Hey, how’s it going? I just wanted to tell you I landed my first freelance stint – rewriting a website. I guess I was desperate so I took a really low rate… but I’m negotiating with him now and hopefully he’ll throw me some more work…
In the interim, do you have any sources for more ‘grunt’ work like word processing, data entry, and the like?
I’m so broke now – Long story short I just moved to Maryland but finding a real job despite my experience is quite a chore. I’ve had a handful of interviews in 2012, but no offers and very little work.
I just need something to keep me going and help support my family.
Hope all is well!
A big congratulations on landing your first gig. Do a super job and get a good recommendation that can go on your website and never charge so little again.
Keep marketing your services – every work day. When you get a little extra money to invest in your business, consider Lori Widmer’s excellent Marketing 365: Daily Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Small Business.
Now for generating cash before your freelancing takes off, I suggest part time work. I’ve done everything from waitressing to telemarketing to support my writing habit. I call these throw-away jobs because I won’t ruin my reputation by taking or leaving them.
If you have any sales ability, a part time sales job can be a lifesaver – just don’t engage in too much wishful thinking with these.
These days I suspect your local craigslist will be a great place to find part time work – assuming you live in a community that’s well served by the site. Local newspapers can also be good sources. Check to see if your area has a job board of some sort – the biggies won’t usually work for the kind of work you’re looking for. The same thing applies if you need to work full time.
As always, telling your friends, family and neighbors you’re looking for work can also help you locate something.
Good luck, and keep writing. Let us know how it goes.
How have you found work between writing gigs?
Do you have a question about freelance writing? Email me, with Q&A in the subject line and I’ll probably get it answered here.