I’m a firm believer in getting your foot in the door. As a first year freelancer that means you may have to take projects that don’t pay fantastically so that you can get the street cred necessary to build your freelancing business. A great way of doing this is by getting involved in some online freelancing websites and developing the habit of seeking out new clients regularly. Once Write Away Freelance LLC officially opened it’s doors in March all I wanted was to get out there and build my portfolio and gain experience with the whole three step process (i.e. 1. Find Clients 2. Write Stuff 3. Profit). Here are some notables that you should look into when you start writing as a freelancer:
1.) Freelancewriting.com – This website is your best friend. Not only do they have TONS of resources available, they also post jobs, tell you know when magazines are asking for submissions and have regular articles and job leads that are invaluable to freelancers.
2.) Scripted.com – Great for newbies to the freelancing gig. They have good pay rates for first timer’s they pay on time, there’s a lot of job diversity, the opportunity to become Favorited and receive specialized work from clients who like you, you can advance and become experts in certain criteria after a certain time, it’s great and the application process isn’t that grueling. They will ask you to do a grammar test, they will ask for writing samples but by and large their process is pretty pain-free.
3.) Onlinewritingjobs.com– Also great for newcomers, rates are a little low for my liking but I started with them when Write Away Freelance had JUST started and now I’ve got a regular client through them for work that’s pretty easy regular money in an industry that I want to get into more closely so I’d say give them a try too. They do require a writing test which isn’t too scary and expect to learn a lot about SEO there, they’re big on having their writer’s integrate SEO keywords which is a great place to start so you can learn about SEO without having to be an expert going in. Nice amount of job diversity as well.
4.) FreelancersUnion.org – I’m a firm believer in do-it-myself crafts but it’s nice to have someone to guide me through using tools so I don’t saw off a vital bit (i.e….thumb…or leg). Freelancing is much the same way, and one of the best resources that I’ve found for first time freelancers is Freelancers Union. I make it a point to read their e-newletters when they come out, they are always answering a question I have, or maybe one I hadn’t considered. They also can get you insurance and other benefits so it’s worth checking them out if you’re looking for a resource for that.
5.) Bloggingpro.com – Specifically, their job board here is active and there are a lot of posts for people looking for web content, content curation, social media specialists, really anything related to web writing. I’ve gotten some good leads from here. Unfortunately it’s not really helpful for freelancers in other disciplines.
6.) Journalismjobscom – Another one primarily geared towards writers. I happen to love this website because there is a tremendous amount of job diversity here from PR to Non-Profits and a lot more. So if you want to gain experience in a certain niche area this is a good place to look.
Anyone else have freelance resources? Post them in the comments below!