites. It sounds goofy at first, but think about it – where else can you get as much information about websites, their content strategies and the people who own them than from Flippa product listings? For example, if you tracked the listings on the site and found a content-rich site that’s just been sold, why not shoot the buyer an email asking if he or she anticipates needing writers in the future?

And before you dismiss this option entirely, know that my first major writing contract (which wound up topping out at $4,000/month) came about because the company that bought a blog I was selling on the site liked my writing style so much that they asked me to write for more of their websites. If you want to learn more about how I took this single contract and turned it into a five-figure content agency, check out my free series titled, “How to Start an Article Writing Service“.

Social Media/Internet Marketing Consultants – Another favorite strategy of mine is to pair up with social media and internet marketing consultants. These are people who approach other businesses (both online and offline) and offer to help them improve their websites’ performance. The thing about these people is that they often have a need for content for the websites they’re advising, but they’re usually too busy to do it themselves.

Unfortunately, there’s no master directory of social media or internet marketing consultants out there, but you can find plenty of people to connect with by simply Googling terms like “social media consultant” or “internet marketing consultant”, or by hanging out in the forums where they discuss strategy. Once you’ve identified a few candidates, a nice email sharing your experience and a few writing samples is a good way to get your foot in the door – even if they don’t have any work for you immediately.

Learn Copywriting – The kind of long-form copywriting that’s frequently used to sell products online is a particular type of writing that’s always in demand. It can be tricky to learn, as the goal of this type of writing is to employ advanced psychological triggers to make sales, but if you’re willing to invest time in improving your technique, it can pay off big time.

The cream of the crop copywriters can earn upwards of $30,000-$50,000 for a single sales letter, although it’s not uncommon for less experienced writers to make $2,000-$5,000 for average quality work. To develop your copywriting skills, subscribe to the Copyblogger website and post test writing pieces for critique on the Warrior Forum Copywriting Forum. As your skills improve, you’ll likely find plenty of potential clients within this forum alone.

Offline Options for Freelance Writers

For the record, all of my writing experience has occurred online, in part because I’ve had no trouble finding enough work to keep me busy this way. However, there’s a great big world out there – and plenty of people who need good content written – so I wanted to share a few of the best offline options for finding freelance writing work as well.

Advertising and Marketing Agencies – Ad agencies and marketing firms have a constant need for content, whether its written material for their clients’ websites, ad copy or other promotional materials. And given the current economic recession, many of these businesses are cutting expenses by eliminating staff writing positions and shifting their writing work to freelancers instead.

To connect with these companies, research agencies in your local area or firms around the world that specialize in an industry with which you have personal experience. Once you have a few potential contacts, call them up and find out if they ever take on freelance writers and who specifically is in charge of hiring for these positions. Send a portfolio to these people and follow up with them periodically to see if they have projects you can help with.

Small Technical Firms – The ideal candidate here is a small company in a technical field (think computer software developers, medical product manufacturers or other engineering firms with their own products) that’s large enough to launch its own commercial product but still too small to have a writer on staff.

These agencies often have an enormous need for technical writers to work on things like white papers, support documentation and SOPs. If you’re a detail-oriented writer who doesn’t mind the tediousness of writing “how-to” manuals, there’s plenty of work to be found in this field.

Large Fortune 500 Companies – Increasingly, large corporations are moving away from hiring salaried writers in favor of outsourcing work to freelancers. However, writing itself can be difficult to outsource, given the challenges resulting from having work done by a non-native language speaker. For this reason, many of these companies hire freelance writers from within the countries where the content will be deployed.

Non-Profit Organizations – Although the pay might not be as high as what you’ll find working with for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations are notorious for running short-staffed. What this means is that, although they frequently need content for member materials, press releases and more, they rarely have someone on staff with the necessary skills.

Finding work with both large Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations is similar to the process described above for contacting ad agencies. Find the companies you want to work for, figure out who’s doing the hiring and then forward on your materials. Follow up, but don’t be too pushy – remember, hiring managers are often busy and over-worked. If you contact them too frequently or come across as being too demanding, you can bet that your portfolio will be headed for the waste bin!

If you’re interested in pursuing offline freelance writing work, I highly recommend the “Well Fed Writer” series by Peter Bowerman. His books have tons of great information about building a portfolio, finding clients and managing multiple writing contracts, and can usually be found for free at your local library.

