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How to Get More Freelance Writing Clients

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Whether you’re an experienced blogger or a brand new one, there seems to be a common trend in the community lately. So many of you seem hungry for extra income. You want it to pay off your debt. You want it to quit your job. You want it to give yourself a little wiggle room and independence.

The number of e-mails I’ve received in the past few weeks asking me how to become a freelance writer have been staggering. I am used to getting questions like these, especially since becoming a full-time freelancer, and I’m always happy to share my story.

Actually, after I received five of these e-mails in one week, I finally sat down and launched a freelance writing coaching program. There is obviously a need in the community for people to learn exactly how to build a writing portfolio and pitch clients, and I feel fortunate to have the knowledge and the contacts to pass on to others looking to get jobs.

Whether you are able to join a coaching program or not though, there are three things you have to remember if you want to get more freelance writing clients.

1. Write Like No One’s Watching

 

Each and every one of us can write “10 Ways to Get Out of Debt.” It’s been done over and over and over again. What clients really want is for you to dig deep, open up, and share your successes, your failures, and sometimes, even your pain. This is what makes bloggers successful – being themselves. It’s what makes posts go viral, and it’s what makes you stand out above the rest.

2. Work Harder than Everyone Else

 

The personal finance niche is very saturated when it comes to freelance writers. There are lots of very talented people who enjoy writing about money. I always tell others that there’s plenty of room for all of us. I really believe that.

The Internet is a big place, and there are countless opportunities to write as long as you know where to look. Pitch, pitch, and pitch over and over and over again until your fingers have blisters from hitting the keyboard. You have no idea how many rejections I’ve gotten over the past few years. Probably hundreds. And yet, I’m still doing what I love because of sheer persistence.

3. Advertise Your Freelance Writing Services

 

Personal finance bloggers are highly intelligent. I know I’m a bit biased but I read probably 50-100 blogs every day, and I’ve learned this is true. People who write in the personal finance niche do not mess around. Sure, we might have made money mistakes in the past, but overall, I’d say we’re a brainy bunch.

Why is it, then, that so many people have trouble advertising their services and selling others on the awesomeness of their credentials? Have the confidence to provide some references, put up a hire me page and brag about yourself because if you don’t, no one else will!

There’s so much more advice I could give but those are probably the three most important things to do when it comes to getting more freelance writing clients. Good luck, and if you need a coach along the way or a good kick in the pants, please check out my program.

 

Have you ever wanted to be a freelance writer online? If you are already, how did you get started? Where do you look for freelance writing gigs? How do you pitch your services as a freelance writer?

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Catherine Alford is a personal finance freelance writer and blogger. She received a B.A. from The College of William and Mary and an M.A. from Virginia Tech. When she is not writing for other websites on all topics frugal and fabulous, she enjoys sharing her adventures on her blog, www.BudgetBlonde.com

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