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Ever wonder why the pay always sucks on all those online job ads? There’s a reason for it. Put yourself in the shoes of an employer looking for a writer…
Do you regularly scan job boards looking for online writing jobs, but only find low-paying gigs? If so, you might need to get a little choosier about where you look.
If your typical rates are above what the listings offer, it may be time to stop checking the job boards altogether. In general, you’ll do better with proactive prospecting to find your own clients, rather than applying to mass-online-job ads where you compete with hundreds of writers.
But if checking online job ads is still a part of your regular marketing routine, at least be an educated freelancer and target boards that are the best fit for you. We interviewed site owners and researched listings to bring you this inside look at what’s available on 17 top boards:
Note: If you’ve been looking for freelance writing jobs on content-mill sites and job boards, you’re probably frustrated. Most pay bottom feeder rates. It’s something I’ve been hearing from writers for a long time. But great freelance writing jobs are out there, you just need to know how to find them. Check out this post from the past to learn how. —Carol.
Do you feel like it’s a pipe dream to find freelance writing jobs that pay pro rates?
I hear a lot of comments like this from writers who are about ready to give up on their writing dreams.
They write me to say:
“It just seems like there aren’t any good-paying clients out there.”
Have to say, I disagree. But whether you think freelance writing is a land of unlimited opportunity or a field no one can earn a living at seems to depend on your personal experience.
If you want to start landing well-paying freelance writing jobs, you probably need to do two things. Here’s what you need to know:
Applying to writing-job ads always felt like I was paper-airplaning my resume into a bottomless void.
Starting my new freelance career without a ton of work lined-up, I’d turned to job boards and ads hoping to bring on new clients.
Now, with the recession, most writers are stepping up their job-application game like I did.
But here’s what will happen…a lot of hustle without a lot of results. My experience applying to writing-job ads was pretty terrible.
Have you ever heard someone define insanity as “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?” I was insane.
So when Carol Tice recommended against relying on job sites to build my writing career, I started thinking about other ways to use them.
That’s when I discovered my own weird trick…the secret that helped me launch my writing career and land assignments that pay $1 per word: Old job listings.
Want to learn how to land great clients with writing-job ads? Here’s how:
Feeling like you’re in the middle of a freelance work freakout?
You know…the horror-movie type of freakout where the lead character is running around screaming, tearing their hair out, and making rash decisions.
For writers, it might look something like this…
You’re desperately trying to get freelance work. You’re worried about your current clients. Maybe you’ve been ghosted by a solid prospect ever since COVID-19 hit. Or that check you were expecting for a project still hasn’t shown up.
If you’re having one of these freakout moments, it’s time to take a step back. Clear your mind. Think. Go for a run. Now is not the time for making hair-on-fire decisions.
In fact, you can still make a good living as a freelance writer. Even though we’re likely heading into a recession, you can still be a six-figure freelancer. And it doesn’t have to take years to get there.
Freelance writer Jessica Mehta hit that goal as a relative newbie. Want to know how she did it? Check out these surprising tips to move up and earn more.
What’s in your toolbox to build your freelance business and find content writing jobs?
Ask your network. Send cold-pitch emails. Make phone calls. Try direct mail. Connect with agencies. Marketing is the name of the game, especially when you’re starting out.
These are proven marketing strategies to find prospects and get hired for content writing jobs. The more prospects you reach out to, the closer you get to your goals to move up, earn more, and make a living writing.
Looking for another way to find freelance work?
It’s no secret that trolling Craigslist for content writing jobs or putting all your bets on Upwork to find great clients aren’t the best ways to build your freelance writing business.
But there are some online resources you’ll want to add to your toolbox to search for clients in your niche, see who’s hiring freelancers, or fill a gap as a contract writer.
If you want to get hired, grow your network, and build your portfolio of freelance work, check out these handy places to get hired online:
If you’re a new writer focused on building your freelance writing income rapidly, it’s easy to get frustrated. You try different ways to get gigs, and they just don’t seem to work out.
Recently, I’ve been seeing a trio of basic blunders that newbie writers make. These can really put a damper on your chances of success in freelancing.
The wrong moves waste precious time, letting your savings run out before you can get any traction. Then, too often, writers end up having to take another hated day job, and their dreams of earning a fat freelance writing income go on the back burner.
How do new freelance writers mess up their chances? Let me count the ways…
Are you one of those freelance writers who can’t seem to win no matter how hard you try? All the freelance writing jobs you touch seem to turn to merde. Things may start out well, but then something often goes wrong.
You don’t get paid. Your client drops you. All your prospects just want to know how little you’d be willing to do a gig for. And you’re always struggling to book more freelance writing jobs.
If this is you, listen up.
I’m going to tell you exactly why that’s happening, and how to fix it.
How do I know what’s up? I recently added a free, 1-on-1 consulting perk for all Freelance Writers Den members who’ve been in the Den a year or more. That turned out to be…500 writers!
So I’ve been talking with many, many writers who’ve been working on their careers a long time, and learning what keeps them broke, and why it’s so hard for many to find and keep freelance writing jobs that pay well.
Turns out, it’s mostly themselves. Let me spotlight the major mindset problems that lead you to choose crummy clients — or screw up better gigs — over and over. See if you recognize yourself in any of these archetypes of the low-paid freelancer:
Every year, at the end of the year, I look back and discover the things freelance writers need to know most.
How can I tell? By looking at which posts here on the blog saw the most readers. Those are the topics freelance writers needed to learn about the most.
This year, there’s an interesting variety to the list. As always, this provides a road map for me to what kinds of posts I should bring you more of next year!
To qualify for this list, by the way, the post has to have been published or re-published in 2016. Oldies-but-goodies that keep getting traffic for ages don’t count! But you can check out the sidebar for those.
Here are the 10 things you wanted to know about the most in 2016:
When you’re a freelance writer, it’s easy to go on for years clinging to magical thinking about how your career will work.
It’s like believing in fairy tales. Usually, when you grow up, you realize there is no enchanted frog or beast that turns into a prince.
But with a lot of writers, these myths persist for years and years, leading to lots of wasted time and low earnings.
What are the big fairy tales freelance writers tell themselves? Here are my top three:
Fresh out of college, with no real world experience and no real job prospects, I dove into Textbroker in 2013, lured by the appeal of easy money.
Over the next three years, I slaved for 1.4 cents per word. Even though I was done with school, I was still living the life of a starving college student. Did you know it takes 7,143 words at that rate to make $100?
That’s hard to swallow now that I know it’s possible to make a lot more money from freelancing. If you’ve been writing for traditional-low-pay-race-to-the-bottom content mills, it’s time to rethink your approach to building a freelance business.
I couldn’t maintain such a grueling writing pace for bare bones rations. I wanted satisfying work. I wanted better clients. And I wanted to get paid well. I finally woke up and realized that low-pay work for content mills will never yield pro rates.
I put five key strategies in place to transform my freelancing business. The result: Bye-bye, content mills. Hello, better pay and better clients — including a major TV network within two months. Here’s how I did it:
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