Are you currently earning money as a freelance writer using any of these methods? Or do you have another strategy aspiring writers can use to find clients and make money by freelancing? Share your experiences in the comments below!

Sarah Russell is a freelance writer and affiliate marketer who blogs about ethical internet business on her site, Common Sense Marketing. To learn more about how she launched a five-figure content writing service or to see the exact strategies she used to take a group of internet marketers from newbies to successful webmasters in eight weeks, stop by today! (PS – Don’t miss her totally free, no pitch “25 Steps to Awesome Marketing” email newsletter series!)

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  • http://azblogtips.com Tinh

    Excellent post. Flippa is a great place that I have worked with for a while. Not yet tried the other ways. Thanks for your suggestions

    • http://www.commonsensemarketing.net Sarah Russell

      Thanks so much for reading!

  • http://blogdesignteam.com/ Liane | Blog Design Team

    I’ve tried some freelance writing before (just to see for myself) and I’ve mostly got short gigs in oDesk and Digital Point Forum(much more diverse compared to Warrior Forum though I’d say DP is a race to the bottom with regards to payments).

    The Flippa idea sure sounds logical! Surely it would work with other services that needs outsourcing *light bulb moment here*!

    Gee Thanks!

    • http://www.commonsensemarketing.net Sarah Russell

      Thanks! I haven’t advertised on DP before, but I’ve heard pretty much the same thing. At least on the Warrior Forum, I’ve had better luck finding people who understand what good writing is worth.

  • http://www.brandstrategy.co.za Michael Said

    Informative post and I am sure that freelance writers will really appreciate this. Thanks for sharing and I will be sure to pass this onto my colleagues that are looking for freelance writing work.

    • http://www.commonsensemarketing.net Sarah Russell

      Thanks – I appreciate you sharing it with your colleagues :)

  • http://www.jamienorthrup.com/blog Jamie Northrup

    You have some great ideas here Sarah, I do have customers, but I can always use more, I really like the Flippa idea, it’s great because of the thousands of websites that are on sale you can find ones for niches that you want to write about so that’s really cool. Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.commonsensemarketing.net Sarah Russell

      Thanks Jamie :) The Flippa one is a fun one, and there are a handful of other website selling sites out there that this technique can be applied to as well.

  • http://www.intotopic.com/ Robin

    I recently started freelance writing for websites and this article is very helpful for me.

    • http://www.commonsensemarketing.net Sarah Russell

      Thanks!

  • http://www.commonsensemarketing.net Sarah Russell

    Thanks Oni for the opportunity to post here! I’m having a total geeky fan girl moment seeing my name in print on your site :)

    If anyone has questions about finding work as a freelance writer, I’m happy to help!!!

    • http://www.youngprepro.com/about Onibalusi

      Aha Sarah! This is one guest post I can say I’m proud to publish! You’re welcome :)

      • http://techatlast.com Olawale Daniel@Technology Blog

        Hi Oni,

        Thanks for sharing this post with us here. It is really cool and informative :)

      • http://www.kevinkimes.com Kevin Kimes

        Thank you, Sarah and Oni!

        I was actually preparing to launch an ad in the Warriors For Hire forum, right before I got an urge to take a peek here.

        I’m sure thankful for that urge, as this article is exactly on target for me.

        Hopefully, this will enable me to pick up a client or two first thing tomorrow, so I can keep the bills paid.

        Any tips for getting clients FAST, would be much appreciated. :)

        • http://www.commonsensemarketing.net Sarah Russell

          Thanks! Probably the fastest way I’ve found writing clients is through the Problogger board. If you have good writing samples to share, I can’t imagine it’d take too long to find something there.

    • VICTOR KERVIN OTIENO

      Hi am a male kenyan citizen who has just finished form4 and is talented in computer and internet i would apreciate if you help me find online jobs that can be caried out by a internet enabled mobile phone.Thanks.

  • http://www.blast4trafficnow.net Michael @Blast4Trafficnow

    Great post Sarah, I never knew about flippa and getting freelance writing jobs from there. I’m going to give it a try. Although, I’ve 2 clients now and I got them through direct contact via their website.

    I simply visited their site, click on the contact tab and shoot them an email asking if they need freelance writer.

    Fortunately, 2 out of 7 contacts agreed and that’s how I started. Freelance writing is profitable, we need to be patient and explore several angles. It works.

