How much time do you spend each day trying to find your next freelancing gig?
Are you combing through Craigslist ads from cities across the nation?
Is your bookmark bar full of free job boards, ready to check throughout the day?
Looking for decent gigs is time-consuming, I totally understand.
When I was first starting as a freelancer, I bootstrapped it. I didn’t spend a dime until I had earned the money.
Using only free listings, I landed my first gig.
I’m going to be brutally honest with you…
I HATE Black Friday.
Standing in line for 12 hours in the wind and rain with too much coffee and not being able to run to the bathroom is sooooo not my cup of tea. (Also, I’m not much of a tea person so… yeah.)
I do, however, love a good deal.
I’ve teamed up with companies and friends to bring you some really awesome deals on stuff that I use or that I know to be totally aft kicking!
Have you been unsuccessfully bidding jobs via job boards? Then this post is for you!
Personally, I was able to land 90%+ of my clients in the first six months via job boards. Honestly, without them, I don’t know where I would be. I’m a fairly driven individual, so I’m sure I would have found another way. But job boards are where I got a successful start and somewhere I still recommend that newbie freelance writers look for work.
It doesn’t have to (or won’t be) the only way you source clients,
Want to be taken seriously as a freelance writer?
Of course, you do! We all do. If you’re anything like the “average freelancer” though, your friends and family might not get what it is that you do. That’s okay – they don’t have to.
One of the biggest things that hold freelancers back from success is a lack of confidence. If you question your writing skills or whether or not you can hack it in this business, you’re not alone.
If you’re anything like me, it’s probably been a while since you’ve had to submit an essay to your teacher or professor. Mix that lack of practice with terrible American vernacular surrounding many writers and the era we live in where LOL, BTW and other nonsensical abbreviations are now the norm, and you have a grammar disaster waiting to happen.
My grammar hammer is not always as point as I’d like it to be, but it’s certainly improved since I jumped into the world of writing. If you’re going to jump into freelance writing or blogging,