As you are mapping out your strategy, research skills will come into play. Don’t just jump at the first “opportunity” which comes your way. In the long run, a few extra hours doing your research to ascertain the validity of an opportunity, will pay off. No one wants to be scammed, so thoroughly research the freelance writing opportunities you’ve found and be on the alert for scams.
Some of the online sites you can check into for freelance writing jobs include: Zemandi, oDesk, Proficient Writers, Interact Media, Elance, Jobs at Constant Contact. Now, there are many copy writers looking for jobs online these days so things are much different than years before the Internet began. In the old days, a copywriter was more in demand because not as many writers were available for these types of copywriting jobs—hence, these copywriters were paid better than most copywriters today. Many of the jobs you will find online don’t pay much per article; however, if you start with some of those sites, and do your research, you’ll eventually find other sites which pay more.
For example, the Proficient Writers site works with writers who have a college degree and there is a more rigorous evaluation period of your work and credentials. Other sites, like Zemandi, review a sample of your work, but you don’t need a college degree to become one of their writers. The oDesk site also offers more than just freelance writing jobs. You can find marketing assignments, virtual office assistant projects and also IT projects. There are some sites which offer higher paying freelance writing assignments; however, some of those sites require a membership fee or bidding per project fee. Make sure to do your research before you proceed.
You can also find more jobs the old fashioned way by connecting with a business who is looking for copywriting help, but does not want to pay a full-time, in-house employee and all the benefits that employee would receive. You can begin sending your resume out to these businesses, but that is more of a cold-inquire approach and may not reap the benefits you’re looking for. Try to check out ads on Craigslist or other places where businesses or individuals are seeking freelance writers for projects. I have received several new clients for my business this way and am currently working on two book projects—one for public relations and one for editing / re-writing.
I did also try the cold-inquire approach and sent my resume into over ten different local businesses and actually did find my very first marketing client that way. I’ve been doing freelance writing and public relations for this client for about four years now. Working on that initial project has branched out into working on several different projects for this client and I eventually was able to work full-time from home and started my own marketing company, Mustard Seed Marketing Group, LLC.
To succeed in your freelance writing dreams, it takes a drive to beat all the odds and if you love writing, don’t give up even when the road gets tough. Make a plan, be disciplined and work hard at achieving success.