Sunday, August 24, 2014

Let's Do Freelance Writing Work: Job-board Sites

Taking the time to look for freelance writing jobs on ad sites like ProBlogger, BloggingPro or even Craigslist can sometimes lead to lucrative and long-lasting work relationships. Several of my most consistent clients have come from these types of freelance writing sites. The key to finding work on ad sites is to keep time-management in mind at all times. Also, approach each potential client as if you were querying a publication. In other words, bring you’re A-game as fast as possible.

 This can be tough, admittedly. Time-management and quality proposals aren’t always the most cohesive bed-fellows. It’s easy to get in a rush and slack-off on a sample or query letter for a potential client you may never hear from again. Let’s look at a few ways to work freelance writing ad sites so that you’ll get the most out of your time.

1.       Create A Routine – The best advice I can give is to set aside the time to work these sites. I typically pursue ad site jobs twice a week. I do this in the morning while checking e-mails and responding to questions on my blog. The key is to get in and get out quickly. Limit yourself to 1 or 2 queries a day and then move on to other prospects.
2.       Have Some Ammo In Your Pocket – This goes for writing samples and query letters alike. Create a few opening letters targeted to specific industries or niches. Be sure that they’re easily changeable. Do the same for unpublished samples of your work. When you apply to a job on an ad site, tweak your opening proposal and samples to the desires of the specific client.
3.       Know What You’re Looking For – This is a good way to avoid spending too much time on these freelance writing sites. Understand where your expertise lies and submit proposals to jobs in your niche or niches. Also, learn how to spot legitimate jobs. Separating the wheat from the chaff on ad sites is the key to success.
4.       Build Your Portfolio – Having a portfolio of solid work examples will go a long way to landing those high-paying clients. If you’re just starting out as a freelance writer, consider creating your own site or blog to showcase your skills. A personal freelance writing site will help you in other pursuits as well.
5.       Freelance Writing Resume – Most of the postings on ad sites ask for a resume. But a freelance writer’s resume is different than your normal, work-a-day resume. Build yours to showcase your achievements and knowledge.
6.       Be Consistent – It’s important to check these ad sites consistently, especially if you’re just starting out. The potential to build your client base is huge. Make it a point to check for new jobs at least once per week..

Looking for work through freelance writing ad sites can be a boon or a curse. There is a potential for wasted time. However, these sites cater specifically to freelance writers and the clients who need them. It only makes sense to set aside some time to pursue jobs that are similar to your niche and expertise. The key is to streamline the process. 

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