Finding good freelance websites can sometimes be as difficult as trying to find a needle in a haystack. The problem with these websites is many of them feature repeat writing job offers, meaning you get the same stuff over and over again.
But many new writers who just start out in the industry are thinking about nothing else than finding paid freelance writing jobs. And so it should be. I can’t recount how many people keep asking for my help in regards to starting out as a freelancer and pretty much every time I answer with the same reply.
I also can’t stress enough how easy it really is to get started as a freelance writer. Seriously! But unfortunately most people (including myself) are afraid of the unknown and end up over-analyzing their situation which quickly leads to procrastination.
The trouble for most people is their unwillingness to reduce their income in return for a steady income. I know because when I put out my call for a freelance writer on this blog not so long ago, most of the applicants refused to work for a lower rate – what they failed to see is that they were actually given a chance at earning some income. I think in today’s economy we can’t look a horse in the mouth. We should be thankful for every penny we make.
The rest will happen by design!
Plus the writers who were willing to work for the advertised rate have already made a few hundred dollars and guess where I will be outsourcing to when the pace increases? Right!
This business is ALL about who you know and having trust into each others abilities. A lot of it is also based on referrals. I didn’t build up my online profile to the level it is now by sheer chance. It is the result of a long term marketing plan and still continues to be.
I’d like to call this success by design.
To get to those levels you need to start out somewhere and to get earning money fast. Freelance websites are places where you can do this within the next week. Plus the sooner you start earning money, the quicker your confidence levels will soar.
Freelance websites action plan
Getting noticed on those freelance writing job sites is all about standing out from the pack by creating your own persona. You can do this by following these tips:
- Do pay particular attention to writing good, strong copy. This means no spelling mistakes and shoddy replies to potential clients.
- Do employ a sense of authority. What I mean by this is not to show people that you are a total noob.
- Do watch other people’s bids and check them out if you can, then bid along the top third with better, more irresistible communication.
- Do persist. Bidding on the one job and then giving up is a big no. Bid on as many jobs as you can comfortably handle if you were to get them all.
- Do be prepared to send samples, even better, upload them to your portfolio site (you have one don’t you???).
- Do enjoy the learning curve and aim to do better after every time you get a rejection.
Finding the right freelance websites is not about them (the sites), it is all about you and how you apply yourself to these job offers.