How I Started Getting More Freelance Jobs

freelanceI recently learned that I may be losing a major freelancing client of mine, through no fault of my own.

For the past two years, I’ve had to really limit my freelancing. Between working full-time and going to school full-time for my MPA, I just didn’t have much spare time to devote to my side hustle business.

So I kept the work that I had and took leads that came to me, but when it came to actually going out there and pursuing business? I pretty much took a break from that.

And still, I managed to earn $20K a year from my side hustle income for the past two years in a row.  I consider that a success.

Now that my master’s program will be done in less than four weeks (!), combined with losing a big client, I decided I should really start taking some time to build up my clientele and putting myself back out there.

SO I did—and in less than a week, I found myself with four new freelancing clients.

How did I start getting more freelance jobs?

I Emailed Leads

I scoured websites that may need a writer and started emailing them to offer my services. I emailed old contacts I had and told them I was on the lookout for more work. I followed up with clients who had emailed in the past, and who I –unfortunately—had to turn down at the time due to my schedule. I searched online job boards. Basically, I followed up on every lead I had and I emailed them to offer freelancing services.

I Promoted Myself

A big advantage I feel I have over some other freelancers is that I have professional writing experience, in addition to my blog. I actually worked as a reporter for a newspaper for a few years, so I have solid writing experience.

In order to distinguish myself from other freelancers, I highlight my work experience, and include my 7+ years of blogging experience. In order to start getting more freelance jobs , you have to be able to promote yourself.

I Told Everyone

In addition to following up on my own leads, I also let people know that I am accepting new clients. Similar to when I was searching for a job almost five years ago, I let everyone and their mother know that I am seeking more freelance work. Because even if that person doesn’t need a freelancer, they may hear of someone that needs a freelancer and they’ll go “Oh have you tried Erika yet? She is accepting new clients and she’s really good!”

Which leads me to…

Do You Need a Freelancer?

Hire me! I am an experienced professional writer with 7+ years of blogging experience. I do SEO content, proofreading, editing, content management, and more.

I’ve extensively covered personal finance, but also write about lifestyle topics and niche marketing as well.

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9 thoughts on “How I Started Getting More Freelance Jobs

  1. February 5, 2015 at 7:59 am

    you are too smart. congrats on this
    could you share details on what strategy you follow to find such clients? I see most of these companies looking for employee on full-time basis. I check indeed.com. Is there any other website that we can check out?

  2. January 30, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Nicely done–congrats! You’re smart to put yourself out there like that, you’re right that you never know who might be hiring.

  3. January 29, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Congrats on securing more freelancing so quickly! And on the upcoming MPA! Great advice! When business is slow for me, I try to think of what I want to do full time and I think I’m leaning towards non-profit work now…

  4. January 29, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    That’s awesome you’re able to bring in so much extra income! I definitely need to find my niche and start making money with my skills – tutoring science classes perhaps?

  5. January 28, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Promoting myself has never come naturally, but I’m trying! I’ve learned that that’s a huge part of it.

  6. January 28, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Great job on getting more clients. Here is what I did to get more deals:
    1. revamped my web design portfolio
    2. re-activated my Linkedin profile.
    Immediately got a well paying job with a client I worked with 4 years ago.

  7. January 28, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Great job! I do many of these same things in order to find more freelance jobs. It works!

  8. January 28, 2015 at 9:20 am

    I agree with Tonya, and I love how you just went after it! I’m gearing up to do the same now that we’re finding our rhythm with the new site. Best of luck to you!

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