Journalism students are like workers bees. They’re always buzzing around campus and doing something interesting. But, believe it or not, there are some students who prefer staying at home. They prefer working from their computer, making their own schedule, and writing in a whole different ways. These students are called freelancers. And, if you want to join them, you might face some challenges, some accomplishments, and quite a bit of money. You’ll also improve your writing. And that’s what college is really about.
So, how does one find freelance jobs? That’s pretty simple.
1. Upwork or a Platform
Websites (or platforms) like Upwork are created and designed for you to find new clients. You’ll be able to fill out job applications, send resumes, and create a profile. The service is usually free, with bonus opportunities to those who are willing to spend a little cash. You can find lifetime clients through this website; people who are more than happy to hire you over and over again.
However, Upwork takes a fee from each writer (10%). Other websites take more. Some take less. Either way, make sure that you look at all of your options before working through a platform that might end up costing you more in the long run.
2. A Personal Blog
That’s right. You can find work through your personal blog. By publishing your work and sharing information about your freelance status, you’ll open yourself up to contacts about work and potential clients. You’ll also find that these clients appreciate your writing style, because they specifically looked you up in order to get in contact with you.
To get your website noticed, you’ll need to gain followers through social media. You’ll also need to update often, and make sure you’re getting a steady amount of traffic.
3. Professors and Friends
Current contacts are a great way to find freelance clients. Many times, friends know potential clients, or can introduce you to someone who needs help. Professors are even better. They know adults who need website content, press releases, or eBooks. They’re able to provide you with a well-rounded list of options. Try hitting up the people you know before you try reaching out. You might be surprised by what you end up with.
You can market yourself in the local paper, on a website, or through social media. Try advertising your name as a brand; a service. This will bring people to you, and will push them to hire you. It’s important that you always have a resume prepared and writing samples on hand. You never know when someone might try to contact you about a project.
Advertising sometimes involves spending money before you actually receive any. This is usually worth it, because marketing has a tendency to bring in people who had no idea that freelancing really existed. Where does one find a writer? And then boom, there you were, waiting for them. It’s that simple.
5. Past Clients
If you’ve been freelancing for a while and you have no idea where to turn for more work, try looking at previous clients. Often, these individuals have projects that they need finished but haven’t touched in a while. It’s the same concept as a couple who has a number for their babysitter, but never actually uses it. They keep saying they’re going to go out, but they never have a chance. But, when the babysitter calls and offers a day, the parents jump at the opportunity. Why? Because they’re being reminded. And that’s what you do when you contact past clients.
Previous clients also have the opportunity to refer you to new clients. It’s always smart to ask your current clients whether or not they know someone who could use some assistance with their projects. Sometimes, they say no. But, many times, they say yes.
You shouldn’t assume that, if your client knew someone that might be interested in you, they would have told you already. You need to bring these issues up on your own, and push your clients to take your working relationship to the next level. Once referrals come into play, you start to branch out. You get more and more clients unrelated to a platform, but related to the name that you’re making for yourself. And that’s the important part.
If you still have an interest in freelancing, you should check out these options and see which works the best for you. Usually, platforms are the easiest way to start. But, if you have an established website and you want to go from there, you can work in that direction. It all depends on your strengths, and what you want for yourself.
by CassandraBondie, writer on www.edusson.com
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