    • http://www.commonsensemarketing.net Sarah Russell

      Michael – Thanks for sharing :) Finding sites you want to work with and then emailing them is definitely a good way to drum up business as well!

    • godfrey

      which website did you get the contacts of the 7 clients?

  • http://www.best-steam-reviews.com/ Cinz @ Best Steam Reviews

    This is the best post on freelance writing I’ve read in awhile!! Seriously, these are some advanced tips that can really help you to start making extra money pronto.. I really liked your tips on going to flippa and contacting social media consultants etc.

    @ Michael, if you don’t mind, what type of sites agreed?

    • http://www.youngprepro.com/about Onibalusi

      I second that!

      • http://www.commonsensemarketing.net Sarah Russell

        Thanks guys! Much appreciated :)

  • http://justinbieberbedding.info/ Albert

    thanks for this post, but my challenge is how you get paid for someone living in Nigeria……most online payment system don’t accept Nigerians

    • http://www.commonsensemarketing.net Sarah Russell

      Hmmm – not sure on that one. I’d recommend posting your question over in the Warrior Forum, as I know there are people there who have the same problem.

    • http://www.josylad.com Joseph

      I think Oni should help with this question. Though you can open paypal through the back door and I can help you with that. But its risky.

    • http://www.contentwritingkenya.com Julzwriter @ Article Writing Services

      You can simply ask Oni what he does seeing that he
      manages to write articles online and get paid. I
      know this can be a major challenge.

      I would not recommend opening a PayPal account if it is not possible for one to register an account in Nigeria. You may end up having your account limited and losse all your money.

      A possible solution could be using the Payoneer card as a lot of freelancing sites pay through it. If you have a writer’s website then consider using 2Checkout as your payment gateway since it allows merchants to aaccpt payments throgh PayPal and you can withdraw funds through a convenient means.

      You can also try Payza and Moneybookers.

    • http://lucrativepen.com Oludami

      Hi. I’m a Nigerian freelance writer an this has been my biggest problem too. I started this career anyways because I found Oni doing it. Now I’m almost 2yrs into it. I’ve not made much online, but at least I’m currently beginning to enter the 4-figure dollar level.

      Earlier in my career, the first foreign client I got, an online virtual assistant, does eBooks formatting and is good with WordPress. So we entered an exchange services agreement. I write for her, and I enjoy some of her services in return, especially web design.

      One of my greatest clients tried paying me some money through bank. My money hanged in the air for weeks until I opened a dormicilliary account, and since then, I give my clients the bank transfer option. Go open one too.

      Oni has answered this question in the (far) past. He said it all depends on the relationship you have with your clients. He said most of his clients pay (or paid) him via bank transfer, and some via Western Union. They go through that extra ‘trouble’ because they love him and what he does for them – and they understand his position.

      Otherwise, many Nigerian online entrepreneurs find their way around Paypal restrictions, and they maintain a Paypal acct without problems. But this is very risky as your account can get frozen or blocked at anytime. You have to be firstly careful of the so-called ‘Paypal acct providers’ or creators we have here (most of them know next to nothing and are only after your money), and then always careful – and watching your back – not to make any mistake that will help Paypal catch you, e.g sticking to a dedicated I.P instead of a VPN, etc.
      I have a friend who has been using his Paypal acct for over 2 years now, an I’ve used his account a couple times – at extreme cases though.

      Seek top quality clients as only these can understand your payment-mode plight and find other ways to pay you.
      I hope this helps a little.

  • http://www.cash4wealthng.com cash4wealth

    hi sarah,

    this is one of the best article like Oni’s that i ve read. thank u dear we need honest writers like u who want to help others,and surely this is the blog to find genuine help.u guys are great keep it up.

  • http://www.cash4wealthng.com cash4wealth

    sarah,

    i just subscribe to on ur site

    tanks again

    • http://www.commonsensemarketing.net Sarah Russell

      Thanks so much! Glad to have you on board :)

  • http://techatlast.com Olawale Daniel@Technology Blog

    Hi Sarah, thanks a ton for this awesome post that you put up. It is really interesting and insightful for me to read. More grease to write more :)

    • http://www.commonsensemarketing.net Sarah Russell

      Thanks – hope it helps!

  • http://doublestrollerreviewslist.com Sparkle

    Thanks for the information. I have just began my freelance writing career a few months ago. I haven’t made much but I am looking for more ways to improve my income. I appreciate this article because you gave me ideas of website. I didn’t know about the majority.

