Sorry. This isn’t a one-sentence-answer kinda topic.
Congratulations on getting your work published (happy dance) and building a resume! Now let’s use those pieces to land you more work. I’ll also talk about how to actively direct your career in an effort to land more of the types of writing assignments you love.
I assume you read the previous section of the career map and understand what to expect (and what is expected of you) as a freelance writer. If not, I urge you to go back and start at the beginning. There’s no point going into this new endeavor blind when you don’t have to. And even if you’ve been reading about freelancing obsessively, I’ve included tax resources to make your life (a little) easier; something you’ll be responsible for once you earn your first deposit. (Don’t worry, it’s only mildly irritating.)
In this section you’ll learn:
- How to use your existing clips to get hired
- The 3 categories of freelance writing work
- The 3 types of work your career needs to grow
- Use your life experience to your freelance writing career’s advantage
- How to research a new market-before you approach them
- # ways to market your writing skills
Then I’ll show you where to find the best:
- Job boards worth bookmarking (essentially classified ads for freelance writers)
- Markets to write for
- On-spec markets for new writers
Now, are you ready to start taking on writing assignments?
Then let’s get started!
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3 Ways to (1)
To manage your career, you’ll want to be aware of the 3 categories of freelance writing work. Deciding how much to take on of each type will help you plan and focus your career goals.
3 Types of Writing
But in the grand scheme of writing as a passion, you might also plan to balance your paid work with personal and passion projects.
How Your LifeExperienceCan Land YouWriting Assignments
Use your current knowledge and experience to land new writing gigs and build your portfolio.
We’ll cover what to write about and how to identify your niche back on the career map. I’ll show you how to combine your experience with your clips to break into new markets and direct your chosen career path, so don’t forget. 🙂
The Ultimate Pre-Pitch Checklist
This is a guide I wrote over at Be A Freelance Blogger and it’s something I urge new freelancers to use (or at least read) before pitching any new publication or client. Eventually you’ll be able to click over to a new market or client site and know exactly what to look for-but until then, this list shows you where to find what editors and clients expect you to know about them…before your pitch.
You’re ready to pitch your skills and article ideas to publications and clients! Here’s everything you need to know to do that.
Here’s where to find jobs and publications that pay their writers:
Job Boards Worth Bookmarking
Beginner Freelance Writers
So you’re ready, at least to start pitching. Which also means it’s time to start building and optimizing your professional website so you have somewhere to send all of those prospective clients.
If you don’t have a website, I’ll help you set up a WordPress site (both .com and .org, we’ll talk about the difference but either one will give you the chance to familiarize yourself with the software-which you’ll want on your resume) and if you have one already-Great! You’ll be able to skip straight to optimizing and setting your site up so it sells.
And makes you look good. 🙂
Also, make sure you’re writing regularly. Even I take days off but if being new to freelancing means you haven’t spent a lot of time writing lately, you need to start now. After all, you’re selling your skill and ability as a writer and there’s only one way to build those and become increasingly hireable: Write. (Probably the best advice I’ve got!)
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I’ll see you back on the Interactive Freelance Writing Career Map when you’re ready to get started!