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In session 7, the focus was on expanding your network of experts.
In session 8, the focus is again on expansion – this time of places to find writing jobs.
There are multiple places online where you can find freelance writing jobs being advertised, several of them quite good. I’ll include a list of where I often look – and caution you that, any time an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Most of these sites are free – meaning you don’t need to pay to get the information or to apply for a job/respond to an ad – although some have paying options as well as free ones.
- http://freelancewritinggigs.com/: this site contains a significant number of ads for freelance writers each day, Monday through Friday. These jobs are broken down by these categories: content writing jobs; blogging jobs; copywriting jobs; proofreading/editing jobs; technical writing jobs; general/misc. freelance writing jobs; and magazine writing gigs.
- http://www.freelancewriting.com/newsletters/morning-coffee-freelance-writing-jobs.php: this usually contains some good opportunities; they are posted once a week, on Tuesday mornings
- http://freelancewrite.about.com/od/freelancejobresources/tp/Freelance-Jobs.htm: this is a list of 28 different sites where you can look for freelance work; there is some crossover with my own list.
- http://www.mediabistro.com/: many of these are staff jobs, but there are telecommuting options included
- http://www.journalismjobs.com: choose the telecommuting option if you are looking for freelance opportunities
- http://writersweekly.com/markets_and_jobs.php: this is updated once a week
- http://cleveland.craigslist.org/wri/: this is just one of the many regional Craiglist websites that posts writing gigs
- http://h-net.org/announce/group.cgi?type=Publications: this focuses on more academic writing
- http://www.elance.com: here, writers bid for jobs against other writers
- http://www.guru.com: here, writers bid for jobs against other writers
- http://www.odesk.com: here, writers bid for jobs against other writers
- http://www.creativejobscentral.com/: this is fee-based
- http://www.problogger.net: blogging jobs
- http://forums.about.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?folderId=13&listMode=13&nav=messages&webtag=ab-weblogs: blogging jobs
- http://weblogs.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=weblogs&cdn=compute&tm=10&f=21&su=p284.13.342.ip_p504.6.342.ip_&tt=3&bt=4&bts=5&zu=http%3A//bloggingpro.com/jobs/: blogging jobs
- http://jobs.blogging.biz/: blogging jobs
Believe it or not, I’m sure I’ve missed some opportunities! Typically, with these ads, the people posting them already know what he/she needs a writer to do. In other words, they probably will not expect you to come up with ideas of what to write – which can take a lot of pressure off of you!
When you respond to these ads, make sure you address any issues and answer any questions that the ad contains. You’ll want to tailor individual responses to these job ads, as one size definitely won’t fit all. If you’re interested in a job, be sure to respond quickly.
If you end up getting jobs where you don’t know which experts to interview, here are two free resources:
At each of these, you can post your request for experts to contact you to be interviewed for the writing project that you’re working on. Sometimes, you get bombarded with replies, so watch out!
Action item: get into the habit of checking for jobs regularly. Good opportunities don’t last long! Consider getting to know what fellow writers are searching for; if you find a job that doesn’t work for you but might help out another writer that you know, send him or her the ad – and ask that he or she return the favor, if the right circumstances arise.
Head on over to Part 9 to learn how to apply everything you have learned so far.