Freelance writing gigs are a great way to create instant cash flow in times of financial strife. More and more people struggle to pay their bills because of job losses, illness or right now, when everyone rushes around like mad to stock up on Christmas presents.
Freelance writing gigs allow you to earn some extra income from the comfort of your home. They are relatively easy to get and once you have your first gig, you will never be afraid to apply for more.
The biggest mistake aspiring freelance writers make when they apply for jobs is not to read the application correctly. Please do not make the same mistake. I admit I am a little rusty myself when it comes to applications because I hardly applied to jobs since the beginning of this year. That is the power of branding and blogging. Clients come to me instead and I’m perfectly happy with this.
But from memory, when I first started out as a freelance writer I had to apply for freelance writing gigs just like everybody else. To get jobs I used the following tips myself and I hope they help some of you in the process too.
1.) Dare to be different
When you apply for writing jobs you can almost guarantee that others will too. Unfortunately we of the western world fight the undercut prices Indian suppliers are only too happy to offer.
It is because in India, a writer can quite comfortably live with $1,000/month. Therefore, mainstream service providers from India are content with being paid $4/article or less.
Imagine you had to work for this kind of money? I know, shock horror!
But believe me, I did exactly the same for at least 4 months when I started out.
So when you apply for better paying writing jobs you will want to be different than the rest and stand out with your sheer brilliance and style without being arrogant.
2.) Become a master seller
To apply for a writing job requires your skills as a master seller. You have to SELL yourself to your clients. If you don’t, how can you ever expect them to appreciate your genius.
Never forget that some of the weight we digest by reading disappears. Therefore a writer needs to embellish their abilities and paint a colorful picture in order to leave a lasting impression.
It is time you painted yours.
3.) A portfolio site is a must
I’ve said it before and I say it again. If you want to be noticed, you need a portfolio site. It’s all about branding your very own brand. Your portfolio site will serve as justification about your work and should include several client testimonials.
When you apply for freelance writing gigs, it is a very powerful weapon to have as it sell you all by itself.
Build your site early and grow it from there. Alternatively you can write a blog and my personal preference is to have both as it will further help to brand your name.
4.) Write short copy email application
No potential client will want to read your 20 page application form. Keep your email short and to the point. Ideally you have between 3-7 sentences. The less words you need to describe your strength’ and qualifications for the job, the higher the chances are that your email gets read.
5.) Be yourself
This might be obvious, but never pretend to be anybody you are not, especially when applying for writing jobs. It is important your potential client connects with you on a personal level.
This connection often happens within the first two sentences of your application email.
Freelance writing gigs
If you haven’t already noticed, I have added a new writing job board to my site. It will allow you to find paying writing jobs right from this blog. Just click on the freelance writing gigs link and it will take you there.