OK, you’ve got the writing bug and you just want to write, write, write! Finding a client to write for can often be easier said than done – the main problem being that there’s an abundance of content writers out there, so you really do have to stand out from the crowd if you’re to stand any chance of landing a client or two.
One of the best ways in which you can find work as a freelance writer is to contact content writing services and other similar companies – they often have hundreds of clients and an on-going demand for content writing. Here are five top tips that every freelance writer should take on-board before applying to write for content companies:
- Start how you mean to go on: You wouldn’t believe how many emails I receive that are written in broken English, missing punctuation and full of spelling errors. I’m not trying to sound like an English teacher, but if you’re applying for a job to write content, you need to make sure your initial correspondences sell your skills.
- Attach your CV and a couple of examples: If you attach your CV and some relevant examples in your first message, there’s a greater chance that the employer will get back to you. Make sure your CV is sharp and your samples are amazing – it’s your one chance to sell yourself!
- Be honest: Don’t make false claims when applying for jobs with content writing companies. Any individual in charge of recruitment at such a company who is worth their salt will do some very basic checks on you. Make sure any work you present is actually yours, and make sure any/all references on your CV actually check out (i.e. don’t make them up!).
- Apply for more than one position: Don’t pin your hopes on working for one specific company – hedge your bets and apply for positions with a few different writing companies. You’ll find that work ebbs and flows – so when one company has no work for you, you could be getting on with a project for another company. If you get into a position where lots of companies want to send work your way, simply take the best-paid project!
- Be patient: The old adage is that “patience is a virtue” and it really is. Content writing companies tend to be fairly busy – so just because they don’t reply to your email within the hour doesn’t mean they’re not interested in hiring you. Give them a good week or two to respond and if you don’t hear back feel free to fire off a reminder email. If you don’t hear back after the remind email, the chances are they’re not recruiting.
So there you have it – five helpful tips for freelance writers looking to work for some of the larger content writing services on the internet.
This guest post was written by Nick, from http://www.ContentWriting.org