Freelance Writing Job SearchIf you organize your freelance writing job search you’ll know what sort of followup, if any, you need to do.

The first step in organizing your freelance writing job search is knowing what kind of gigs you’re looking for.  It’s simply not enough to say you’re looking for any sort of writing job – you need to be specific so you don’t just flail around as you look for writing work.

You could think of this definition as your writing niche. It helps to know when you’re looking if you like blogging or writing white papers or stories about child rearing or your favorite pets. Probably you’ll want at least a couple of subjects as well as a couple areas you like to write in – articles, posts, first person essays, interviews, etc.

You do this so you can target your search efficiently. It’s a way to help maximize both your time and your income.

Once you know what sort of freelance writing jobs you’re looking for, you can begin to organize your search.

How often should you look for freelance writing jobs?

Searching for freelance writing jobs is actually part of your marketing. How frequently you should look depends on many things, including your area of expertise and the type of writing you’re doing.

It certainly won’t hurt to look daily or two or three times a week provided you’ve got it down to a system that doesn’t take a ton of time. I have four or five sites bookmarked. I took them n from my freelance writing job list and I run through them  at least a couple of times a week. I’ve also set up a couple of notifications via LinkedIN that send me info on possible gigs.

My goal is to find the gems that fit me perfectly and to avoid the problems associated with having only one or two clients. It takes me 10-20 minutes or so to run through the lists and if there’s something I’m interested in, maybe another 15 minutes to craft and [click to continue…]

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I don't want to write on fridays

Do you ever hear yourself saying “I don’t want to write on Fridays”?

Or maybe it’s some other day of the week you don’t want to write.

It might even be “I don’t want to write weekends!”

What if you said “I don’t want to write at all for a whole week!”?

Or maybe, (gasp) for a whole month?

What do you tell yourself when you think something like this?

Do you start to worry you’re becoming a procrastinator?

Do you wonder if this is the beginning of writer’s block?

Do you find some other way to make yourself wrong?

Or…

Do you say to yourself, “Hmmm. That sounds like a heck of a good idea,” and ask yourself, “how can I make that happen?”

Of course, only you know if you’re procrastinating or if you’d really enjoy and probably benefit from working only four days a week, or taking serious time off.

You’re the expert on your own life

Probably the biggest reason people come back to me for more coaching is not just because I’ve been writing for a long time and have a ton of real world experience. I think it’s also because I totally know that you are the expert on your own life.

I trust you to know what’s right for you, at least most of the time.

More than that, I trust you to admit it if you make a mistake, and learn from that as you let it go and move on.

I don’t believe the only way to writing success is X number of words a day, or a promise to write every day of the week, or any other formula. Formulas can be tools that are effective some of the time. But they are only tools, and like all tools they can be misused.

If you want some time off…

If you want some time off, figure out how to honor that desire and take it.

One of the reasons we’re freelancers is so we can control our time – and that includes our time off.

I don’t know about you, but when I say “I don’t want to write on Fridays” it’s a sign of sanity and honest self-care.

Write well, and often, but not too often,

Anne Wayman freelance writer

 

 

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