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“Where to find customers for Writing Gigs”
In this final article of this series, we’ll cover “Where to find customers,” because when it comes to freelance writing you can’t expect success by just sitting and waiting for them to find you, especially when you are just getting started.
One of the best places to start looking for new customers is on freelance websites like Fiverr, Elance, and oDesk, as I briefly mentioned in the previous article. These sites are like a virtual job marketplace and they are the perfect solution for finding writing jobs.
Keep in mind that every freelance marketplace is different. You should take some time to read their terms of service before joining so you can be clear on the rules, know how much it costs to participate and most importantly how you’ll get paid.
There are several benefits to using freelance websites to find work, including:
– You’ll have access to a huge database of freelance projects in multiple categories
You can search through the database by category, keyword or job type. Most of them have a rating system in place that allows members to rate their employers and employees, so you can also search according to the number of positive reviews and where they rank on the site hierarchy.
On some sites, you can also see how much money they’ve paid out to other freelancers so you can be fairly certain you’re working with a credible person or business.
– Fraud protection and account management
The freelance site requires all members to be verified before they’re allowed to post projects. They also handle all of the monetary transactions for you. This type of security ensures that you will be paid promptly.
On some of these sites, the employer is required to place the funds to cover the cost of the project into an escrow account before you begin working on it.
– Easy access to your funds
Once you’ve completed the project most freelance websites will give you a variety of options to withdraw your funds for payment including the option Direct Deposit to your bank account, PayPal account or other financial institution. Some will still mail you a check though paper checks are obsolete for many providers.
– You’re not alone
A good freelance site will also offer you dispute assistance and help you resolve any issues that may arise between you and an employer. Including lack of payment, customer complaints etc.
– People can find you
One of the biggest benefits of using a freelance site is that employers can find you especially after you have taken the time to build up your reputation on their site.
Listed for a while, you’ll find that you’ll have customers contacting you without your having to search through the job marketplace websites anymore.
When you’re using freelance websites you’ll want to create a profile on several different freelancing websites. Just be careful not to spread yourself too thin.
Join one or two at first. Then after you have begun to establish yourself as an expert on them, you can easily add others to the list. In time you’ll discover the most effective ones and simply concentrate on them.
The following is a list of the top freelance websites available for you to check out:
Elance – https://www.elance.com
This site has over 500,000 user’s actively posting projects, so there is never a shortage of available work.
Freelancer – http://www.freelancer.com
This is one of the largest and oldest freelance sites. It has a great reputation, a huge member base and holds a world of opportunity for anyone serious about making money freelancing.
oDesk – https://www.odesk.com
Has a great online dashboard that makes it easy to collaborate with employers, employees and team members. They offer a wide variety of opportunities and a suite of handy tools for freelance writers.
Guru – http://www.guru.com
Is predominantly used by web designers and people looking for web designers, however, they still have plenty of opportunities for freelance writers.
Ifreelance – http://www.ifreelance.com
Unlike many of the other freelance sites, this one doesn’t charge a commission on the money you earn, instead, you pay a small monthly fee making them more profitable for busy writers.
Micro Workers – http://www.microworkers.com
This site is perfect if you are looking for those small jobs we have discussed before like blog posts, commenting on YouTube videos and Twitter tweets.
Go Freelance – http://www.gofreelance.com
This site has hundreds of new freelancing jobs posted on their jobs board each day. They offer a 3-day trial so you can check out the site before you become a full-fledged member. If you decide to join, they have a very reasonable one-time fee.
People Per Hour – http://www.peopleperhour.com
Most of the freelances on this site average an hourly job rate of around $35 per hour. It is an excellent place to pick up lucrative freelancing jobs.
Cloudcrowd – http://www.cloudcrowd.com
This one is Facebook’s freelancing application. It offers a variety of writing jobs and pays you the day after you complete a task. It also requires you to have a PayPal account in order to sign up.
Fiverr – http://fiverr.com
This is another great place to find customers, especially small jobs. It isn’t the same as other freelance sites. To get work through Fiverr you have to post a gig offering your services.
The appeal of this site is that you can get things done for $5. Of course, you don’t want to underprice your services, so you should mainly use this one for lead generation.
On any freelance site, you decide to join
It is important to fill out your profile completely, link to your website and provide a variety of samples for prospective employers to explore on any freelance site you join.
You should also take time to become familiar with the way the site functions and how the bidding process works before you begin applying for jobs.
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