Want to make money writing but don’t know where to start? It’s no secret that the freelance economy has exploded, and the demand for skilled writers has never been higher. That means you have plenty of opportunities if you know where to look. Here are four places to find quality freelance writing clients who will pay you well for your work.
Websites like Upwork and Freelancer are where most freelancers start, but the competition is fierce. Upwork, for example, has more than 6,120 job postings, but its talent marketplace has far more freelancers vying for the same jobs. But, despite the misconception that these platforms encourage talented people to lower their rates to win projects, there are many successful professionals on these sites. One of my most loyal clients found my profile on Freelancer and asked me to write a blog post, and we have been working together since.
Did you know you can find part-time, freelance, and project-based jobs at major job boards? Career search websites such as Kalibrr, JobStreet, and Indeed advertise freelance work. You may have to dig a little to find good opportunities, and it’s just a matter of refining your search and using the right keywords. I successfully landed a freelance gig through a leading job board and have also caught the eye of several prospective clients by applying through these job sites.
Probably the most accessible source of freelance writing work online, social media has become the primary way writers can attract the attention of potential clients. Look at LinkedIn to find entrepreneurs and business owners searching for content and copywriters. Try the Jobs feature on Facebook for part-time work and projects. Join Facebook groups such as Freelance Writers Philippines and the Freelance Writers Guild of the Philippines for practical advice from fellow writers. The possibilities are endless.
Personal network and connections
Connections can be the key to getting writing jobs. It would help if you had a circle of people who know your work, can vouch for you, or want to hire you. Finding people with these qualities is the most important thing you can do when looking for freelance gigs.
Tap your network of friends, family, and professional contacts to help you find work. A nonprofit organization engaged my services as a project-based writer thanks to a job posting a mutual connection had shared on her social media page. One of my previous employers hired me for a one-month project after learning that I had gone into freelancing.
Writing is a highly practical skill for people to have, and there’s a good chance you can start making money writing in a few weeks. The only thing holding you back is knowing where to look for clients. But don’t worry: there are plenty of resources out there. By taking the time and effort and writing a compelling profile, you can land freelancing projects that pay fairly and reasonably.