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How to Find Clients for Your Freelance Writing Business?

When things started to change with technology, people acknowledged the fact that life can be made simpler. And the following speaks it out:

Leave 5-9 job. Make money online. Enjoy your freedom.

The idea is to work from anywhere you want and make the money by following the laptop lifestyle.

Is it possible?

Absolutely!

Is it easy?

That depends on you!

Being a content marketer myself, I have been receiving inquiries from people asking how to make money online. The majority of such inquiries are connected to blogging and freelance content writing. But most of them don’t know from where and how to start.

Well, let me say this clearly.

The blogging industry is changing every day. There were days when you can simply rank a website by updating contents consistently. Now, the game has changed. SEO is a crucial factor in ranking a website. Unless you have a good quantity of visitors coming to your blog, there is no point in thinking about monetizing it.

For many, this journey turns out to be extremely effective, but for a lot of us, earning a livable income from affiliate advertising, Google AdSense or selling your product is demanding.

Don’t expect anything in return from your blog during the first 12 months. Keep working on delivering valuable content and market your blog through various channels.

So, what can you do until that time to make money?

As a blogger, you are likely to enjoy writing, a fast way to make some money and build a booming business is by working as a freelance blogger.

It means you can get paid to write for different blogs under the ownership of various established bloggers.

There are lots of businesses out there that need content writers, blog writers, copywriters — you name it — to assist with lead generation and traffic development.

The remarkable advantage of freelance blogging is you don’t need to wait 6 months to get paid; you can often earn your first payout in as little as a couple weeks.

I’ve been freelance blogging for more than 3 years now. For every business, landing clients are the primary factor to make the things work out. After following certain methods on landing clients, I have found the exact channels to set deals with them.

Effective Ways to Land Clients for Freelance Writing Projects

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What you will need is a passion for writing, for knowing how to write for an internet audience, the motivation to learn and the determination to go out there and begin freelancing as a business option.

Here’s the way to get started:

#1. Join Job Boards

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Among the simplest approaches to find clients for freelance writing as a beginner, I would strongly recommend you to try job boards. There are two sorts of boards — free and paid.

Free job boards are generally free for bloggers and freelance writers (or anyone really) to browse, but they often charge a fee to place a job ad. I recommend you to try out ProBlogger initially as they already have enough updates on a regular basis for freelance bloggers.

While free job boards can be competitive because every blogger and freelance writer knows of them, but you can still land your clients if your pitch is good.

Ensure that:

  • You create an impact on them through your pitch email including your expertise in the field of writing and how you can help them.
  • Did your research about the business or blogger posting the ad. This indicates you visited their website, read their content and became familiar with their brand.

#2. Social Networking

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When you’ve got an active social networking presence and network with influencers and other bloggers in your industry, you ought to have an easier time to the potential clients for your freelance writing business.

I prefer LinkedIn and Twitter to get in touch with the people who’re looking for freelance bloggers.

#3. Warm Outreach

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Network and get on the radar of influencers and other bloggers to construct meaningful connections.

Here’s a four-step approach about the best way best to connect with a prospective client with the intent of landing a freelance blogging deal.

  • Comment Consistently

When there’s a blog that you wish to write for — and that hires writers — start leaving engaging comments. Ensure that your comment adds to the conversation. You are able to respond to the CTA or increase the post by adding your thoughts or providing additional tips.

Fantastic blog owners make the effort to read their comments and respond to as many as they can as a means to develop a relationship with their readers.

So, to actually make an impact, provide thoughtful comments that are related to the post and comment consistently to get noticed.

  • Follow them

Blog owners and prospects don’t hang out on their blog all the time; they are often found networking and engaging in social networking spots.

As part of your warm outreach approach, start following bloggers that you would like to work with on Twitter and Facebook. They should have a Pinterest, Google+ or LinkedIn profile. Go straight and connect with them on those platforms too.

Influencers, entrepreneurs, and other popular bloggers may be selective in who they follow. However, if your outreach efforts are evident, they may follow you back.

  • Active Blogger Tag

The prospects that you would like to connect with probably don’t understand who you are. So, at this time, begin to share posts from their blog.

This is good for you since your name and the picture shows up, creating a stronger connection between you two.

Begin a conversation by also replying to Tweets, Facebook or Google+ posts. Show the prospect your knowledge in your specialty and your easy-to-get-along-with personality.

Finally, one more effective way is to link to their posts on your blog or mention them in your post. It helps them in noticing your gesture of supporting their blog.

  • Hit Them Up Now

You’ve spent some time warming up your prospects by commenting on their posts, following them and engaging with them on social networking sites.

Now they are being warmed up go right ahead and send an email or message on social media inquiring about a potential blogging gig.

Sending a message after you’ve built a meaningful relationship would make sense to them. This can lead to the client aquisition for your freelance blogging career.

In Short:

There are lots of strategies to make income from your blog; although not directly monetizing your blog, offering your freelance blogging services is one quick and profitable way.

While having a socially-driven blog with quality posts and loyal followers can help prospects find you, most probably you’ll need to put yourself out there and go and find them.

By taking a look at job boards, optimizing your presence on social networking and working on building those key relationships, you won’t have any problem finding the ideal blogging gig for you.

Do you have any other effective tip on pitching your freelance writing clients? Feel free to share your tip in the comments section below.

Freelance Writing Business: How to Make $3000 Monthly as a Noob?

