Facts: You’re a good writer. You’re a smart cookie. You’re a hustler with a can-do mindset. So… why is it so hard to find new writing clients?
The frantic search by freelancers to land lucrative gigs seems never-ending. If you hang around Facebook groups and Quora pages long enough, you may start to wonder if this whole full time freelancing thing is total BS.
Posts and comment threads are bursting with frustrated writers who feel ripped off by an impossible dream and are ready to go back to their cubicles. I mean, is anyone getting clients out there?
Well, yeah! They are. Every day. And now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s move on to the obvious question…
What are successful freelance writers doing differently?
The answer isn’t complicated: They’re staying flexible.
There are many blog posts out there outlining best practices for freelance career building, but most don’t mention the fact that different strategies work for different freelancers. Your industry, your services, and your rates may all be variables you need to test to find your client-finding sweet spot.
Successful freelancers know that this is an ever-evolving process, and they change things up if their current strategy isn’t working out.
Not surprisingly, this need for trial and error problem solving can be frustrating. So frustrating, in fact, that it’s enough for some writers to throw in the towel completely.
But don’t do that.
Instead, make a cup of tea and take a long, honest look at your freelance writing strategy.
There’s a reason (or perhaps more than one reason) you’re not getting work while other freelancers are. You just need to figure out where the blockages are and unclog ’em.
Here are 6 questions to ask yourself if you’re not getting writing jobs—before you hit the panic button.