As freelance writers we all need to promote our services and secure enough new assignments to keep the money coming in.
In common with many writers, most of my new writing jobs come in through word or mouth, previous relationships and the fruits of endless networking.
That said, we all have some lean times. When that happens I turn to some of the sites and boards online. The trouble with most of them is that you find yourself competing with dozens of other writers for each job and, before you know it, everyone is undercutting everyone else. The outcome is that the pickings are very slim and the writing assignments you do find simply don't pay enough.
It's for this reason that I like GoFreelance. They list a huge variety of writing jobs and many seem to offer a very decent fee.
I just had a look before writing this review and here are the first three jobs I saw listed:
Write Articles for a Travel Magazine: $1000 per article
A national publication focused on the international travel market is looking for writers to contribute material on a regular basis. You must have sound writing skills, and the ability to contribute photos with articles would be an asset. Articles will be 1500-2000 words in length, covering a global travel destination.
Edit Books and Annuals: $3000 per project
This well-known publisher is looking for someone with an eye for detail to edit books and annuals on a range of trade subjects.
You can undertake the work from home, but should be available for telephone conference calls. You will work closely with authors, publishers and other editors.
Write Web Site Copy: $1000 per sales letter, flexible working
A skilled copywriter is required to produce persuasive sales letters for a variety of web properties and direct marketing projects. You must have the ability to sell convincingly, and communicate commercial benefits effectively. There is plenty of lucrative work for a writer who can produce results.
Those sound like pretty nice jobs to me.
What kind of jobs will you find listed? Here are a few examples:
- researching and writing articles for magazines and newspapers
- creating scripts for videos, documentaries and film projects
- copywriting for marketing and advertising clients
- editing books, articles and other publications
- proof-reading for publishing and corporate clients
- speechwriting for political, government and commercial clients
- creating content for web sites and ezines
- ghostwriting for celebrity authors
That's quite a variety, and should provide some opportunities for any freelance writer looking for new work.