Yes! You have reached the right space to convert your passion of writing into a career option that pays $3000 monthly.

I am talking about the freelance content writing services.

Maybe you’re skeptical whether it works out or not.

It did. It’s working well for me in the past 2 years. And I am a full-time content marketer helping my clients to grow their businesses.

The best part is you can also do the same — either as part-time or full-time — by following the right strategies.

Starting a Freelance Writing Business: What to Do?

I have recently received some inquiries on Quora asking how to start freelance writing without experience.

One among them was:

How did you start? How did you get your first client? As a noob, can I try this out myself?

Instead of answering all three questions, I would go for one:

Stop judging yourself and start working.

Let me say this clearly.

Everybody who’re so called professionals start from the basics like you do. Of course, they might not have faced the competition like you did, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t break the competition and survive in this industry.

All you need to do is to follow the right strategies.

I am saying this because the demand for freelance content writing is increasing day-by-day. People pay attention to quality contents that bring value to them.

Instead of writing a poor content and ranking it with the help of SEO tactics, I would prefer contents that bring in value and conversions to my clients’ business.

I generally get questions from people who’re hungry for advice, and they’re willing to do anything to make the freelance writing as a career work for them.

Unlike the majority prefer to go behind “Search Upwork or Craigslist,” I would follow a solid approach — and you — that helped me in my freelance writing business.

Six Steps on How to Make $3000 Monthly from Freelance Writing Business?

#1. Build a Website Portfolio

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Although I have started my career through Upwork and fiverr,  you shouldn’t do it.

It’s not because you’re a noob and you may not beat the competition.

It’s only because I want you to build a brand of your own and market yourself without the help of such freelance websites.

It’s hard!

I know. But it’s practical. Believe me!

When you build your website for freelance business, ensure that you have mentioned your expertise on the preferred niches.

Don’t say you can write about anything. Specialize in one or two niches.

If you’re familiar with how to build a website running on WordPress, I would suggest you in getting one. It should reflect your digital identity including your sample works in the form of 5-6 blog posts that shows your writing style and capability.

In case, if you don’t have any idea on how WordPress works, you should take some time to learn it and create a website of your own. It helps you to deal your website property without the help of a second person. Unlike before, there are many tutorials available out there to assist you in building your freelance business website.

#2.  Start Pitching Clients Straight

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Here comes the difficult, but interesting part.

Pitching clients for freelance writing service.

You’re ready to go. The only barrier left is to hit the targeted clients and set deals with them to start your first project.

Like I always say, instead of running behind the freelance websites, I would suggest building your own empire by making use of the marketing skills.

Mail/call the right person who have the authority to take decisions. This is a no-brainer; it’s common sense.

To find the clients, be available around the areas where you can get them.

It is absolutely senseless when I read noobs who assume that they can find the clients by simply building a portfolio on one of the freelance websites.

Don’t forget this, though. Freelancing is all about selling yourself to deal with your service, and hence, identifying and networking with people do matter in terms of your growth in the industry.

Just because you have a website wouldn’t help you in getting the conversion you require. Nowadays, websites are common and so your competitors are also following the same strategy. It’s a kind of old method according to me.

Be content-specific. Communicate with them. Set deals.

This will make you visible among the other potential seekers who are doing the exact same thing.

But…

How to Pitch Clients as a Freelance Content Writer with No Experience?

Be genuine. Tell them that you’re a noob. That you wish to build your career as a freelance content writer and you’re seeking for the initial clients.

Don’t worry that they may take it wrong. They wouldn’t.

When the majority approaches them with “so-called experience”, although most of them fake it, approaching your clients genuinely improve your chances of getting hired.

#3. Follow Up

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Yes. Follow up on a consistent manner. You shouldn’t appear needy, but they should sense that you’re really interested in working for them as a freelance content writer.

Don’t wait around. Don’t go chasing after the client if they’re not showing up.

Desperation decreases your value as a person in the eyes of the prospect. It also weakens your negotiating leverage.

Tip: When you follow up, ensure that you do it in maximum 2 sentences. Straight to the point. Nobody is going to pay attention to your lengthy explanations, especially when they receive hundreds of proposals like yours every day.

#4. Offer the Best

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Once your client is willing to invest some time with you to know the service, the next step is to impress them with your offers.

As you’re a beginner, you can offer high-quality contents for lower rates. Remember, it’s only during the initial set of deals.

If you can impress your client after a certain period, you can quote for the higher price, which they’re willing to pay.

#5. Build Authority

Your authority should be simple, with sterling quality. This is going to be the game changer in your freelance career. It speaks out your brand to more audience who may turn into clients later.

Internet marketers like Seth Godin, Neil Patel, and Brian Dean built the reputation through passionately spreading important ideas that add value to the reader.

Quality content writers create attention online, whether they do it for themselves or for the businesses they deal with. Writers influence behavior and drive people to take action.

The whole point is…

…by the end, a client judges you by the quality of your work.

#6. Pitch. Pitch. Pitch

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Never run out of projects.

The more confident and self-assured you are, the more likely people will notice you.

Approach everything in a professional way. And say it with backbone.

Your clients demand people with conviction. You will please those who matter to you.

That’s it. You’re ready to start with your business now.

Final Note: Although you may not get in impressive results at the beginning, keep following the strategies unless and until you make the initial clients. From there on, you can automate your business through referrals.

If you have more questions on taking up freelancing as your full-time career, feel free to ask me either through the comments section below or through the contact form.