As a freelance writer, the most important thing to do is get that next job. There are oodles of ways to do this including building a website and climbing up the search rankings. You can advertise. You can aggressively go after job leads on various freelance job boards. Cold call companies. In fact, you should be doing all of those.

But another great way to make new assignments and get pitched jobs is to add your name to a writing group like the Freelance Writer Directory. I recently discovered this great resource and quickly added my own profile. Yes, it costs $10 to submit your profile, but that’s it. A one-time fee to be added to a great list. Besides writing out a nice paragraph or two about my skills and experiences, I was able to add my website, and links to all my social media accounts. I also selected appropriate categories that I’m qualified to write about. This is a no-frills type of site, so there aren’t many bells or whistles to distract users or keep them from finding your information. It’s a straight-up resource that lists freelance writers according to their skills.

The neat thing about the site is that potential clients can browse through the categories to find targeted freelancers. It’s pretty much exactly what I’ve been looking for and hope more people and employers start using in their search for writers. What I really do love about the site, though, is that Social Media/Blogging Expert Kristi Hines is behind the whole thing. I just love Kristi’s blog Kikolani, which is full of insanely helpful and informative tips, resources, and information about writing and marketing. Plus, Kristi is seriously one of the nicest people I’ve ever gotten to know.

You can expect to see loads of helpful freelance tips on the site too, like the latest blog post: Get Paid to Write – The Ultimate Resource List of Blogs That Pay for Content. Really really helpful list!

One thing I would love to see on here though is some sort of rating system where clients can either leave comments or a thumbs up or something about a specific freelancer. I know that could end up getting messy if freelancers start sabotaging other writers to make themselves look better, but maybe Kristi can add some sort of moderation or testimonials tied to LinkedIn or something.

If you’re a freelancer looking to get a lot more exposure, I highly recommend submitting a listing to the Freelance Writer Directory. It’s the write thing to do.

Do you know of any Writing Directories? Let me know in the comments below!

Photo via Kristin Nador/Flickr.

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  • Hello there! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering if
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    • Andrew

      Hey! Sorry, just saw this comment. I’m a tad bit behind! No idea where to find one other than to search the WordPress.org plugin site. Good luck!

  • It does not look like you have read the Hargreaves Review on the Digital Economy Act or the alleged ipmcat of filesharing on the economy…. yes, freedom of expression can be limited to protect the rights of others, but then it needs to be in law, not arbitrary, and necessary to achieve the stated aim. The aim of the Digital economy Act is not clear, reduce infringement, increase legal sales, act as deterrent…. the economic and human rights ipmcat assessment done for the Act were ridiculous. The scheme is hugely expensive, and reduction in copyright infringement and increase in legal sales (which is not the same) can be achieved through other means, which does not involve the closing of WiFi networks and increasing the cost for public internet access intermediaries. At the very least Ofcom should do its own figures on the level of copyright infringement through p2p filesharing (that is the only type of infringement that can be pursued through the Digital Economy Act). Chances are that by now it is insignificant compared to other types of copyright infringement or legal sales of music.

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