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3 Unique Ways to Get Freelance Writing Clients

uniqueAccording to the 2011 Freelance Industry Report, the biggest challenge freelancers are currently facing is with getting clients, and a massive 22% of those surveyed complained about this being a problem. In the same light, the next major challenge freelance writers face is with ending the feast-or-famine circle, and over 13% of those surveyed cited this as a problem.

The major thing these two stats prove is that the major challenge freelancers are facing today is with getting clients. Some people can’t even get a single client to hire them for their services, and some people find it difficult to find consistent clients thereby leading them to the feast-or-famine cycle.

I have been researching unique and practical ways to get freelance writing clients lately, and even though I’ve written a lot about the subject on this blog, this article will be giving you 3 new tips to help you get freelance writing clients that you’ve probably never read elsewhere online.

1. The “Freelance Writing” Section on Quora

With almost a million users at the moment, Quora is fast becoming one of the best sources online to get solutions to your problem. Whether you want an answer to a question, or whether you want to do some research about a basic subject in your field, Quora can be a great source of information for you.

The cool thing about Quora is that it can also serve as a source of clients to freelance writers and other experts. I recently came across a question that was asked on Quora in the freelance writing section, and in less than 24hrs the question has already generated 5 answers, 2 of which happen to be from clients looking to hire writers.

Here’s a link to the thread I’m referring to, and below are the screenshots from potential clients looking for someone to hire.

Potential Client #1

quora example 1

Potential Client #2

quora example 2

You can get people interested in your services on Quora by browsing through relevant threads in its freelance writing section, and you can also create your own thread to see if there is someone interested in hiring you.

2. Use Top Social Media Sites

While it might be easy to say use Twitter or Facebook, there is every probability you are a user of one professional or personal social media site or the other. It doesn’t matter how big or small the site is, it is still worth giving a try.

You can also find potential clients on sites like Facebook and Twitter if you go about it the right way. Most of these sites have search options, and since some of their users post statuses showing their interest for writers you should be able to find a few quality jobs using this means.

It is important, however, to know that it can be difficult to get clients through social media as you will often come across ridiculous offers (such as $1 for a 500 words article – and no, I’m not exaggerating!), but you can easily get rid of most of these offers by refining your keywords. You can do that in various ways; it can be by adding your desired price in front of your keywords, by adding key terms to your search to filter out poor results (key terms can be, unique, experienced etc.), by making your keywords more specific and focused instead of generic (“freelance copywriters needed” is more specific in comparison to “writers needed“).

When using Facebook for your search it is important to ensure you filter your search by selecting the “Public Posts” option so you don’t keep on getting pages or profiles show up in your search. See the image below to see what I mean.

Facebook Search

3. Flippa Marketplace

You can also get people to hire you for your services using the Flippa marketplace. This particular tactic is one I first heard from Sarah Russell as a result of her guest post on this blog.

There are people who are deeply into the business of buying and selling websites, and most of them will happily embrace a writer who can be working with them on a long-term basis. They will need writers to help them with anything from blog posts to sales pages, and this can be your opportunity to get a client.

You can easily visit an auction of your choice on Flippa and comment below the auction to see if the seller is interested in a writer for his/her sites, and you can also PM the fellow to discuss the matter privately.

Category: freelance writing

26 Comments on "3 Unique Ways to Get Freelance Writing Clients"

  1. Atish says:

    great ways to get clients. Thanks oni for sharing such real time experience.

  2. E. Tetteh says:

    I am one of those freelance writers still looking to snag a client or two, which at times can be quite ‘debilitating’ especially when you think you have tried a myriad of options already.

    Although trying out these three new avenues may not necessarily lead to an inundation of new clients for me, it’s more about the strategy behind finding clients which I’m beginning to understand is that, the skill of writing is not confined to one specific domain, so we need to consider every possible industry where the art of writing is needed and that means everywhere including the window cleaning dispatch unit :).

