For the last 2 weeks, I had you digging deep and getting clear on what, or rather, where you want your freelance writing business to go.
Because having this filtering system in place will help you move towards your freelancing goals faster.
But by now you’re probably itching to know where you can find better paying clients.
So below is the list of lists where they are:
- Carol Tice’s post on 140 websites that pay writers
- Sophie Lizard’s 64 blogs that pay $50 or more
- Consumer magazines in AllYouCanRead.com
- Trade magazines in Tradepub.com
- Marketing agencies in Custom Content Council
- Startups in AngelList
- Forbes’ companies list like this, this, and this
- Online business directories like this and this
And here are job boards that often post freelance writing jobs from top companies:
7 ways to find more clients
But did you know that you can easily make your own list too?
So before you go on a bookmarking spree, let me share with you my ninja moves to find goldmines like these.
1. Mine your own network and email subscriptions
Check who are in your personal and professional network and see if they have businesses or websites that fall within your chosen niche and target market. If they’re your friend then it’s better. It’ll be easier for you to reach out to them to offer your services.
The sites to which you’re subscribed to are also good places to start. You’re subscribed to these sites so more or less you’re interested in their topic making it easier to write about it. So consider reaching out to these websites too.
2. Set up email job alerts
You can use Google Alerts or Feedly for this. Set up keywords such as freelance writing jobs or freelance writer. A general keyword like freelance job can also generate good results. And once a week or once a month, scan your feeds for job opportunities.
3. Search Google like an expert
A Google search using typical search techniques can already bring you good resources for clients but if you use specific search phrases like those used by experts in this Hubspot post then you’ll get more targeted results.
Also, the other tools provided by Google like the news section, blog search section, Google scholar and Google books are great sources for making your client list. Even the Play Store is a place where you can find good-paying clients especially if you want to write about tech, app or software topics. The developer info is on the app’s page with a link to their email so you have your work of finding their contact info cut out for you.
4. Find companies via social media pages and groups
Facebook and LinkedIn are both teeming with pages and groups of businesses from all countries. Follow or join these kinds of communities and you’ll have your list of prospect clients set up from within that social site.
For example, after liking a page of one entrepreneur whose work I really love, this entrepreneur started a discussion where more than 100 other entrepreneurs chimed in. The discussion was lively. But the best part for me was that I got a list of prospect clients on a specific niche that I like to write about and even for a specific country I’m targeting…all from following this one entrepreneur!
You can do the same in Twitter. Twitter has a feature called Lists which can be set to private or public. You can choose an individual or company who belongs in your target market, check if they have a public list whose members belong to your target market and subscribe to that list. You’ll both be updated of the industry you want to write about plus you get to have a list of prospect clients within your Twitter feed.
5. Join writing communities
We, international freelance writers are a generous bunch. If you’re one of my email subscribers, then you know that I’m a member of the Freelance Writer’s Den and I also hang around Be A Freelance Blogger’s Free community.
With these 2 sites alone, I get a lot of tip offs on current writing job openings in top companies and websites. And you can join these communities too.
(Note: If you want to join my insider’s list, click here.)
6. Always be on the lookout for opportunities
As writers, we often research first before we actually write. And while researching we come across different businesses and websites. During these times, I always keep 3 radars on.
First, my radar to see if what the site is talking about is relevant to my research. Second, if the site currently has online job openings, and third if the site falls in my target market. If it does, then it goes to my prospect list.
Like Draft’s job board which I recently found. I thought that Draft was hiring for their own company but turns out, it’s a job board where they post freelance blogging job opps.
7. Visit the comment sections
This section of every site is a great source for data about your target market and their desires and pains as well. When doing your research, check out the sites of the persons commenting there and you may just find your ideal client.
Now that you have this knowledge under your belt, you’ll never run out of places to find good-paying clients. You might even feel overwhelmed and not know where to start! And isn’t that a good problem to have?
You can also use these moves to research about specific topics you’re writing about – a skill that will make you your best business asset.
Find your clients now
Many legitimate businesses are finding it necessary to have their own blogs or other types of online content created to share with their own target customers. And they need content writers to help them create these on a regular basis.
You see, there’s a vast ocean of opportunities waiting for you. You just have to man-up, make sure your writing chops are ready, connect with them, and provide them the high-quality content that the web needs.
If this seems a lot, consider doing only 1 technique this week or scanning only 1 of the lists I referred to above.
Now I’d love to hear from you. What’s the best tip you got from this post? Or if you have your own way of finding clients, let us know about it.
Thanks and I can’t wait to talk with you in the comments.