You can find freelance writing jobs virtually anywhere – through old employers and colleagues, on Craigslist and bidding sites, and even on social media. Freelance writing opportunities are all around us. But as nice as it is to wade through the numerous opportunities, it can also make the process of landing new freelance gigs pretty time-consuming. Do you really have hours to scour the web, checking in on every possible job site, social platform and blog? Definitely not – at least not if you want to be profitable!
Thankfully, you don’t have to. Below are a few of the best possible spots for finding gigs – gigs that can be lucrative and interesting and get you on the fast track to earnings.
1. Morning Coffee Newsletter – This handy newsletter found at Freelance Writing Riches sends daily job alerts straight to your inbox. It features 10 to 20 handpicked freelance writing jobs from across the Internet, each with a different client, pay and focus. Some come from Craigslist (which means you don’t have to scour the dozens and dozens of city-based Craigslist ads for gigs!) and some come from other job sites across the web.
The main point? The work is already done for you. Just sit back, check your email, and apply for anything that sounds like a good fit.
2. Blogging Pro – The Blogging Pro job board is a great place to find high-paying, legitimate freelance writing gigs for one big reason: Clients have to pay to post a job on it. Sure, it’s only $30, but when there are alternative sites that are absolutely FREE for posting, you know a client means business if they’re willing to shell out cash for their post! You’ll find everything from niche, industry-specific gigs to full-time remote opportunities for single clients. It’s a must-see stop on your weekly job hunt.
3. LinkedIn – LinkedIn can provide freelance writing job opportunities in two ways – 1. Job postings on the site – 2. Easy and seamless networking.
Though networking takes a little more work, you can often spot opportunities for gigs just by checking your feed daily. Did someone change jobs or get promoted? Reach out and see if they could use your services. Is someone launching a new website? Ask if they could use help with web content. You never know when a job is right around the corner.
4. Freelance Profit Academy – Job scams are plenteous on the web, and unsuspecting freelance writers can get caught in their devious web easily. Thankfully, the Freelance Profit Academy houses a daily, scam-free job board that weeds out scams and supplies you with the highest-quality jobs sourced from around the web. Six-figure freelance writer, Maggie Linders, and her knowledgeable team review each and every job to provide you with only the best ones.
How Much Should Freelance Writers Charge for Their Work?
This is one of the most common questions from new freelance writers. Unfortunately, there’s no clear-cut answer. The rate a freelance writer should charge depends on so many variables, and many times, one writer’s rates can change daily, weekly or even hourly if the projects are different enough! If you’re struggling to determine what you should charge for your freelance writing work, there are a few factors you’ll want to consider.
Your Experience – How long have you been writing? More specifically, how long have you been writing the type of content your client or project requires? Generally, the more experience you can lend to a project, the higher rate you can command.The Venue/Client. What’s the client like? Are they a small business or a big-budget corporation? Where did you find the gig? Was it on Craigslist or a job board that requires payment to post? Try to gauge how much your client has to spend, and use that as a basis for building your rate.
The Time Required – Take a look at the project as a whole and try to determine how long it will take you to complete. Though you may not be charging the client hourly, you still want to make a profitable hourly rate once the project is complete. Be sure to add in a little cushion for editing and revisions, too. Those will probably take at least a few hours.
Your Goals – What are your career goals? Are you wanting to make $100K a year and work 20 hours a week, or are you okay with working 40 hours a week and making only $50K? You’ll have to charge higher rates the more you want to make and the less you want to work. To figure out how much you should charge, determine your monthly salary goal and divide it by the number of hours a month you will work on freelance writing. Make sure to use only your billable hours in your calculations as some work you may be doing could be related to your business but it may not be actual writing. Only calculate your “writing” tasks hours when you are determining your target hourly rate.
Your Financial Situation – How much do you need to make to cover your bills and expenses? Figure out what hourly rate you’ll need to charge to make that amount. This should be an even bigger consideration than your financial goals. After all, you have to be able to pay that Internet bill to keep on working, right?
With freelance writing, you can charge by the hour, per word or per project – whatever works best for you and your client. It is recommended to charge per hour or project since sometimes clients can balk at an hourly rate even though they would pay you the same amount of money should you quote per hour or per project. Consider all the factors before presenting your rates to make sure you’ll end up with the profitable side of the bargain. Don’t be afraid to ask for the high rate you know you deserve! There are clients out there willing to pay it.
The rate question is a complex one to answer but the Freelance Profit Academy can help you come up with exact rate figures.
Wishing You Prosperity,