According 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
Potential Client #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.
3. Flippa Marketplace
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.