  • http://www.besthairproductreviews.com kabiru

    writing articles for new site buyers on site flipa is realy interesting.

  • http://www.richerornot.com fazal mayar

    good post, i think webmaster forums and freelance sites are definitely a great way to find a job

  • http://www.techhim.com Himanshu

    flippa trick is something new to me. But I agree that their are more chances of getting hired.

  • http://salescopy.webs.com/ Catherine

    Thanks Sarah for informative post. You have opened up a new horizon of freelance writing in front of my eyes. I am dying to apply your methods to get my first client, as a freelancer.

  • http://www.catfishfacts.org/worlds-biggest-catfish/ 130 pound catfish

    This is what i’ve been exactly looking for. I also got some great ideas from your mini course. I checked the ProBlogger job board and i already applied to one of the offers. Thanks

    • http://www.youngprepro.com/about Onibalusi

      I’m glad my course and this article could be of help!

      BTW I’d appreciate using your name when commenting instead of “130 pound catfish”.

      Regards,
      Oni

  • http://www.free-niche-word-list.blogspot.com Niche Word List

    This is great article, i was searching something like to boost my earnings. Most of time i earn money writing for others but was not sure how to increase this. Thanks for your kind writeup. Keep it up

  • http://www.rsatechnologies.in rakesh kumar

    Dear Sarah, I am pleased to find this post here. This post defined the ways how we can get more writing job. I occasionally visit problogger.net site . but never ever think about getting a writer job as I was not confident about myself.

  • http://web-abet.com/blog/ googler

    Awesome tips Sarah! Thanks a lot!
    I have been searching for writings gigs too but I am not sure my skills are ready!=D
    But when the time comes, this post will come in handy!
    Thanks again!

  • http://www.itchair.com/ SEO Los Angeles

    Thanks for providing these tips! Finding consistent work that pays decent is probably the biggest challenge I face with freelance writing. I will definitely try out some of your suggestions!

  • http://thebitbot.com Mark @ TheBitBot Organic SEO & SEM Blog

    Targeting small technical firms is definitely the way to go as you mentioned, Sarah.

    I actually work for a technical firm and let me tell you, they are VERY deficient in this area.

    Great read…:)

    Mark

  • http://onlinerookies.com Kalen

    Sarah, that was a great post. I agree with Problogger being the best source of income, but I think I’ve relied too heavily on it. Up until two months ago, almost all my income came from there. I also agree with elance, that site hasn’t really given me results.

    I would like to explore your thoughts on revenue sharing sites like Associated Content, Suite101 and Examiner. I agree they aren’t as reliable, which is why I haven’t taken the leap. Do you think they are worth it?

    Also, selling articles on Constant-Content or Ghostbloggers can be good. Again, these are additional sources. You need to focus on a steady revenue first and then add your more risky revenue models afterwards.

    • http://www.commonsensemarketing.net Sarah Russell

      To be honest, I haven’t done much work on revenue sharing sites like Associated Content or Suite 101, so I can’t comment on them too much. I know people who do well with them, but I usually prefer to write for jobs with a defined payment.

      But definitely, it’s a good idea to diversify sources of income – you never know when a job is going to get cut!

  • http://www.sbp-romania.com Mia

    Nice subject. What I’ve learn from my own experience is that you never should put all your eggs in a basket…I think you know why. So it’s better to try various paths, but not so many that you can’t handle.

  • http://towelracksforbathrooms.com/ Towel racks for bathrooms

    Sara. Nice post. To be honest there are lots of good writer out there who isn’t making any money just because they don’t know where they will get client. This post will surely help them to fix those problems.

    Thanks

  • http://www.vertstudios.com/ Vert Studios

    Hey Sarah, thanks for taking the time to publish such a great article that is really informative and I think this will truly help both people looking for freelance writing jobs, as well as those looking to find writers. Thanks again

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    thanks Sarah. I have been searching for articles on freelance writing like this one. good job

  • http://stomachhurts.net/ stomach hurts

    I have tried oDesk before and I’ve done a couple of ghostwriting. A meager $1 per article is what I get for a 500-600 word article and I know that’s way much underpaying. I just have a question, I never had a portfolio since everything I’ve done are ghostwriting articles, would I still get clients even if I don’t have a portfolio?

