It’s National Global Entrepreneurship Week, so I thought it might be a good time to talk about how that relates to the writers of the world. What does it take to succeed as a writer? Some say it’s an entrepreneurial spirit. After all, if you get doors slammed in your face (or you don’t like the present paths available to you), it’s up to you to make your own way. Entrepreneurship to me means a person who understands the value in controlling the business side of their craft. To that end, I’ll feature some posts this week related the making money part of business, like setting and raising rates and finding work.
Stay tuned each day for tips, and feel free to contact me with questions as we make it through the week.
Here’s the first area: Finding Freelance Work.
One of the most popular posts here is the link to online resources for job ads. Despite that we say time and again that job ads aren’t the best way to find freelance work, I think many people like to look just to “see what’s out there. Of the links I have listed there, here are the ones I peruse myself:
I don’t look at these very often anymore, but I do take a peek occasionally. Instead of looking at ads, I spend my time contacting companies and sites that I want to work for. Of the links I have listed above, I’d say I have picked up the most gigs from Problogger and Journalism Jobs. Now, having said that, my best paying gigs came from contacting people directly, which I still think is the best way to do it.
Contacting Websites and Companies
Many freelancers wonder where to begin with finding work, and my advice is if you came to freelancing from a “real” (corporate, steady) job, go to your former employer(s) first. This got me a start in freelancing. When I quit my last job so that I could start my freelance business, I told them what I was doing and encouraged them to call me for work. They did. It was awesome.