finding freelance writing jobsWhen, as an editor, and actually posted ads hoping to fill a few freelance writing jobs, I was astounded at how hardly any of those applying every followed the directions I’d taken time to spell out.

I was even more surprised when I discovered many editors felt exactly the same way.

None of us could  figure out why so many who said they wanted to work with us, ignored how we wanted them to apply for freelance writing jobs.We all agreed, however, that folks who didn’t apply the way we asked never got hired.

Typical instructions for applying for freelance writing jobs

The kinds of instructions about how to apply include:

  • Submit resume in body of email
  • Resumes in .pdf only
  • Send links only
  • Add 12345 in the subject line.
  • Tell us why you are the perfect person for this job
  • Write a sample article
  • Apply using this link
  • Submit through agent only
  • Query only

What the writing client wants

When someone takes the time to spell out instructions, they do so for two reasons.

  1. First, it’s a mini-test. If you can’t follow instructions why in the world would they think you could write what they want and need? [click to continue…]

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money3By Kelly James-Enger

If you write because you love to, you simply write. To make money from your writing, though, you need clients who will pay you.

A steady stream of clients helps ensure that you stay busy, and make a good living as a freelancer. And getting more money for the work you do helps you increase your overall income.

Try these seven techniques to get more work—and make more money from it:

  1. Go public. Chances are you already have a Facebook page. Do your Friends know that you freelance? Get in the habit of posting occasionally about what you’re working on. You never know who might be in need of a writer, and people are more likely to think of you when they know you freelance.
  2. Go online. There are plenty of sites that offer freelance opportunities, including www.journalismjobs.com, http://craigslist.org; and www.problogger.com. Anne has a list of sites here. Check these sites every week or so to find opportunities that are a good fit for you. [click to continue…]

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