    • http://www.commonsensemarketing.net Sarah Russell

      I think it’s definitely a good idea to get a portfolio set up – even if it’s full of sample articles that you’ve written specifically for your collection, not for a client. I mean, would you hire a writer if you didn’t have access to his or her writing samples?

  • http://www.webmasterquery.com/ Cristian Balau

    Amazing article Sarah! You’ve opened my eyes to a lot of potential ideas. I also noted the sites you get clients from. I get most of my clients from Digital Point. I have 2-3 good paying clients that need content written constantly. But the rates are not that good and they are very good clients compered with others. So I’m always looking for new potential clients who are looking for quality content, of course I find it normal to be payed a lot more when delivering high quality content. Anyways thanks for the tips, I’ll check them out.

  • http://mannaio.altervista.org/ Tommaso

    Great Post and advices, i have my personal on Web design, i still dont know if i m good at blogging, but i m definitely thinking of trying to sell posts..
    Thanks for sharing

  • http://www.trafficgenerationcafe.com/build-email-list/ Ana | Internet Marketing Tools

    What an excellent guide. Sarah, you are obviously a professional and the fact that you share so freely is excellent. It is true that there is a lot of work going around for freelancers and sadly, employers on sites like elance and odesk exploit the writers. The best way to help the entire industry would be for everyone to stop writing for minimum wages.

    • http://www.commonsensemarketing.net Sarah Russell

      Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening anytime soon when you consider global fluctuations in what constitutes “minimum wages”, but I think that there will always be clients who recognize what good, native language writing can be worth. At least, I hope so!

  • http://www.lookbeyondresumes.com Anuttama

    That is a very nice and informative post.How can i apply for job as freelancer then?It will be helpful if anybody share the thoughts.

  • Oludami’

    Hi, Sarah.
    Thanks for this great post, as it is one of the greatest I’ve seen on freelance writing. But I smell one problem here.
    I am a good writer who has just chosen the path of online freelance writing, and following by heart, Oni’s training courses & other learning modules. In fact, am just about to launch my first website this month.
    So my question/problem is can one get a freelance writing job or contract early in his career, say like within 2months or less? Cos the feeling I have now is that I ought to have been in the game for a very long time and written hundreds of articles to prove my worth before trying out the tips written by Sarah.
    Any senior writer can also help here, I’ll appreciate your advice.
    Damn, I feel like the latest comer here! lol
    Thanks

    • http://www.commonsensemarketing.net Sarah Russell

      Hi Oludami,

      I won’t lie – it’s easier to get writing contracts when you already have a history of work, but that’s the case in any industry. But if you work hard and develop a good portfolio, there’s definitely work out there for you.

      Best of luck!!!

      • http://lucrativepen.com Oludami

        Back after over 1 year to say THANKS!
        I’ve not been able to try all these tips, Sarah, especially due to school. But I can say these tips are evergreen, and I’ll try some of them soon, especially Flippa.
        Thanks, Oni. You made me believe in attracting clients, and I would have attracted at least 8. 3 are now regular clients. Still have more to learn!

        • http://www.writersincharge.com/ Bamidele Onibalusi

          You’re welcome bro! Feel free to contribute a guest post/success story anytime about how the tips on this blog has helped your writing career. I’ll be happy to host it anytime :)

          • http://lucrativepen.com Oludami

            Thanks bro. It’s a great honor to get an invite from you, as I already planned this blog will get my success story first, especially as it was on this blog I ever first heard about real freelance writing.
            I’m still in a growth phase and I will definitely shoot you a pitch when I’m really ready for the WritersinCharge audience. You know it’s too big to disappoint :)

          • http://www.writersincharge.com/ Bamidele Onibalusi

            You’re welcome anytime, bro! :)

    • Joshua Squires

      Oludami,

      I’d recommend keeping an industry blog. If you don’t have a big portfolio yet, you still need to be able to offer samples of your writing.

      For topics, try critiquing the copy on a wide range of websites, offer your thoughts on industry news and standards, and promote it heavily via social media.

      Doing this really helped me get on my feet and as I changed my formatting and writing style on my blog, I got to see what worked and what didn’t- so it is also a great learning tool!

      • http://lucrativepen.com Oludami

        Thanks, Joshua. I later chose the freelance writing niche, but it’s not been easy doing this with Law school.
        I’ve tried your tip a lot of times; critiqued web copy and pitched ideas. They sound great, but I’m yet to get any satisfactory result. But I know it will happen soon. I’m currently trying this on a Nigerian airline. Critiqued the whole website, even their social media activities and told them how I can be of help. My fingers are still crossed on this.
        Thanks again.

