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Finding Your First Freelance Client: 15 Places To Look

15 places to find your first freelance client

Finding your first freelance client can be a tough gig, especially if you have no idea where to look. When I first started out, I knew of two freelancing sites. Luckily, I managed to find my first client in that way. But, I want you to know that you have plenty of options when it comes to finding decent paying writing gigs. Some of my favourite sites are listed below. Here, you’ll find a range of paying gigs, as well as a bonus download of sites that pay for guest posts!

People Per Hour

One of my favourite sites for finding work, People Per Hour is a freelance site where you’ll find jobs for writing, editing, proofreading, social media and design. As well as being able to pitch for jobs, you can create an ‘hourlie’ to sell a service, such as writing an article or proofreading an essay. Clients can then buy your service directly, without you having to pitch.

Tip: competition can be fierce, so regularly search for jobs (changing the order of jobs to show the newest first is ideal) and apply as soon as possible as jobs can be filled quickly. My free e-course here gives some tips on how to apply for jobs on freelance sites.

Upwork

Upwork is similar to People Per Hour, except you’ll find a lot more jobs listed. Most of these jobs are very low paying, but there are some gems to be found. Again, you should regularly search the job listings and apply asap. The site can sometimes be glitchy, however, it’s a site I’d recommend to try if you’re first starting out.

Indeed

Indeed is a site that brings together job vacancies from many other job sites. There aren’t many freelance jobs listed, but its still a site thats worth checking out.

Tip: Use keywords in the search bar to bring up specific results for job vacancies. Try using ‘blogger’ ‘writer’ and copywriter’ in your searches.

Linked In

If you’re planning on becoming a freelancer, get a Linked In profile. As well as finding job listings on the site, you’ll be able to connect with small businesses and potential clients. Make sure you fill out your Linked In profile as fully as possible, including experience and skills.

Pro Blogger Jobs

You’ll find several writing jobs listed on the Pro Blogger website. Not all of them are well paid, and some only pay on how many views your article receives, so make sure you read the listing carefully before you submit a pitch.

Write Jobs

Write Jobs has a mixture of jobs, originally posted from Craigslist, alongside other sites. You’ll also find writing competitions listed too.

Freelance Writing Jobs

This site has just been taken over so expect it to be regularly updated soon. Sign up to The Morning Coffee newsletter and you’ll receive jobs straight to your inbox.

Absolute Write

You’ll find a few jobs listed on the Absolute Write forums. This is a great job board for those who write fiction, in particular, short stories.

Reddit

Yes!Reddit is an underrated site for job opportunities, but they’re definitely on there. Check out the for hire page and hire a writer.

Bloggerjobs.biz Board

There are a few remote positions on this site, as well as those based in a specific region.

Twitter

Jobs are posted on Twitter all the time – finding them is a real problem though! I generally use the #freelancejobs hashtag and #writingjobs

All Indie Writers

There are a range of low paying to high paying jobs on All Indie Writers. Remember to check this site as often as you can and apply fast to land the job you want!

Ed2010

Most of these jobs are full time, based in New York or LA, however, you’ll find a few freelance, remote jobs.

Freelance Writing Gigs

One of my favourite sites, you’ll find writing jobs, proofreading, editing, journalism, blogging jobs, as well as internships.

The Write Life

There’s a lot of jobs listed here via Simply Hired. Worth checking if you’re based in the US.

Now get the FREE download. This is a list of 47 sites that pay you to write a guest post or article. Get the list now!

How To Create A Services Page For Your Blog

How to create a services page for your blog

If you’re considering branching out into freelance work, then adding a services page to your blog is the perfect way to let clients know that you’re available for projects. As I mention in my free e-course, From Blogger to Freelancer, a services page is a great method of self-promotion, and its also one of the most underrated pages on a blog.

A services page can be added to your blog as a separate page, and its best to link this in your navigation so visitors to your site can easily see it.

Do I really need a services page?

If you want to attract clients and show you’re available for work, a services page on your blog is the cheapest form of advertising your business.

Your page can also help you to attract your ideal clients and ensure you stay booked!

It all starts with your copy!