  3. Kalen@Learn Internet Marketing says:

    Great tips Oni. I got a client or two from Twitter but like you said most results weren’t all that great. most clients were made through networking rather than searching job posts. I think that’s more effective but it’s also a lot more work. Depends how much effort you really need to expand on it. I never thought about the Facebook techniques you posted, but those sound pretty cool and will have to give them a try.

  4. MIchael @Blast4TrafficNow says:

    Yes, Quora is a great source for growing a business. It’s influence is growing every day and clients are hanging out looking for those eligible hands. I’m going to try it out soon. Thank you for sharing.

  5. cash4wealth says:

    thanks Oni for this post, its really exclusive and capable of getting at least an avearage writer a client.the secret to a successful writing business is focusing on a particular niche you are good at instead of sweeping generalization without objectives.

  6. Trung Nguyen says:

    Thanks for the share, Onibalusi. Although I’m still not good at writing but I thought these tips would help me in the future. Thanks so much, buddy

  7. sam @ goa carnival says:

    Hi Oni,

    You shared great info for how we can grow in our business. I am sure many people had got good response from these site which you mentioned in your blog post.

  8. Josh Sarz says:

    Really helpful information here, Oni. Thanks for bringing this up. I’m one of those new writers who don’t know where to start looking for clients.

    Thanks. And have a great Yuletide season.

  9. Raj says:

    Flippa is a very unconventional method of getting freelance writing contracts. I will try it soon. Thanks for the mention…

  10. alanc230 says:

    Oni, you have very good insights for a person of your age. This is my first time reading your blog, but I intend to come back and read more.

  11. yang says:

    you are great! so young . I agree with you the social media is with more influence to our lives and we all could use them as a very good assistant.

  12. You have given me an idea or two. Thanks.

  13. Mategyero says:

    this post is awesome, cheers Oni 😉

  14. cheap VPN says:

    Great ways to get clients. Thanks a lot for sharing such real time experience.

  15. Mark says:

    Nice way dude. I loved the idea to get the clients.

  16. Rakesh says:

    I am struggling to find new client every month and this article gave me some more ideas for find my new clients as write now i am rendering my services.

  17. Cristian Balau says:

    Nice idea with the Flippa! I never thought of that but it make so much sense. There are a lot of potential clients there.
    The biggest problem for me is not getting clients, is getting clients that will actually worth my time, as you said $1 per 500 words is just ridiculous.

  18. Sanjeev says:

    Flippa is a nice addition, I only know that site because of buying and selling a website but I never tried it for getting some writing gig.

  19. Ruth - The Freelance Writing Blog says:

    Great post Onibalusi.

    One way I try to mitigate the feast or famine cycle is by moving my more longstanding clients to a retainer contract. They benefit by knowing that they have guaranteed access to my time, and I benefit by knowing that I have guaranteed income from month to month. It’s not an arrangement that every client feels comfortable embracing, but with those clients who are providing repeat business, it’s worth discussing.

  20. Prasenjit @ Easy Ways to Make Money says:

    Flippa is actually a great place to hunt for clients.

  21. David Frankk says:

    Its not usually easy to get freelance writing clients but through these tips and great resources, I think someone who is trying to get clients will get a great push in the right direction.

  22. Rose says:

    wow its a nice tips to get the clients…and thanks for share this post.

  23. rick owens jackets says:

    Yes,, Oni thats the main problem for all freelancer not only for writer to get clients. Those three tips will help us especially flippa techniques.

  24. Aman says:

    YA! oni, you are right. The clients have lots of demands. But, when we don’t meet them. We are just wasting our time. I am following the thread at Qoura and having a lot of info from it.

  25. samrat kafle @ BloggingTalks says:

    Hey Oni these tips are very genuine,,really your tips are great too : thanks

  26. amy says:

    Its so great to find a site with a young successful blogger. I’ve subscribed and read through some articles and I’m liking what I see.x


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