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