Well hello there, once again it’s been a while, hasn’t it? In the midst of moving house, I found myself unable to focus on anything other than putting up bookshelves and finding the right Internet signal. So, while I started my post on finding freelance writer jobs, it just fell off my radar.
Upon talking to a colleague about this, she said that moving house is amongst the three most stressful events anyone can face. The other two include bereavement and divorce. Therefore, while I had every intention of directing you toward better freelance writer jobs…it just didn’t happen.
While trying to juggle unpacking boxes and familiarizing myself with a new recycling schedule (we’re kind of big on that in the UK), I simultaneously found myself staring down the barrel of several stress-inducing rewrites. Said rewrites came from a classic content mill site that I like to fall back on when I need to remain flexible. However, as a project manager at said mill didn’t convey all of the instructions, and so I began losing income as I redrafted content. Had the project come with the correct instructions, to begin with, a rewrite wouldn’t have been needed.
And therein lies the problem with content mills. You’ll almost always have to work at the behest of the client and the middleman. Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t give every client your all, they’re paying you for a service after all. But, when you’re left to essentially double your work because a middleman didn’t pass on instructions, that falls into the realms of unfair treatment.
Although I still write for content mills when independent projects are few and far between, I don’t make the mistake of leaning on them entirely. Instead, I find freelance writer jobs elsewhere.
Freelance writer jobs from job boards
Even if you’re new to the whole freelancing thing, I’m willing to bet you’ve come across these freelance writer job boards before:
- Problogger. The freelance writer jobs advertised via Problogger are never scams. They’re not the type of advertisers who will promise to ‘pay according to experience’ and then stuff you into the $0.01 per word category until they’re happy with you. Instead, they’re the type of employers who will pay on time, with decent rates, and may even provide you with exposure.
- BloggingPro. Heres’s why I love BloggingPro: you’ll find some of the quirkier freelance writer jobs out there. For example, I recently found one that’ll allow me to write about sex and dating. Sure, that’s not exactly an unusual niche, but it’s far more interesting than writing product descriptions. Additionally, if you have a niche you’re chasing, the chances are you’ll find work representing it via the site.
- FreelanceWriting’s Jobs Section. I’ve mentioned in previous posts on finding freelancing jobs online that you can search via sites such as Craigslist and Indeed. However, trawling through each site individually requires a lot of effort. To remove said effort, you can head to FreelanceWriting where the team amalgamates them, making each post easier to access. Naturally, you need to exercise a little caution when it comes to the Craigslist jobs, but it is a great time saver.
Start pitching to online publications that are in your niche
Before you begin pitching for freelance writer jobs in your niche, it’s worth knowing that you’ll take a lot of rejection. As such, you need to work on not taking that too personally. Just like romantic relationships, not every writer is a good fit for the publication they pitch to.
There’s also a knack to pitching. It isn’t a process you should rush. Instead, you need to ease yourself into it gently, perfect your approach, and then you can focus on moving quickly.
With that said, you need to know how to go about pitching for freelance writer jobs. Like many aspects of the freelancing world, it’s a process that moves slowly:
- Start searching for publications in your target niche. Honestly, searching for publications in your target niche only requires a common sense Google search.
- Check that the publication you like is accepting pitches. And, while you’re making sure your target publication is currently in the business of accepting pitches, see what it wants. Some online magazines specify what they want, others will expect you to look at existing content and figure out whether your topic or style of tone is appropriate.
- Make sure your pitch isn’t already a site feature. Depending on how many emails the editors receive each day if your topic already features on the site they may not even acknowledge your email. Again, don’t take a lack of acknowledgment personally. Editors are busy people, and emails are time suckers.
- Find out who you need to send your pitch to. Don’t send an email to a generic address. One danger of doing so is that you’ll pitch to the wrong section, which wastes your time and theirs. The second danger is that your beautiful pitch will sink into a sea of emails that nobody ever acknowledges.
- Make sure your pitch remains specific, be original. Don’t just write to an editor telling them you want to feature a post about women’s health on their site. Tell them what your idea is, otherwise you’ll leave them feeling as though you’re focusing on an unoriginal topic and nothing else. Include an engaging headline that’ll entice their readers. Tell them about yourself and why you’re the best person to write for them.
I’ll repeat this again: pitching is a realm where you need to not take rejection too personally. If someone doesn’t like your idea, accept that another person might. If people keep bouncing it back at you, then consider adding it to your blog instead.
Step into the realm of cold emailing
One of the trickier ways to find freelance writer jobs is to step into the realm of cold emailing. I receive the occasional cold email myself, and I usually ignore them. A key reason for doing so is that the person often addresses me as ‘Sir,’ which is a clear indicator that they’re copying and pasting the same email to site after site.
Just like when you pitch to magazines, sending a cold email involves doing a little research. Don’t send your email to a generic address, as the chances are they won’t reach the right person. Instead, focus on digging out the email of the company’s owner, or whoever else is likely to take your pitch seriously.
As you may have guessed, grabbing someone’s email so you can pitch to them isn’t really as easy as it sounds. Few CEOs or business owners will publish their email on their site. You can use software called Hunter to try and find the right person, but after a certain number of attempts,
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There are some great guides out there on cold emailing. For your first attempts, try this one.
One of the greatest benefits of finding freelance writer jobs this way is that you’re more likely to work within your niche. Similarly, you can negotiate your rates, secure regular work, and gain more testimonials for your site.
Cold emailing for freelance writer jobs becomes time-consuming when you don’t do it right
Like any approach to finding freelance writer jobs, cold emailing soon becomes time-consuming when you don’t approach it the right way. I have found that the following method helps me save time:
- Create a spreadsheet of potential clients. You can do this using the Hunter app that I mentioned earlier. When looking at each client’s site, consider whether they need you as their freelance writer. If they have a strong blog, excellent web content, and a very high Google ranking, you may waste your time pitching to them. Dedicate an hour every weekend to trawling the net and finding potential jobs.
- Set a time each day for writing pitches. Set a timer, begin writing your pitch, and shoot out those cold emails. Stop precisely when the timer goes off and pick it up again the next day. Going over your allocated time slot means you may slip into the world of being disorganised and unproductive.
- Make sure each pitch is unique and focuses on an element of the client’s site that’s weak. Don’t write a generic copy and paste email then send it out. Take a personal approach and they’ll know you’re there to work hard for them.
- If they respond, return to them promptly. A slow reply to their response may leave them feeling as though you’ll produce work at a snail’s pace too.
Above all, when you’re trying to find freelance writer jobs, always aim higher. Try to perfect your expertise, sell yourself, and don’t be shy. With the right approach, you can make your income rocket.