Freelance Writing Tips - Not Finding Writing Clients? Ask Yourself These 6 Questions

Honesty Time! 6 Questions to Ask Yourself if You’re Not Getting Writing Jobs

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.

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Why You Need A Writing Niche & How To Pick One (1)

Yes, You Need a Freelance Writing Niche! Here’s How to Pick One

Picture this. You’re making an epic dinner. The recipe calls for an obscure ingredient, so you slide into your shoes and head out to do some shopping.

There are general groceries all over, but as you turn the corner, you see a different kind of store.

It’s a specialty grocery—slightly more expensive, a little further from your apartment. But in the window, there’s a poster featuring the obscure ingredient you need.

Are you going to waltz into the local Key Food or are you hauling ass to that specialty store to get exactly what you need?

I think you see where I’m going with this. When we have a specific need or problem, price and other factors become less important than securing the solution.

This is true in virtually every industry, from home goods and clothing to medical services and hospitality.

This concept is the reason writers who specialize—or find a niche—end up making more money than those who offer broad writing services.

Today I’m going to break down this concept a little further and show you how to choose your own niche.

Because, yes, you need a writing niche.

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Launch Your Freelance Career With No Experience

DJO Podcast 002: Launch Your Freelance Career With No Experience

Episode 2 is a big one, babes! It’s all about launching a freelance career and getting those first clients when you have little or no experience.

The paradox many new writers believe is that if they’ve never written professionally, no one will hire them… thus, they’ll never get writing experience.

So how do you launch your freelance career with no experience?

While there’s no “magic switch” to turn you into a freelance writer overnight, if you’re willing to hustle and put in the effort, you can land your first freelance writing gigs sooner than you think.

Seriously, though. You can do it!

We broke down exactly how in this week’s episode, so jump below and click play!

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