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    Sarah, as a freelance writer myself I have to say that I love your article. I think that it’s the first time that I read from someone how “crappy” it can be to try to get some writing jobs on places like Elance. Just the proposal alone gives you a headache before you even start writing. And yes, people can be darn difficult.

    I am also so upset when I see people writing 400 word articles for $1-$3 it makes our work so cheap. I am glad to see that no every one agrees with that either.

    • http://www.commonsensemarketing.net Sarah Russell

      Hey Sylviane! I think it’s important to remember that not all content needs to be top-notch quality (I don’t need perfect content just to build backlinks, for example) and that while $1-3/article doesn’t make sense for me, that’s not necessarily the case for writers around the world.

      Fortunately, there’s a market for good native English content and people who are willing to pay well for it, which is why I’m still able to earn money as a writer. Different strokes for different folks, I guess :)

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    These are some great suggestions. Many of these are things I would have never thought of. I think I will try the Warrior Forum and the Problogger forum you mentioned. Thanks again for all of the information; I’m sure this will help my writing career.

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  • http://www.ubmighty.com Bob Guzeman

    I’m sure to be late to comment, but I think this post is awesome. Oni has a great blog and I’ve spent 2 hours here tonight. His great content and more guest posts like this will make me a regular visitor.

    Thought of one thing for Oni, though. Maybe nothing.

    What if he had his own job board? Certainly targeted. Draw clients and give new writers more reason to visit.

    Bob
    Success Strategies for a Dominant Career

    • http://www.youngprepro.com/about Onibalusi

      Hi Bob,

      I’ve been thinking of that too, but I think it’s all about the timing – I’ll surely have something like that in the future :)

      Thanks so much for the suggestion!

  • Sarah

    The information in this post is great -thanks so much for posting it :) I just have one question though. I recently signed up with Flippa, and can really see the potential for finding clients there, but the problem is when I am viewing the “just sold” lists, there is no option for contacting the buyer. Can anyone advise on how to do this?

    Thanks :)

    Sarah

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  • Joshua Squires

    This was a great article and I found the links and info EXTREMELY helpful. That being said, I got my start on sites like Elance. Of course, you are right. They don’t pay. But its good for testing the waters and getting an idea of what the industry can be like.

    You left out Craigslist as a great source of business. I’ve landed a number of contracts (with ad/marketing firms who don’t have a staff writer or with tech firms- sometimes small startups). Another great source for getting a writing resume built.

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  • http://wow-worldofwords.com Ron Craig

    Very nice compendium of starter’s tips. I like the one about Flippa, because it involves a go-getter attitude. This is crucial if you are going to succeed in writing, freelance or otherwise.

    Thanks!

  • Shadae

    Anyone know who’s hiring. I’m currently with two companies, but it’s not an everyday and doing the same thing gets boring. So does anyone who know’s who’s looking for work done?

  • http://www.christinawalker.net Christina Walker

    LinkedIn has been really useful for me over the last few months. I joined a lot of groups to expand how many people I can see in search (and how many can see me), regularly comb through my 2nd and 3rd degree connections to connect directly with them, and answer a lot of questions in the Answers section. These techniques have increased my profile views and led to several leads and clients.

    If LinkedIn might be good for your freelancing business, I recommend following the advice and free video training of Josh Turner at http://www.LinkedSelling.com. That’s how I got started.

  • http://www.blog-ception.com Felix Smith

    Damn! Awesome article, found it SO useful, will definitely be recommending it to other writers I know!

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  • http://full-proofing.blogspot.com.au/p/content-writing.html Brady Partridge

    Outstanding article. Easily the best I’ve read on this subject.

    What was it about again?

    Just kidding!

    I’ve been doing the odd bit of content writing on my Blogspot blog. But now I’m going to go buy a domain name, slap a WordPress blog on it, and get right down to making some serious money out of this biz. Your article has thrown my dying bank balance a much-needed lifeline.

  • http://www.motivationforwriters.com/ Christopher Cuna

    Extremely Helpful Article. I’m seeking to get clients “professionally” and it hasn’t been easy.

  • http://www.raveaboutskin.com/ RaveAboutSkin

    Thank you for sharing your tips and strategies. We can all use this when initially starting out. :)