Writing effective copy is what is going to make the difference between a successful services page and one that will be overlooked by potential clients.

You need to include relevant information to sell your business packages and demonstrate what you can offer your dream clients.

What to include on your page:

A short paragraph on each of your services. What exactly do you offer? Remember, new visitors to your page may know nothing about you or your work, so you really need to explain in a clear and concise way. If you offer writing services, specifically state what type of writing you can provide. For example, articles, blogs, web pages, ad copy.

Who is your ideal client? Stating who you want to work with will help you to attract your ideal client. You may have experience in a specific area, which will benefit a certain type of business or individual. Your expertise may be suitable for small fashion brands, tech businesses, amazon stores, ebay shops, etc.

Why should a client hire you? What can you bring to the table? What makes your skills better than other freelancers? Maybe you have vast experience, offer a unique client experience or you can provide a fast turnaround.

Show examples of your work. If you have a dedicated portfolio then link to it here, however, if not, showcase two to three pieces of your best work – ensure your examples are relevant to your ideal client. For instance, don’t link to an article on gardening if your ideal client is a beauty brand. You might also want to add testimonials from previous clients – demonstrating that others have recommended your services will encourage potential clients to book you.

How much do you charge? Whether you should add a price list to your website is a topic of great debate, however, providing a pricing guide can help to attract clients that have the budget to hire you. It also shows that there is no room for negotiation when it comes to your fees.

Show your process and timeline – What is your turnaround time for work completion? Are you accepting clients for a specific time frame?

Add a simple call to action. So, your website visitor has read your page and is ready to take the next step to hire your services. Adding a direct way to contact you provides a quick and easy way for the client to make a booking.

Service page example

To make it easier for you, here is a simple yet effective example of a service page.

Do you need to shake up your brand?

As an experienced content writer, let me take care of your copy! I can provide;

*Articles – well-researched content with one high-resolution image and a clear call to action.

*Web Copy – web pages exclusively tailored for your brand, including SEO.

*Email campaigns – creating email newsletters, campaigns and strategic marketing copy for sales conversion.

My services are designed for contemporary fashion brands and magazines. I have sevens years of experience in content marketing and my previous clients include some of the UK’s most successful high street fashion brands.

For examples of my previous works, please find my portfolio here _______

Price list:

Web copy packages from £300

Email campaigns from £50

Articles from £40

Currently booking for Summer 2016.

Want to take your business to the next level? Contact me now! [insert contact form]

You can also find me hanging out on social media here [insert social links]

Remember, your services page should be clear and concise, but don’t be afraid to showcase your skills – its your opportunity to sell yourself!

From Blogger to Freelancer – The Amazing Free E-Course

Become a freelance writer the free course

The 5 day e-course that really works!

One of the questions I get asked most is ‘how can I become a freelance writer?’

If becoming a freelancer is on your career agenda, then you may be struggling with;

Where to find freelance jobs?

How to start applying

How to get experience

How to get your name out there

Sound familiar?

I struggled with this too. When I started my freelance career, I had no idea where to look for work or how to pitch for a job. The information I found on the internet just wasn’t relevant to me. So, I jumped into the deep end! Luckily, my hard work and hustling paid off!

That’s where From Blogger to Freelancer comes in! It’s to help you start your freelance career and creative business by using the strategies that I tried and tested for myself. I’m now a full-time copywriter and social media manager, working with a variety of clients from around the world.

Wait! Do I need to be a blogger to become a freelance writer?

No, but I highly recommend starting a blog if you have no/limited writing experience. If you want to start a blog, check out 5 proactive ways to start your WordPress blog

A blog will allow you to get your writing samples online, as well as helping to establish your brand. If you’re on a budget, go with a free Blogger or WordPress option for now, as you can purchase a domain once you’re earning money.

Even if you’re starting from scratch, From Blogger to Freelancer will provide you with effective methods for taking the steps to become a freelance writer.

What can I write about?

Freelance writing covers article writing, blogs, branded copy, e-commerce product descriptions, short stories, novels, scripts, as well as extending out into proofreading and editing.

If you want to become a freelance writer, it’s time to take action!

Get my 100% free e-course From Blogger to Freelancer now!